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As they mature, the amount of sleep they require will decrease. It is important to allow a crying puppy to self-soothe a bit to ensure that they do not whine and cry every time they are confined to receive your attention. If you respond too much to a crying puppy, they will learn to train you! Too often people look at a crate as being the equivalent of jail time for their dog. They are appalled at the idea of confining their dog to a cage. When properly introduced and used correctly, a crate is far from the prison we imagine. If you want a puppy to associate their crate as a good place, you can reward them with a treat every time she enters her crate.

Do small sessions of having your puppy go inside the crate, reward with a treat or toy , shut the door and repeat several times just to make her feel good about going in and out of her crate. It is also good mental work to do this fun game! Let us know if we can help! We offer some of the best dog training in Richmond, VA! Your email address will not be published. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon. Sara Logan Wilson.

Bringing A Puppy Home. She likes her crate and wont potty in it, but cries at night. I think she just needs to potty during the night like I do. When she stops peeing the my bed at night she can sleep with me. Dogs dont like to potty where they sleep and eat, and they are pack animals so they usually sleep together. I feel bad making her sleep alone right now. April 14, am. Marie pike. Any ideas? April 10, am. Dogs are NOT actually den animals. Foxes, in contrast, are den creatures.

The idea that a crate is natural to a dog is not correct. March 25, am. My boyfriend and I brought home a male Chihuahua when he was 6 weeks old , He is now 10 months and we are still having potty training issues. We have trained him to sleep in his crate through out the night but For the last couple weeks, he will wake up and poop around am every morning in his crate even after being taken out!! We set his last potty break at 12 am at night.

We stopped giving him treats and water after 8 pm and were still getting the same problem. We have tried puppy pads in the crate but all he did was rip them up so we stopped using them at 6 months. I am thinking about getting a kennel for him to lay in at night because his crate may be too big for him. Unfortunately , we had to move his crate to the kitchen because that is the only room where we have hardware floors. We use to have his crate in the bedroom with us but he started kicking the black panel out his crate and digging at our carpets and scratching at our walls.

I take my break from work at 12 pm so hes crated am — pm and hes always dry when I get home from break then I go back to work — and when I get home to take him out , hes dry! I feed him and take him out once I get home and then its play time! He is fed dinner at pm and then hes taken out immediately and he goes potty and then playtime again until 11 pm with his potty break following at 12 am and him going back in the crate for bedtime.

Please Help!! February 11, pm. Hi Joy, Welcome to the world of dog ownership.. I have a 16 month old mini schnauzer who was a pain to potty train…and here is the kicker, he STILL will mess in the house and crate. I slide the tray out and cleaned it with him in the crate. Then I washed my hands and came back to see him in stance and crapping the cage. Why did he do this when he had been taken out, and refused to eat that day? Even better why did he not crap after he peed? Why did he watch me clean his pee and then wait for me to walk away to make another mess?

Because he had been crated all day long except to potty and eat. I am in the middle of an allergic reaction to something and wanted to see if keeping him crated would stop the hives. Apparently he was upset from being stuck in a crate all day. Hope this helps! March 27, pm.

I have had many dogs over my life, I even ran an unofficial animal rescue when I was younger. I have never crate trained before but I know dog behavior. You need to show love and dominance to your puper. He needs to respect you and your husband as higher in the hierarchy than him, at the same time he craves attention and love.

When he does something wrong speak in a firm low tone, growl even bare your teeth, dogs also bite and dry hump to show dominance. Toys can be an effective treat if he likes a particular type more than others.

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As far as the crate goes, try feeding him in there with the door open, put a bed in there. Boy dogs tend to be more difficult than girl dogs and you need to be more dominant. Dogs are pack animals they need attention and need set rules wether they are small or large breeds. I hope the best for you and your puper. Chihuahuas are horrible. He was crate trained and actually loved going in his crate. Never peed in it. But he loved to pee everywhere in the house and mark everything. He would pee outside and then just come back in and pee also.

This is a very common problem with chihuahuas. After 7 years, we actually gave him to a friend because it was so out of control. The friend has the same issues. June 9, pm. Haley Waple. My Fiance and I recently brought home a week old lab-pit mix.

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She is just the sweetest and cuddliest dog. We are having a tough time getting used to the crate though. She knows when my fiance and I have to go to work she has to go in the crate. We have tried giving her a bone to keep her occupied, putting an article of our clothing in the crate so she recognizes our scent, she has her favorite toys in the crate, but she whines for hours on end. For the last 2 weeks she has had 3 accidents in her crate, which is not bad at all! The puppy is in the crate from she is out for an hour when my fiance comes home from lunch then she is in the crate from and is let out again by my brother.

Then she is out of her crate when my fiance gets home from work at 5. She is also sleeping at the edge of the bed right now. Thank you! February 1, am. February 3, am. Lori Wiebe. I broke down and got a pompoo for my 14 yr old daughter. I am getting wonderful help from friends — but very conflicting.

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One says do not let pup graze — put food in crate — and shut the door. The other says never feed in crate. I tried feeding in crate — but he gets upset — spills food and whines. Now I have a pup who has not eaten and is upset. I am exhausted and I feel he is in the crate so much already — at night and during the day when I am at work…. I want him to enjoy his new family.

January 9, am. My puppy is 4 months old and is house trained and crate trained at night. She lets us know during the day when she needs to go outside to go potty. She happily sleeps in her crate at night for 9 hours without any accidents. I crate her while I go to work and the kids are at school. I come home at lunch so she is crated fro 8 am to noon and then again from 1 pm until 3 pm when my son gets home from school. Every day, she has a potty accident poop in her crate before I come home at noon.

Would it be better for me to leave her in the bathroom with a puppy pads and toys while I go to work since she does well in her crate at night already? I have tried leaving the TV on for her to keep her entertained and feeling less anxious. I have tried leaving the room dark and quiet so she might just sleep. Nothing seems to work. Thanks for any input! December 4, pm. How big is your crate compared to the dog? Typically dogs will not use the bathroom where they sleep if it means no matter where in the crate they go it will be touching them. Make sure the crate is the right size for the dog or at least get big fluffy blankets and pillows to block off a large portion of the crate and make sort of a wall so that if she does go to the bathroom it will be right in her face or on her if she moves an inch.

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We are trying to crate train to avoid separation anxiety. I work from home so my puppy is in my office with me all day. My question is, my husband and I want her to be able to sleep in the bed with us like our last dog did. Are we shooting ourselves in the foot by not crating her at night, or is it okay to just crate train at selected times throughout the day so she can get used to being in there during the rare times when neither of us can be home? December 3, am.

My week puppy sleeps in her playpen, which I line with pee pads. Instead of peeing on the pee pads which are away from her bedding , she often pees on her bedding. Be mindful of the proper size. The crate should allow enough room for standing, sitting, and stretching out, but you don't want the crate to be so big that your dog has enough room to make one section of the crate the bathroom and the other the sleeping area. Choose the type of crate you want to use. There are many different dog crates available for a range of prices.

Some are even made to look like furniture and can be used as a side table as well as a crate. Be sure that you evaluate the benefits of each kind of dog crate before selecting one. Kennel style crates are hard plastic crates that are enclosed except for ventilation holes on all sides except for the front, which has a wire door. Many of these are airline compliant, so this may be a good option if you plan to travel with your pet.

A puppy pen, which has wire walls but no floor or cover is another option for very young dogs, but be aware that older dogs may be able to move the pen across the floor or even flip it over, so it should only be used under supervision. You should put the crate in a location that will remain consistent. This may be a high-traffic area where your family spends a lot of time, but you may also want to provide the dog with some rest time removed from activity, especially at night.

Provide entertainment in the crate. If your dog has a favorite toy or comforter, place that in the crate in order to give the dog the idea that it is a nice place. You don't want the dog chewing a lump off when he is left alone, swallowing a fragment and getting a bowel obstruction. Cover a wire mesh crate. To make your dog more comfortable, cover the top and sides of a wire mesh crate.

The extra darkness, plus the freedom from scrutiny, will help make the dog feel safer. Be aware, however, that any covering such as a blanket or towel can be pulled in through the sides of the crate and chewed up by a bored or anxious dog. Put a piece of plywood on top of the crate that extends about one foot beyond the sides of the crate, then draping a towel or blanket down the sides.

Place treats inside the crate. As part of crate training you will seed the crate with tasty treats, again so that the dog associates it as a great location where nice things happen. It is not necessary to leave food or water in the crate. Fit, healthy dogs do not need water overnight the longest they will be left in the crate unless the weather is very hot. Method 2. Make the crate comfortable and quiet. You may also want to put it in an area that is easier to clean in case of toilet accidents, such as on a tile floor instead of a carpeted area.

Use the crate at night. There will be nights when your new dog is not fully crate trained, but you need to keep him safe overnight. Play with the dog so he is tired, then put him in the crate, give him a treat to distract him, and shut the door. Then leave the room. Ideally, only re-enter and let the dog out when he is not crying. You may want to place the dog, particularly a young puppy, in a large cardboard box beside your bed for the first couple of nights, while you get busy crate training him during the day.

The pitfall with this is that if he becomes too used to being at your bedside he will kick up an even bigger fuss when you move him from the bedside to the crate. Give puppies bathroom breaks at night. The maximum time you can leave a young puppy overnight is 4 hours, so set your alarm clock ideally for every 2 - 3 hours.

When your alarm goes off, take the puppy from the crate or box and pop him outside for a toilet break. Then put him back into the box or crate. Adult dogs can wait longer, but if they are not housebroken, you may want to follow this guideline even for an older dog. While doing this, do not fuss over or speak to the dog. You don't want to give him the idea that night-time is play time. Method 3. Do not force a dog into a crate.

Never forcibly put the dog into the crate and shut the door. Likewise, never put the dog in the crate as a punishment. Remember, the crate is not a prison where he goes when he's done something wrong, but a space where nice things happen and he goes because he feels safe there.

Restrict the dog to one room at first. You want the dog to "find" the crate of his own accord so that he is more likely to return to the crate. Keeping him restricted to the room that contains the crate will make it more likely that he will find and explore the crate on his own terms. Leave the crate door open. When introducing the dog, set the crate up in the desired location and leave the door open. Ideally, put a blanket that smells of his mother and littermates into the crate, so there's a reason for him to investigate. At this stage the crate door is always open, so the dog can come and go freely.

Closing the door comes later in the process, once he has accepted the crate as his den. Shower the dog with praise. When the dog investigates the crate, make a strong show of enthusiasm and praise. Each time he goes into the crate, drop what you are doing and give him lots of attention and encouragement.

This will help him associate the crate with positive feelings. Seed the crate with tasty treats. You can place special treats such as cubes of cheese or pieces of chicken depending on your dog's likes, dislikes, and allergies inside the crate sporadically. This makes it an exciting place that is worth investigating, and the treat is its own reward. Feed a dog his meals in the crate. Be sure to leave the door open while you feed the dog. Again, the association with food makes it a great place, as far as the dog is concerned.

If the dog only goes into the crate part way, put the food bowl as far in as he is comfortable with. As he gets used to eating in the crate you can put the bowl farther and farther back. Close the door to the crate once the dog is happy eating his meals there. After the dog has become accustomed to eating in the crate and goes into the crate all the way while eating, begin to close the door whilst he eats.

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As soon as he has finished eating, open the door. This way he gets used to being enclosed without making a big deal about it. Begin increasing the door-closed crate time. Once a dog has gotten used to the door being closed whilst he eats, start gradually increasing the amount of time the door stays closed.

The eventual aim is to get him to accept having the door shut for 10 minutes after he's eaten. For example, leave him in the crate for 2 minutes after eating is finished for days before increasing the time to 5 minutes. Then remain at 5 minutes for days before increasing the time to 7 minutes. If the dog starts to whine you have increased the time too quickly.

Next time leave it shut a shorter time. Always remember only to let a dog out of his crate when he is not crying; otherwise, he will learn that crying opens the door. Use a crate command. At the same time as the dog gets used to the crate, it helps to give a command that the pet associates with going into the crate. In time, you will use this to encourage him to go in when you want him to.

Choose a command such as "Crate", or "Kennel" and use a hand gesture indicating the crate. When the pup goes into the crate, say the command. At meal times, use the command and then put the food inside. Start saying the command on its own, and when the dog goes to the crate, drop a treat inside to reward him. Method 4. Be home. It is important that the dog does not immediately associate his crate with being alone or abandoned. Therefore, you should not use the crate when you're away from the house until you have built up to a longer period of time.