Crate training, help!

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So I just got Diesel over the weekend (7 1/2 weeks old) and he is an awesome pup! Playful and full of energy, and so far we have had only 2 accidents in the house. But both times were my fault I hadn't picked up on his peeing patterns yet. But my real concern is crate training, Diesel HATES the crate. Rarely will he go in there on his own, and when he does he only puts his front paws to drag out his toys. During the day after he falls asleep in my lap I put him in his crate, but he wakes up groggily and begins to whine. Of course at night when I put him in the crate he cries for about 15 minutes also, then falls asleep until I go in after him after 4 hours to give him a restroom break and then put him back in. I have towels over the top, sides and rear. I also have one of my old shirts in there which helps a little. Is there anything else I can do to make him enjoy his crate more? And how do I get him to want to go in on his own?

 

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He's awfully young to be separated from his mom & litter mates.  But you have the pup now.  I would always leave his crate open when not used to confine him so he sees he may come & go as he pleases.  Make it off limits to others, that if he went in on his own accord to get away from everything, they may not remove him.  This way the dog thinks of this as his den, and a safe haven.  He is probably suffering some separation anxiety from his pack.  They slept, played, and ate together.  Now he's alone in an unfamiliar environment and will take time to adjust.

warm water bottles and a wind up ticking clock may provide some artificial comfort.  Do you keep his crate near your bed?  That might be better than a different room.  He can hear you breathing nearby.

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I just received a pet catalog from carealotpets and they have a new toy/comfort item for young puppies it actually has a removable washable mechanism that beats like a heart and is warm and fuzzy you might look into that too to make him feel like he has company in his crate ......to get Ben to go in his crate without fuss I use a tiny treat that I hold at the back of the crate and he goes in to get the treat, after two times of doing this he now goes in with no issues, and will run into his crate when I say "crate! it's time to crate" dobers are smart dogs he will learn if you make it fun and reward him for going in eventually he will go in on his own to take his daily naps .....

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Thanks Kar-Jinx, I will look into getting a water bottle and a ticking clock to keep him feeling he has company. That will probably also get him to stop ripping up the bedding in there. I have his crate in the living room so when am working he can hear and see me. That huge crate wont fit in my bedroom unfortunately.

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Thanks Talisin, it all about the treats isn't it? That heartbeat toy really sounds like a good idea. When I am holding Diesel in my lap he goes to sleep no problem, but in the create its a different story. He will toss around, groan and ultimately whine till he tires himself out and goes to sleep. Thanks again I will keep you posted on the results!

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He is a bit young but I started with the treat deal as well. I say " Go in your room" and every other time, I throw a treat to the back. I pet him and tell him good boy always before closing the door. He always had a shirt of mine in there to sleep with and the whining stopped after one day. Good luck with your baby boy, he's such a cutie!

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I gave the treat a try and guess what? He went no problem, haha. He did ultimately run out, but after I caught him and put him back in not a peep. He actually went to sleep. Thanks everyone, without you guys I would have been stumped.

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yayayaya another success story :)) now hope it lasts hahahaha

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Yay Diesel! Good Boy!!!!!

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Good report .. ahhh treats.. what would we do without them? Now that you know he's food oriented, it will help you with everything else you wish to train him for

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It's also a good idea to cover the crate, with a blanket or sheet.  Also, in the beginning, if you can keep something with your scent nearby when he's in there, that may help.  I used to put the shirt I wore that day next to Dakota's crate at night.