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Old 09-16-2014, 07:55 PM
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Puppy doesn't like his crate

Hey guys, my nine week old Lab/German Shepard puppy mix won't stop whining and barking when I put him in his crate at night. I've tried introducing it slowly with treats and whatnot, but he just doesn't like it. His "act" will continue for around half and hour to forty-five minutes or until he gives up and lays down. He has a couple toys in there but he doesn't care about them when he barking.

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He is just a baby.

My dogs didn't like the crate until they were about a year old. I didn't crate train them it was just there for their safety nest when they wanted to get away from me. They didn't want to get away from me so they never went in

Hopefully someone has good advice you can use.
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My one dog took until she was about 9 months old to like crates, but in all fairness I never was consistent with crate training her.
I just got a puppy who is now 14 weeks and is perfectly fine with her crate, got her at 12 weeks. I turned "feeding time" into "crate time". That meant putting the bowl of food right in her crate and getting all of her in there. At first I'd just close the door and monitor her and leave her in for a minute or two after she was done and release her. Kept doing this but extending the amount of time she spent in there following feeding. Even though I free feed both of the dogs now in the open, the puppy will ALWAYS run to the crate and sit inside of it when shes hungry.

At first they're never going to like it. Its not good to reward whining by letting them out. So if they're particularly riled up, let them work it out in the crate and don't pay any mind to them. I prefer to avoid putting them in a position where they feel genuinely uncomfortable or upset being in the crate, but its not always possible.
I also include toys in the crate as well, usually favourites that they can't turn down. Sometimes I'll do peanut butter in a kong or (raw) turkey legs, and they sure don't complain once they're in there.
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He'll adjust. Puppies don't like being separated from their family. Nevertheless, I think crate training is one of the most valuable things you can teach a dog. I've honestly never had a puppy or adult dog who didn't come to view their crate as a safe place. Mine spend time in their crates, with the door open, just napping or chewing on something. Your pup will adjust too. It's hard to ignore them when you know they're upset but do it anyway.

I never let a puppy out when he's crying, barking or pitching a fit. I do keep their crate near my bed when they're young. It helps them feel safer and it helps me hear when they're moving around and need to go outside to potty.
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If you're still having trouble I would recommend a great DVD called 'Crate Games' by Susan Garrett. It teaches your dog to LOVE his crate which is handy for so many reasons.

Not just for sleeping in at night but if you have people over and want to keep him away, or maybe take him elsewhere, eg the Vet where he might have to spend time in a crate . Its so much less stressful for you and them if they find it a safe and enjoyable place to be.
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