Dogs are natural den animals and they love being in their own private, enclosed spaces. We know crates are really good for dogs, but when you're living in a 2-bedroom condo with 2 big dogs space is at a premium; it's hard having crates without them taking over our living space. Plus, we have an open floor plan which was perfect for E's b-boy battles, but leaves everything else exposed:
In my last apartment I had no choice but to keep her crate in the middle of my living room. Here, I thought we could create some furniture partitions to keep a comfortable living area while having a separate space for the pooches. We pulled the couch up a bit and got an Ikea console to set up behind it
Then we had some space behind the couch to keep the dog crates and their toy box. We eventually traded out Mr. B's crate for a tepee which looks cooler than the metal crate and he likes just as well.
So when we walk in we can see this:
With much of the dog area hidden:
We still have Miss M's wire crate which is tucked to the side. What types of arrangements does everyone else use for their dog areas?