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Old 12-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ally likes her crate, sometimes! Mostly she'd rather be around her dad and I. At night she starts to whine until my fiancÚ goes and lays down on the couch where she can see him then she goes back to sleep. Today, she was going to take a nap in her crate and again, began to cry. I opened the door, she came out and layed right by my bedroom door where she could see me and went to sleep. She'll be 12 weeks on Saturday. Advice please?! Thanks in advance!

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How about putting the crate in your room with you at night?
If not, other things that are said to help are putting a piece of your clothing (that smells like you) in the crate with her, the blanket like you said, and for young puppies a ticking pocket watch or something under or near the crate.

We keep Warden in our room at night; he is most comfortable being near his family.


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How about putting the crate in your room with you at night?
If not, other things that are said to help are putting a piece of your clothing (that smells like you) in the crate with her, the blanket like you said, and for young puppies a ticking pocket watch or something under or near the crate.

We keep Warden in our room at night; he is most comfortable being near his family.


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Thank you for the advice but unfortunately her crate won't fit in our room. I do have a doggie bed in there though and she does sleep on that sometimes.

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Shepherds are notorious for sucking blankets into the crate and shredding them. So if you actually do go with that option, I would get an actual crate cover that cannot be pulled in or ripped.
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In the past I had thrown a blanket over the crate on cold nights and to block out light on the hopes she would let us sleep a little longer in the morning. The crate was always in the room with us.

We never had an issue with ours messing with the blanket. However, we have a huge transportation style crate and not the mesh cage.

Ours always had to know where we were at all times. She was good at laying in the doorway to whatever room we were in so we couldn't escape without her knowing.
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We have been using a blanket over the crate for our almost 11 week old anytime he is in it. Remarkable difference from the first week when we did not. Usually has a few whines then settles down. He always goes in the crate with a nice chew object too!

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I put blankets over the crate during the winter. In hopes of stopping cold drafts form entering. We have a drafty house. I do not cover the door though. Just the backs and sides. He has never tried to get that blanket, but he does chew on blankets if they are left out. Their dog blankets. We have the large plastic crate for the GSD.
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How is she in her crate during the day?

Rainer has been allowed to sleep outside of his crate in my room since he was around 14-16 weeks old during the night, but we did a lot of crating during the day. He was relatively easy to crate train.

Can you try to fit a small x-pen by your bed at night and just do extra crate training throughout the day? I used to put him in there randomly during the day with a frozen kong stuffed with peanut butter (or yogurt with honey, or cream cheese, or a mixture with kibble...etc) or frozen towel (teething). We also play a game where I tell him crate and he sprints into his crate and gets a treat...comes out for play and repeat. As far as he knows the crate is a magical treat dispenser lol
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We started out with a sheet over our large wire crate. Then I saw a legit crate cover and bed set for $100 online. I already had the bed in the crate and I'm cheap so I made a crate cover out of very heavy material. Front is open and one side lifts up if I want. It was my time and $25 for the material on sale. Our girl prefers to have her crate covered. It's her "quiet place". Since 4-5 months she has been allowed to sleep (at night) where ever she chooses, which is the guest room bed, lol.
As far as the whining goes. I say let your pup whine a bit. She will learn to settle down and go to sleep. She will learn quick enough that you will come back and let her out and that you haven't gone away forever. This will be helpful later should you have to move her crate to another room or travel with your dog.
IMHO...time for a tiny bit of "tough love"...
Otherwise you may be setting yourself up for separation anxiety issues later on.
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I don't understand all the catering being done during crate training. Puppy goes in crate and you walk away ignoring all whining or crying.

They will learn to settle and be quiet as long as you don't give in to this behavior. Please don't sleep beside crate to quiet them as they need to be ok with being alone.

Put the crate un the furthest part of your house from where you sleep and go to bed....ignoring all crying and whining. It will stop.

I don't give puppies blankets as most will chew and rip.
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