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Old 06-28-2011, 10:32 PM
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Absolutely. And try to crate him for small periods during the day, while you're home, so he'll see it's nothing to get worked up over. Crate him, let him cry it out (with the option to chew on an especially yummy, crate-only treat) and only when he's quiet do you walk back in the room praising him and let him out. Do this a few times a day so he doesn't anticipate that day crating is when you'll be gone for hours.
This!

When Tambo was a pup, he was being crated every night (I began sleeping next to the crate, and slowly moved out of the picture). That was not a problem. But I also knew that there would be times where I would have to crate him during the day. So I started practicing that as well.

Began things with little chunks at a time. Twenty minutes here; twenty minutes there. He had to get used to the idea that when it was crate time, it was crate time. And that could happen at any point throughout the day.

There were definitely some points when he would cry and cry and cry - and that was hard to ignore...I will admit! But once he stopped, I'd usually wait for a good few minutes of absolute silence, go back in, and let him out.

Sometimes a "crate session" during the day would only last twenty minutes. Other times I'd try for two hours or so. He had to learn to be flexible. I began with short periods of time, and slowly worked it up.

Crate training was really valuable though. Today, Tambo is 2.5 years old, and he still goes to be in his crate each night. But during the day, when I'm away at work I no longer have to crate him. He just sleeps all day anyway. He's very relaxed when I leave now, which is good - and I think some of that stems from the early crate training (just knowing that I'll come back eventually).
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I thought I would give a bit of an update. We have gotten over the Crate training problem. Here is a picture of what thinks of his crate now
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Haha - well done. How did you do it?
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I bassically made it a game for him, and fun. I sent my wife and daughter away for the weekend because his crying during the day was making them cry also (I wasnt a lot better lol). Then I started playing with him in the crate by hiding his toys under the bed, hiding treats also then I would close the door but I would stay with him. I would let him out after about 2 minutes play with him outside the crate then do it again. I did this about 3 or 4 times an hour. At one point I climbed into the crate as far as I could and he came in with me and we just layed there and cuddled. He actually fell asleep on my arm when I was doing this. That was day one. Day 2 I would do the same thing but would leave the house completely and stand beside the window where he could not see me but I could hear him. The first few time he whimpered and cried for a a few minutes and once he settled down I would come in let him out love him up and give him a treat. Did that 5 or 6 times and each time his crying became less and less. Then on day 3 I grabbed my book put him in his crate closed the door giving him a special treat said goodbye and see you later. I went outside again where he could not see me put up my lawn chair and read my book. To my surprise he let out one bark that almost sounded like he wanted to make sure I was gone then he fell asleep. I stayed out side for 4 hours then when I came in it was the love him up with big fanfare and that was it.

I guess he needed to know that even though he was in his crate he was stilled loved and cared for. Now when we eat or if he is tired he walks over to the crate climbs in and curls up. Yesterday was really funny because I guess one of us had accidentally closed the door on his crate and all of a sudden he started barking like something was really wrong so I went running over and he is standing there looking at his crate. I opened the door he climbed and sighed.
He is a real pleasure to be around and is as smart as whip so I think we are going to be in for a good life together.

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That's completely fantastic - well done for keeping at it.
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He is a real pleasure to be around and is as smart as whip so I think we are going to be in for a good life together.


That warms my heart - so glad that you persevered and set your pup up for success!
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