Crate whining/ howling...HELP!
Well, day two of having 8 week puppy home, and I'm losing it!
He whines and cries in his cage like crazy. He is VERY AFFECTIONATE,
and needs people. The breeder said he is the most attached to people
of the whole litter of nine.
We picked him up at 2:30 yesterday and he didn't pee till this morning!
I kept taking him outside every hour or every time he circled and sniffed, but
no pee! He just plops down, shivering,wants to get back inside, or licks the snow.
Then this morning, I let him out of his cage after a good stretch of about
3 hours sleep, and left him for one second to use
the bathroom and he peed a 1/2 gallon in the hall way. That one was my fault!!
He's peed three more times in the house while we're not looking.
The good news is that he is poo-ing outside!
It's the wining in his cage that is difficult. I talked to him to soothe him in his cage
last night, and that sometimes works. Another time, I gave up and let him out.
He slept on the floor next to his cage for about an hour.
When he whines in his cage, I don't know if it's
a need to pee or just hating his cage. If he's just peed, I know he just hates being separated. So this is stressful. He gets so panicky
when I walk out of the room while he's in his cage. Am I making things worse by keeping him crated?
I wonder if I've made a HUGE MISTAKE! I may not have the patience.
Know anybody who wants a pure-bred German Shepherd with a pedigree of well-bred ancestors? I paid $700 for him
and am tempted to give him to a family that can handle the puppy years. But
my son would be devastated.
I'm reading the books and watching the videos on crate-training, but I don't know if I can hack this.