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Coco outgrew her original crate, which was more like a carrier. (At least, I think she outgrew it? Maybe it's still the right size? She couldn't stand up without crouching her head down and couldn't sleep without having to bend her legs or curl into a ball.) So, I got her a wire-all-around crate that allows her to lay on her side as she likes with her legs outstretched, as opposed to in a little ball like her carrier makes her. (Note: The new crate is the smallest size they make, and if she's curled into a little ball, two of her could fit in there. So I am a little worried she could soil one side and sleep on the other...?) She hates it. She'll go in her carrier without issue, and sleep in there without complaint. But she'll literally cry and bark at me in the new crate that allows her to actually lay down (the way she lays down, say, on the couch or on her doggie bed on the floor, nice and stretched out). I tried covering it to give it the den-like feel, and she ripped the covering (a towel) off.

What to make of this? Will it just take time for her to acclimate? I'm trying the typical acclimating-steps with a crate, acting like she's never even seen a crate before.
 

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Does she have like a bed or blanket in the old one she loves? Maybe if you would put something that she is used to in the new one it would seem more like a "home". Maybe her favorite toy or blanket. Anything that you think she is used to.. I would also hide the old one somewhere, like in the garage or something so she would only have one option and she learns to love the new one.
 

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I did put her "old" bed/mat in there with her favorite cuddle toy, that didn't help.

That said, eventually she settled down.

However, she had a rough night. :/

I move the crate into my bedroom at night for her to sleep in. Around midnight, I could tell she had become restless in there, although not making noise. I woke up and peered in there with the light of my phone and saw that she'd thrown up at the end/edge of her bed/mat and was eating it, full food. She was almost done eating it. Then she started nosing at the bed/mat, as though she was trying to bury the vomit, despite there being none left, she'd licked it clean.

She went back to the corner and was whimpering a little, couldn't get comfortable in the far corner away from her puke spot.

I got up and cleaned it as best I could and put it all back together and her back in, she still slept back in the corner. In the morning, she was up standing over the puke spot. So hopefully she's over it. :)

I hope it was tummy upset and not "I hate this crate" that made her puke...

Do dogs treat puke like pee/poop in terms of soiling? :(
 

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I did put her "old" bed/mat in there with her favorite cuddle toy, that didn't help.

That said, eventually she settled down.

However, she had a rough night. :/

I move the crate into my bedroom at night for her to sleep in. Around midnight, I could tell she had become restless in there, although not making noise. I woke up and peered in there with the light of my phone and saw that she'd thrown up at the end/edge of her bed/mat and was eating it, full food. She was almost done eating it. Then she started nosing at the bed/mat, as though she was trying to bury the vomit, despite there being none left, she'd licked it clean.

She went back to the corner and was whimpering a little, couldn't get comfortable in the far corner away from her puke spot.

I got up and cleaned it as best I could and put it all back together and her back in, she still slept back in the corner. In the morning, she was up standing over the puke spot. So hopefully she's over it. :)

I hope it was tummy upset and not "I hate this crate" that made her puke...

Do dogs treat puke like pee/poop in terms of soiling? :(
That is very weird.. I have never had anything like that happened to me before. I hope it all works out for you, and she will get use to or you will figure out a solution.
 

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My pup puked in his playpen the first time I left him in there and went to the other room... cried like someone was murdering him, then puked, then cried some more. After 2 days he was fine, took a lot of will power not to free him till he was quiet for a bit. Time might be all she needs, could just be missing her old den and needs time to make this her space. You can also look up some crate games to play with her in the new crate to help ease the transition.
 

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What to make of this? Will it just take time for her to acclimate? I'm trying the typical acclimating-steps with a crate, acting like she's never even seen a crate before.
I think you have taken the protective sense that it is a cave away from her. Maybe try covering it with a blanket to make it cave like again to see if that makes a difference.
 

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I think you have taken the protective sense that it is a cave away from her. Maybe try covering it with a blanket to make it cave like again to see if that makes a difference.
Hmm. I had it covered with a blanket.

I don't know what it was. Maybe she was just really upset in the tummy...?

It seemed to be a one off-thing. She now hops in there with no issue. As with everything though, she progresses and then regresses a little bit, only to improve even more again. Ah, puppies!
 

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Hmm. I had it covered with a blanket.

I don't know what it was. Maybe she was just really upset in the tummy...?

It seemed to be a one off-thing. She now hops in there with no issue. As with everything though, she progresses and then regresses a little bit, only to improve even more again. Ah, puppies!
Glad things worked out.
 
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