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04-13-2014 12:15 AM
Kuma of Manenggon What worked for us was putting her in the crate the first night after throwing treats and toys and letting her get them ...
The first 3 nights I slept on a futon next to her and spent labor of time next to her for the next seek sitting in the kitchen by her crate with her in it. Make sure that when you wake up or come home DO NOT go straight to her crate. Don't even say hello. Just do what you normally do and then acknowledge her and let her out and maybe hug her in the morning or LOL take her straight outside. Now when I say Bedtime, she knows what time it is. She doss not always want to get in her cage but she does not whimper or bark. In the morning I start a pot of coffee and then greet her with a hug and trip outside. I owe it all to Kuma as I have made enough mistake to write my own book...
04-10-2014 05:33 AM
FuzzButtMum
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did the same things at night but closed the door after he fell asleep loud enough to wake him up to see the door shut...
Thank you that's almost step for step on what I do! But I think that's where I was going wrong...I was shutting the door quietly after he;d fallen asleep....now I look back and see how stupid that was! DOH! Since yesterday, I've been shutting the door loud enough to wake him, and he's been SOOO much better! So, thank you so much!
04-08-2014 09:49 AM
shemeld135 i just picked up my pup sat..i had teh crate door open since he was home. let him go in and out of it on his free will.. when he started to get tired and i knew he wanted to sleep i pushed him towards the crate. he would lay down in it and i would lay next to it. after he was sleep i moved away from it but kept the door open.. did the same things at night but closed the door after he fell asleep loud enough to wake him up to see the door shut...during the nights when he got up id bring him right out side for him to do his thing. went back in and straight to the crate laid down with the door open with my hand inside till he fell back asleep and close the door again loud enough to wake him to see it closing.. only been doing it since saturday but hes been getting the hang of it!
04-08-2014 09:01 AM
FuzzButtMum
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For the first few weeks I would make sure the pup was good and tired, usually a 15 minute play session followed by a long potty break, then it was upstairs and I threw a treat in the crate and he would run in to find it. A small drink of water, another treat and then I would gently rub the head or back, usually they would start to fall asleep within a minute or two and once they were sleepy I would say 'good night' and close the crate door. Usually I'd stay sitting by the crate for another minute or two and then I would get ready for bed myself.

It worked quickly, they associated the crate with good things and the 'good night' was the signal for them that it was time to be quiet and sleep.
Thanks that's more or less what we have been doing, but i'll try the "good night" and a treat to see if it works any better. Thank you! x
04-08-2014 08:17 AM
nktigger99 I don't see anything wrong with that. It is a personal thing...we have the crate in our room which is the other side of the house so she only sleeps in there at night.

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04-08-2014 08:16 AM
Shade For the first few weeks I would make sure the pup was good and tired, usually a 15 minute play session followed by a long potty break, then it was upstairs and I threw a treat in the crate and he would run in to find it. A small drink of water, another treat and then I would gently rub the head or back, usually they would start to fall asleep within a minute or two and once they were sleepy I would say 'good night' and close the crate door. Usually I'd stay sitting by the crate for another minute or two and then I would get ready for bed myself.

It worked quickly, they associated the crate with good things and the 'good night' was the signal for them that it was time to be quiet and sleep.
04-08-2014 07:59 AM
FuzzButtMum
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I used the crate right away..,.and ya you get to know the different whines.

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Definitely

Also, do you guys think it's ok.....if he falls asleep on the living room floor (which he does most of the time at my feet) is it ok if I gently wake him and direct him to his crate, I want him to associate his crate with sleeping (he has toys and a bed in there and i've covered the sides and top with a blanket for him so it's like a den.

Fuzzbuttmum x
04-08-2014 07:56 AM
nktigger99 I used the crate right away..,.and ya you get to know the different whines.

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04-08-2014 04:04 AM
FuzzButtMum Wolfy Dog - That sounds like a great Idea! Unfortunately I didn't have any bxes to hand. Luckily he managed to sleep in his crate though

Gurlonfire2004 - That's exactly what I did last night, hehe glad I think I did the right thing! He actually seems far happier to be in his crate today (I haven't but him in it, he willingly goes in there to eat and he takes his toys in there!

He whined every hour last night but I was able to distinguish between a "I want a cuddle" whine to "I need to go to the toilet!" whine

Hopefully tonight is as successful!?!?!?!?
04-07-2014 11:33 PM
gurlonfire2004 I think that it shouldn't be a problem to just stick him in the crate. You can continue to try to convince him to like it, but in the meantime he has to stay somewhere. I put my puppy in the crate even on the car ride home. I sat by the crate with the door open. And the first night if she cried I would just come and sit by her until she calmed. She has no issues with her crate. She goes in it willingly and is crated during the work day.
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