Hello...I just brought home my 7 week old female Dobe. I want to crate train her but when I put her in there with toys he just cries and cries. Is there anything I can do besides let her cry it out? How long should I let her cry?
Take her out for frequent potty breaks. Make sure she potties before going in the crate. Don't let her out when she cries that reinforcing the behavior. I always waited for at least two full mins of silence. I would always put a frozen kong in the crate so he had something better to concentrate on. It last as long as it last every puppy is different. My boy was a crier and didn't stop for a long time but I stuck with it and he loves crate.
Zena did really well in her crate last night. We put it in our room and a blanket covering it except for the side closest us. She cried or about 5 min and passed out!! She used the piddle pad at some point and put herself back to sleep til 615!! I was very pleased!!
I don't really like potty pads I only used them under the dog bed cover just incase cuz they send the wrong message. You want her to not pee in her crate. I set alarms for every couple of hours and would take Ares out. I took him out a lot during the day. Makes potty training easier if they don't get the chance to mess in the house lol of course accidents do happen. Eventually Ares started telling me he had to go by pawing the door :)
I've had a lot of success with Kali by feeding her meals in the crate as this helps them associate the place as being a good place. The first day or so, I did not close the door while she was doing this. Then I would start closing it for a few minutes while she ate and sitting close by. The first week I did not make her sleep in there at night, we just closed our bedroom door. Day by day I started increasing the time she was left "alone" in there (I've read they can only hold their bladder/bowels one hour for the months they are old but no dog should be left more than 6 hours).
If she does start whining or howling, I do not look at her and will have my back to her until she stops. Once she is quiet and relatively calm, I open the door and immediately take her outside (so she knows play time does not start until potty time is over).
Never punish them in the crate or using the crate.
It's really all about being gradual and not forcing too much too soon.
She's just over 10 weeks now and I can leave her in there for about an hour or two during the day and she usually just sleeps. She goes right in at night with the word "crate" and she gets a treat. No whining until she needs to go to the bathroom in the morning (or wants breakfast lol).
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