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04-11-2014 05:39 PM
TwoBigEars Good for you, just stick with it and tough it out! Don't expect to get a lot of sleep with young puppies. Solstice was a horrible screamer for her crate training. Now she loves her crate and sleeps in it all night with the door open and doesn't come out until we get up.
04-11-2014 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by CalliesMom View Post
She must know I complained about her. Tonight she has been in the crate 2 hours. Cried a little but no screaming so far. Well see how it continues the rest of the night.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and encouragement. I appreciate everyone who was nice and positive and not accusatory!

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Good for you!!! Keep up the good work. We didn't say it was easy, but it is SO worth it!

04-10-2014 04:40 PM
pineconeforestGSD Teana screamed the 1st night we got her[6 months old].we ignored her and she hasn't done it since.
04-10-2014 04:15 PM
andrea04 Lucie would scream something terrible when we first brought her home. Now at 14 weeks she sleeps in there all night and doesn't make a sound until morning.
You just have to tough it out and ignore her. But we do not feed her in the crate. Maybe you can try not feeding her in there anymore and just putting her in there when you sleep and when you're gone.

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04-10-2014 01:46 PM
belladonnalily Oh, and I wouldn't feed meals in the crate. Just toss in really really yummy treats. Practice before meals when she's hungry. Teach her to go in on her own.

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04-10-2014 01:44 PM
belladonnalily Another vote to stick with the crate training.

My older dog wasn't crate-trained. When she had ACL surgery, confining her was awful. We were darn lucky she didnt reinjure herself.

For your pups sake, do it. There comes a time in every dogs life that for his own good, he needs to be confined. Doing it now will be way less stressful.

I throw treats in and my pup has never given me trouble, so I'm lucky. As a young pup, I made sure that nighttime potty breaks were never playtime. Go out, do business, back to bed.

When pup is quiet, throw treats in to reward. Crying gets nothing. No response, no look, nothing.

When I let my guy out, I will keep shutting the door until he calms down and waits. No rushing out or excitement. And never let them out the moment you return home. Ignore for a bit.

Just suggestions based on what worked for me.

Good luck.
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04-10-2014 11:36 AM
CalliesMom Last night she woke me up a few times whining but putting my hand in her crate got her to calm down. A huge improvement. Hopefully tonight goes well, too!

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04-10-2014 06:28 AM
FuzzButtMum Sorry the photo's are the wrong way round, I don't know how to change it :S
04-10-2014 06:27 AM
FuzzButtMum Pleeeaaaaaaaaaasseee don't stop her crate training! Likely hood is that it will be easier to train her now rather than later on!

I have a 9 week old pup, and crate training him was/is VERY hard. He is also a screamer. You either need to 100% persevere or it definitely won't work.

I have found something that has totally changed the way he acts in his may already have done this, but if you haven't, I HIGHLY recommend you do.....I have covered all three sides of his crate with a blanket and when he goes in and goes to sleep I pull the front down too so that it is "den" like for him....this has calmed his whining an absolute tonne and he's getting better and better with it :0 i'm so proud!

This is his little den, I think the cover makes him feel more safe and secure...he also has one identical right next to my bed. Really hope this helps...

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Also, when you get to the stage she is comfortable in her crate rather than shutting the door quietly after she has fallen asleep I make sure to close the door loud enough to wake him up, so he knows it's shut and then he normally falls asleep again.

Good luck, please don't give up. It will be totally worth it once you get over the training stage!

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04-10-2014 01:34 AM
volcano Im a first time dog owner. But I took the strict approach, theres no such thing as crate training- put it in the crate and ignore. The dog will get the picture that whining doesnt work. I can remember waaayy back when I learned to manipulate my parents, its the same thing. I also used treats once she was in and door closed, kibble on the floor distracted her from realizing she just got crated and reinforced it as a good thing. A blanket or piece of cardboard blocking her from staring at me did wonders also...
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