crying in crate

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hi guys

have started to crate train sam and so far it has been going well.

however today i needed to do some things around the house so when he went into the crate of his own accord i closed the gate to begin doing what i needed to do.

shortly after he started barking and howling to be let out .

my question is should i let him out or leave him in there until i am finsihed what i am doing as i dont want him to hate the crate and go nuts everytime he has to go in.

does he need to be left in to cry it out until i am ready let him out?

thanks.

 

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Hmmmmm we won't let ours out if he starts to do this till he's quiet for a minute or two. He's only in there at night anyways but still never want to ok to this behavior in my opinion. So I'd wait till he was quiet for at least two minutes so he understands that quiet is the key and tantrums are not :)

 

 

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Thanks for the reply.
It only happened once or twice today so he isnt doing it constantly.
He actually likes the crate he goes into it every nap time without any encouragement from me.
I just dont want him thinking of the crate as a bad place to be.

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He won't if it's associated with all good things and is never used as a punishment so I wouldnt worry. If he does it just ignore it till he settles and wait for two mins of quiet and let him out after that with lots of praise. That way he get that's his place to be quiet and relaxed :) maybe put a crate only item in with him when he goes in there something of high value like a yummy kong or some sorta yummy chew so he will learn crate means I get this and that's amazing :)

 

 

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no it is not and never will be used as punishment.

looking forward to getting his final injections next week and getting him to obedience classes i think he will do well at them.

thanks for al the advice ares it has been very helpful.

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I definitely wouldn't let him out when he cries; that reinforces that he can control when he's in and out.  I would make sure to give him a small treat every time you close the door though.  Zeus is 4 months old and doesn't mind the crate at all; I've made sure it's a happy treat laden place!

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thanks for the advice laura.

yes i agree if he cries i dont take him out and its working .

i have just put him to bed for the night before i go myself and he cried for 30 seconds and has already settled.

gave him a small treat when he went in.

it seems to help.