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Old 01-04-2019, 09:36 AM
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How long did it take to crate train?

Hi! I’m just curious how long it took you guys to crate train your puppies? I know every dog/puppy is different. I have a crate set up in my living room inside a dog pen, so he can go in his crate or be out of it in the pen with all his toys and the really good bones ( I have other dogs so I have to keep the high prized stuff in the pen with Max the puppy.) He is really attached to me, his mother was killed by his father when he was one week old so him and his litter were bottle fed. He sleeps the night with me and my pack in my room. When I leave I put him in his crate/pen and he cries non stop! I never pay attention to the crying, when I come home I stay in the driveway or in the garage and listen for crying before coming in and letting him out, so far by the time I get home he has stopped. But every time I take him out I take him straight outside with the other dogs and he starts whining, and is right under foot, I ignore this too and I’m sure will get better with time. I have only had him 5 days. I know it’s all normal puppy stuff and he is soooo young! He will be 7 weeks tomorrow. My main issue is my roommate, she’s great but I have tried explaining the whole ignore him when he cries thing but she doesn’t get it, I talked to her about it again yesterday, told her you can’t even walk up and “ssh” him, no eye contact, nothing. Oh well, it will get better with time and as he gets older. I miss my morning runs but I feel bad when he cries bloody murder, he will wake up my roommate lol. He is sooo worth it though!! Sorry been rambling! Lol
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I never crate trained my puppy, she's always had free reign since I got her at 12 weeks- so I cant tell you. Sad to hear of the situation- 😢 There is more than one method for treating sep angst & your puppy will be more prone becos of the early separation from the dog parents. If your finding that ignoring the crying is not working- which lots of peeps have found- then try reassurance. A problem left untreated- (ignoring) is not likely to improve but get worse becos your dog is expressing a need- & that need is being unfullfilled. Ive found that working on making my dog feel more secure & loved made her sep angst miles better. Confidence building & calming techniques also helped.
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If you don’t crate train, what do you do when you leave the house? Doesn’t not crate training lead to a harder time potty training? I’m just curious as in the morning when I go on a run for an hour I considered letting him stay out in the house with my other dogs so he doesn’t wake my roomie, but I don’t want to set him back in potty training or worry about him chewing furniture etc. I think the insane crying has more to do with me cause he is very attached to me, I feel crating might be the only way for me to curb this. Even after I let him out of the crate he will start whining and following me around where I’m tripping over him, I ignore the whimpering and just walk outside and stay there till he pees and then tell him
He’s good.
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Yeah, she would go on her pee mat each time from 12 weeks old when I got her, she only peed on the wrong mat a few times & I said nothing & put her outside, cleaned & sprayed my perfume on it. She smelt its mine- not hers. I worked on teaching her not to chew certain things mostly pillows- she would pull the stuffing out & removed certain things so she could be in the house, she never ate furniture. she sleeps in my bed & I put a little ramp up to it & she would get up use the ramp go on the pee mat & get back into bed without waking me during the night- from 12 weeks she did this. I think I was incredibly lucky tho- I just figured I have to teach her those things anyway- may as well start as soon as. Yes, the early separation from his dog parents can cause sep angst from you. I'm not saying dote everytime he crys, more like - its ok, your ok ( in a soothing, reasuring tone) & a pat, or a smile & carry on like normal. Also distraction helps- throw a ball. Or try sit & treat if there's lots of digging your leg- thats what mine does. Its important that the puppy doesnt feel insecure- leading to more sep angst whilst not overly encouraging the behaviour. My dog used to do it to the point she would screech & climb me- writhing around like an eel- she was absolutely beside herself evertime I tried to leave her & when I returned. I tried tuff luv, ignoring , time out & she was so much worse- what she needed was more love. I ended up leaving her a warm hot water bottle with a padded cover & a fur cover on top, filled half full & leaving the t.v on low vol. I leave my dressing gown on the bed & she curls up in it- my scent on it comforting. This helped. I also got pet cam. The following around- I allow & I involve her in any way I can. Her breed type luv to be in ya face & very inquisitive, curious & smart so I try to accomadate that. I do give her a kiss & cuddle & say I'm going- I'll come back soon when I leave & she loves it- rolls over for a tummy rub before I go instead of crying.

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