Growing up, my dogs never had a crate… so when I started to read books about puppies and they all recommended crate training, I felt like I would never be able to lock my little pug on one! First I purchased a fabric crate with two windows that I would leave open and then close the kitchen with small fences. It worked for two weeks until she started to break the “tent”. That’s when we decided to buy a real crate. We purchased one that must have been designed for a german shepherd, as 6 pugs could easily fit there! We still left it open at night with the kitchen fences. Once she was a little bit older and started to push the fences, we had one option left… lock her in the cage. Oh my! Was that a difficult thing to do!!! But once I did it I realized she actually loves her crate!!! It is her home… and the one place where she can relax and not be bothered! She even started to go all by her own and take little naps there. So cute! Even though she really likes it, I still felt bad about it… so I started to leave the door open at night. As soon as she realized that it was open… she would start running around and waking us up at 5 am… just to go back to her crate once we were awake! So weird! Anyways, since that little experiment, she now sleeps inside her crate. And she honestly loves it! At around 9 she goes inside all by her own… and she also naps there during the day. So, in case you feel like I felt, and are kind of worried about crate training your doggie… I assure you it’s really easy and good!
Having the crate in the living room can look a little bit sad, so I decided to add a little sign with her name on it. To do so, I got a chalkboard sign at Michael’s and glued it with Martha Stewart’s glue gun. I wrote on it with regular Chalk, at first I tried using some chalk paint and stencils, but the work space is really small and it was not easy to fit the name Lemon on it. I love how it turned out… it makes her crate so cute! Next on my list is to make a cute basket to store all her toys 🙂