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Old 09-07-2017, 10:32 PM
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Puppy practically SCREAMING in crate - please help!

I've had my puppy for about 4 months. She HATES her crate, I think it's a separation anxiety issue. She is very attached to me and my boyfriend, crying if even one of us leaves while the other is still home. We have let her sleep in the bed on a handful of occasions, but sporadically enough it's clearly a special treat and not the norm.

It seems like recently she is SCREAMING like she's in pain when she's in her crate, which is obviously upsetting for me, but probably super annoying for my upstairs neighbors. We have been crate-training her since day one, and the only negative response she gets is us shouting for her to be quiet.

She usually cries, whines, barks, and like I said, screams, until she tires herself out. Her crate has a soft blanket on the floor, a soft bed, a toy or two, and is covered with a blanket to "parrot train" her that- when the blanket is over, it's bedtime. I've tried giving her treats, calmly petting her through the crate, putting her favorite blanket in with her, and even (occasionally) letting her lay in the bed with us until it's time for "lights out". I hate shouting at her, because I don't want her to associate my voice as "the bad guy".

Is there anything else we can try to get her to stop hating her crate so much? It takes nearly any hour to get her to calm down, and I feel like after 4 months this is highly unusual (I've had multiple crate-trained dogs in the past.) Please help, for the sake of me and my neighbors!
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I put a tee-shirt that had been worn for a bit in my puppy's crate. It worked pretty well. Might give that a try.
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Not all dogs like being in a crate. When we adopted Samantha, we were told over and over again, how much she would love her crate, and that she would want to be in it. Well, she hated the crate, and fought tooth and nail to keep from getting into it, and made it very clear, that in her mind the crate was no place she wanted to be, ever. Fortunately she accommodated us by becoming trained quickly, we were able to confine her to the kitchen and family room when we had to leave her alone. This worked much better, she didn't really object, and it wasn't long before she convinced us, she could be trusted with the run of the house. In over seven years she has never ever destroyed anything, and has shown us over and over, she can be trusted. Perhaps you can find a room in your house to confine her in, as we did with Samantha.
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Question Where's the crate at night?

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I've had my puppy about 4 months. She HATES her crate, I think it's separation anxiety... She's very attached to me & my BF, crying if even one of us leaves while the other is still home.

We have let her sleep in the bed on a handful of occasions, but sporadically ... not the norm.

...recently she's SCREAMING like she's in pain when crated... obviously upsetting for me, but probably super-annoying for my upstairs neighbors.

We've crate-trained her since day one... the only negative response, we shout for her to be quiet.

She cries, whines, barks, & screams, until she tires herself out. Her crate has a soft blanket on the floor, a soft bed, a toy or two, and is covered with a blanket to "parrot train" her ... when the blanket is over, it's bedtime.

I've tried treats, ...petting her [in] the crate, put her fave blanket in with her, & even (occasionally) let her lay in the bed with us until 'lights out'...
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Is she fully housetrained?

I wouldn't have a bed, blanket, shreddable toys, etc, in a pup's crate; the chance of ripping & ingesting stuff is too high. // After she's 9-MO or so, her adult teeth will be well-set & she's less likely to destroy things for fun.
THEN, she can have safe chewables [Nylabone, marrow-bone, antler...], AND soft destroyable items... like a bed/ mat / blanket.
A vet-fleece is less likely to get trashed than a foam-filled bed.

Where is the crate kept?
I'd have it within arm's reach of my bed, as a nightstand - with the lamp, leash, my book, etc, on the roof. // If U don't have an airline-approved shipping crate, i'd swap the wire / show crate for a shipper - WIRE crates are only good for stationary use; they pin the dog down in space, don't protect from floor-level drafts, don't confine spills / urine / feces to the crate but allow them to splash or spill out, etc.

Shipping crates are the safest way to transport any pet - they are burst-tested, DON't collapse / rupture / bend & trap the pet / skewer the pet - every wire is a potential stab / wire crates are not just dangerous to the pet inside them, but are hazardous to everyone in the car.
Check CraigsList, eBay, etc, plus FREECycle for giveaways - lost of folks dump their brand-new crate as soon as the pup is housetrained, & give them away or sell them.
Their short-sighted decision can save U at least half the retail-new cost, or it may be free for picking it up.

With the crate beside the bed, when she starts to fuss, say nothing - "burp" the crate - DO NOT HIT it, just pat it with a flat palm. The vibration will startle her, she'll shut-up to listen / feel, & in that moment, U praise her, warmly & quietly - no squealing! - take a deep breath, SIGH, roll over... & 99 pups of every 100 will imitate U: get up, circle, lie down, SIGH, & go to sleep.

Also, i'd stop having her on the bed - 2 bad side-FX:
it makes her more-likely to over-attach, & it sets up false expectations. She can't be disappointed if she doesn't expect to lie down between Mom & Dad.

Does she eat her meals in the crate, 2X a day?
does she nap in it? // Have her chew-toys there? // get her stuffed-Kong, stuffed marrow-bone, etc, there?

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Question: Is the crate the only option right now? Could you, for instance, put her bed and toys in the bathroom and put a baby gate across the door?

This would lower everybody's stress level, and allow you to start from scratch with desensitizing her with the crate, and gradually get her accustomed to being in it.

Bear in mind that a crate is something that you definitely need to be able to use - for transportation if nothing else. But you can build up to it gradually.
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