05-15-2014, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Taylor, MI
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Well the god things you're not alone in your puppy frustration! I see lot's of threads with lots of people at their wits end with their new pup! Just hang in there & be patient, I promise it'll pay off!
Here's what helped me a lot with my new puppy:
Being quiet in the crate: Give her plenty of exercise (which I'm sure you're already doing) and always rewarding good behavior in the crate. When my pup was crated she would whine/howl to be let out. I'd ignore her. The second she was calm and quiet I'd reward the heck out of her with treats. But not let her out. While she was in there I'd practice leaving the room/being out of sight. As soon as she was calm/quiet - I'd appear to give her more treats. We did this all throughout the day. Even when she was just laying in there playing with toys I'd walk by and casually toss her treats and tell her "good girl/be quiet" After a few weeks it REALLY paid off and she would only fuss for about 2 minutes when I crated her and then she was good. Her crate was always in the same room with us. I thought it was a good idea to reinforce the calmness while we were all TOGETHER, so she wouldn't end up overexcited when she came out of isolation. Practicing leaving the room for periods of time, then rewarding her, is also good to prevent separation anxiety from creeping in.
Peeing in the crate: Don't have much advice here, I got lucky and my 8 week old pup never went to the bathroom in her crate. Even up to 2/3 hours. I'd just watch carefully for the first signs/noises of "I have to go potty" and then take her right outside - lots of treats and praise and "good girl! she goes potty outside!'
I do know that they make little pee pads that look like fake grass. Maybe you could transition her to those while she's in the crate, till she's old enough to hold it?