I need some help! My puppy refuses to go in any crate. And Barks all the time.

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I have a couple problems. My doberman pup, Sable (9 weeks old) refuses to go in any crate, especially during the night. When I force her in there she barks for hours non stop until I take her out, and when I do she goes on my bed and falls asleep. Crate training is not going well at all :(
Is there another way without using a crate?

Another problem is that she really really really hates my 7yr old female Yorkie. They do not get along at all.

If I'm not near her is it normal for her to bark non stop, and whine. She whines A LOT. To a point where we all just want to kill her.

Please help
Thank you (:

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Hi Sable's Mom - we experienced the same thing with Enzo and he still cries a bit but not as such at night. During the day is a completely different story. We got Enzo on 5/13 and the first couple nights were a nightmare but we didn't cave in and let him out. We didn't get much sleep but eventually (3rd night) it got better. I had to make the crate smaller, covered it with a sheet and gave him a kong with peanut butter and it helped. He still refuses to go in on his own but will now at least accept being placed in it with his treat. I also feed him inside the crate ... well, I can't close the door but he will go inside and eat. For the other dog, I always do slow introductions with dogs and cats. We have been lucky as my Aussie and Enzo play all the time. Annie (3 year old) is very patient with him and corrects his "shark bite" behavior when needed.   For the crate stuff, be sure to go to the forum on this as there are many great posts to give you ideas.  Good luck and be patient with your new baby. My boy is a red guy too! I plan to keep his ears natural. 

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Thank you :)
I feed her in the crate as well, but she wont put her whole body in there. Yeah patience is key!
I plan on getting her ears cropped when shes old enough.
Thank you for the advice, I shall go look it up.

 

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I've never heard of a puppy hating another dog.  Usually that is something develops later on in life.... interesting.  What do you mean by that?

Some puppies are not as accepting of the crate as others.  Ellie was super easy and Harley was not.  Enzo's mom was right, don't cave in!  We didn't get much sleep for the first three weeks (but now he sleeps through the night without a peep.

And yes, it is normal for her to cry when you are not near.  Puppies left alone in the wild would die without their mothers, so they cry out for their mothers to find them.  You need to work on showing her that you will always come back to her.  Try gathering all your things as if you were to leave and walk to the door, then come back to her.  Do this several times a day.  Then actually walk out the door, then come right back in.  Keep doing this for several more days.  Then increase the time you are out.  You need to reinforce that you are coming back. 

Keep in mind that dog's have a different sense of time than you do.  Think about it.  One hour to you is really short compared to your 75+ year lifetime.  She has only been alive a few weeks and will only live to be about 12 years old.  So one hour to her is much much longer!

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from Puppysable: ...Another problem is that she really really really hates my 7yr old female Yorkie. They do not get along at all.

How does your Yorkie react to the puppy?  If the Yorkie is somewhat aggressive, or acts super-bad with making toothy faces or growling, I'd pretty much guess that the puppy is just having some fear based reactions to the other dog---not really 'hating' it.   I have 5 little terriers (rat terriers mostly, and rescues at that) and 2 dobermans.  The dobes get along great with 2 of the terriers, they totally ignore 2 of them, and 1 is such a trouble maker, I have to keep my big dogs separated from her when we're not right there to supervise all actions among them....she is an instigator and the dobies wont tolerate her nastiness without reciprocating occasionally.  It is what it is.  I dont try to force them to get along and be best buds.  I just make sure everyone is safe.

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Just a side note on this one - our collie needed a friend and we decided to adopt a puppy for him to have fun with but EVERY time we took him to any meet/greet for any rescue regardless of location or the type of dogs - PUPPIES would get into attack mode with him, our collie would just shrink and cower but puppies were constantly trying to attack and bite and hurt my collie - I thought it was a very weird thing that puppies were acting this way, I had never seen a puppy go into attack mode. Turns out our collie was apparently incubating a cancerous tumor and the other dogs including the puppies could smell the tumor and that made him the weak link and a threat. So if this behavior continues and it is not instigated by the Yorkie then have the yorkie examined to see if he/she is ill with something only the dogs are sensing.

Odd but possible....

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Oh wow, thats very interesting. I shall observe and see what happens.

Thank you!

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Your puppy IS old enough to have her ears cropped. I actually suggest getting them done asap because 12 weeks is usually the oldest you can get them done. If your pupper is 9 weeks old, you don't have much time left.

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Really? My vet told me that he wont do them until she is 12 weeks old and 25 pounds.

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We had our dobe done at 7 weeks and he is now 13 weeks and we are just about done taping. Our vet said after 12 weeks its a roll of the dice if the ears will stand up. I would call the Vet and talk to them again.