Crate Training?

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Hello!


Just got my 8 week old pup yesterday. I'm so tired! haha. We ended up letting him sleep in the bed because he was very nervous about not having his litter mates. I tried putting him in the crate for a minute and he howled and cried the entire time. Is it too early to start having him in there over night?

He's not comfortable with being alone. He likes to be with someone at all times. It's understandable. I just don't know whether I should allow this until he is more comfortable with his new lifestyle or just start crating immediately and letting him cry until he figures it out.


I would like to be able to sleep without getting my hair chewed on! :-) hehe

 

Thanks!

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It's never too early to crate train.  my boy was from day one when we got him.  Yes they whine and howl, but you have to stay firm or they will not get it.  

That being said, you don't have to put him in the crate and leave him.  I would sit next to his crate, not interacting, just having my presence there until he would calm down and then I would move slowly away.  His crate has always been in the bedroom with us so he's never really in the room alone. 

Of course, if there's whining during the night, you have to get up and take him out, at first I was taking him out between 3 and 4 times at night, but always putting him back in the crate afterwards. 

Cheers, 

E

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Make sure crate time is always fun.  I put Mia in there with snacks and toys 15 or 20 times a day. Leave the door open at first and just keep extending the time in there.  You probably know this  but never put them in the crate for punishment.  It's a happy place they can call their own. Now Mia goes there on her own when she feels like getting away.  Good Luck!

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Thanks for the tips! The first time I put him in the crate we were in the room with him and he didn't seem to care lol. I'm hoping he will get used to it so he has a place to hide from the kids when he wants to rest.

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Our girl was 11 weeks when we got her.  We put her in the crate and she HOWLED and SCREAMED the whole night (well, it felt like the whole night!  Really, it wasn't).  After a few days she only howled early in the morning, and now she doesn't howl at all.  I think it was less than a week for her to get used to sleeping in her crate.  Good luck!

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We're just starting to crate train our boy, Milo. His new crate didn't arrive until about three nights after we picked him up.  I slept on the floor with him for the first three nights because it was an entirely new environment away from his siblings and mother.  I didn't want him in our bed that's why I slept on the floor but now that his crate is here. he's been sleeping in it, most of the night.  He has a great big dig pillow, blanket, toys, he's starting to realize that's his place.  I leave the door open during the day and he just started going in by himself this morning, just to relax.  The first night we put him in it, I slept next to it so he would be comfortable.  The second night (it's only been two nights so far..lol) I slept on the loveseat next to the crate.  He woke up a few times but I softly told him to go "night night".  I think he just needed to hear my voice.  He has not gone potty in his crate either and we take him out to potty as soon as we open the crate.  It's helping with potty training.

I am glad I slept with him the first few nights, we really bonded.  He crawls up in my lap (he's just 7 weeks) and falls asleep on me every night, then I place him in his crate. 

I work during the day but we are fortunate that my husband works from home, so Milo isn't alone.  He bonds with my husband during the day and me in the evening.  He comes right to me as soon as I get home from work, I love it!

I love this forum, it has been so helpful, espefcially since we are new Dobe parents:).

Stacy

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if none of this works for you, try leaving the crate door open during the day, even go over to the crate and coax him in, pat the inside of it and use a loving voice to tell him how comfey it looks! After s/he starts going in willingly for a while, try shutting the door, Short intervals (like a minute or two) to start and then longer intervals, untill you can leave it shut over night!! I had this problem with my last puppy, (he was a pretty big shepherd/Huskey!) I had to go so far as going in the crate myself and laying down (on clean new bedding of course) before he realized it was safe and comfortable. I had to physically show him the crate was okay! (I hope you don't have to go to these extremes! lol) Also make sure the crate is big enough for him to walk in, turn around, and lay down, but not so big that there is a ton of extra room, as this might allow him to potty in the back and sleep in the front! As well as this make sure it is comfey!! put a pet bed in or a nice comfey blanket for him to curl up with (I read that Dobies LOVE blankets and many will suck on them much like a child sucks on thier thumb, for personal security!) Hope this helps you out, I know all dogs are different!!!

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This worked for me. I put Harry in to his crate from day one.

At first at night I had his crate next to my bed. When he wimpered I made quiet soothing noises and put my fingers through the bars so he could sniff/lick them. I woke every hour or so and carried him out to toilet, then back in the crate again. After a couple of weeks I moved his crate to the other side of the room, then a week or so later I moved his crate out of the bedroom then downstairs then to the dog room. Had NO howling or crying with this method. In the day he had treats and his meals in the crate with the door open so he didnt see it as confinement. So go slowly and your pup will love his crate!!