|07-27-2014 11:26 AM|
I agree with the others, Move the crate to your bedroom. Don't leave him alone in another room of the house at night. Your still going to have to put up with him crying but I think he will settle down quicker if he is with you which is likely all he wants.
This is just an opinion, everyone has one but I think the worst thing you could possibly do is allow the dog in the bed with you. Maybe I'm an ass, but I don't want a dog in my bed. Not to mention if I get woke up, it's impossible for me to go back to sleep most of the time.
The fact that he goes in the crate by himself on any occasion kind of tells me the crate isn't the problem. Try moving it to the bedroom and see if that doesn't help.
|07-27-2014 11:05 AM|
|AngelaHazle||I have been having a little trouble with whining, but it's not constant. My pup is just over 3 months old, got him a week ago. He whines when we first walk away from the crate and then in the morning when (I guess) he is really wanting out. I think with time (as it was with my previous dogs) he will "give up" and the whining will lessen and then stop. I would, however, like help with dealing with him when I go to get him out. I will sit in front of the crate until he stops jumping and barking and then I will undo the first latch. Half the time he will start jumping again, but half the time he's ok. Even when I get him to stop jumping and going crazy the second I open the door he barrels out and runs all over the place. I get that he's just excited about getting out and that he has to potty, but I would like some suggestions on how to get him not to jump and be crazy once the door is open. I do take him out immediately from the crate, but I need him to be calm enough to put the leash on.|
|07-12-2014 06:37 PM|
I posted in this thread earlier that the puppy should just be allowed to sleep at the foot of your bed. Then I read many subsequent posts suggesting that the crate be close to the bed, bedroom, etc. and that this reduced the whining.
So, let me amend my previous post. Our two sequentially owned GSDs were allowed to sleep at the foot of the bed (in the bed but on top of the comforter) for about 1 month after we brought them home and....wait for it...WE DIDN'T LOSE A SINGLE NIGHT'S SLEEP but for the requirement to get up and take them outside if they stood in the bed and milled around.
|07-12-2014 08:07 AM|
I'm sure you believe everything you said, but I disagree and my experience reinforces what I feel, as yours does you. How you do know they will turn out the way you say, if you have never tried a different approach? There are always alternatives. Maybe even a better one than the one you use, or I use, for that matter.
Our puppies over the last nearly 50 years of owning all types, but always including at least one German Shepherd, have done just fine with being treated pretty much like kids. They are and have been secure, confident dogs, with no separation anxiety and without crying all the time for attention. They like their crates and still sleep in them every night with the doors wide open. They are happy and safe in there. And we all got more rest when they were small and they didn't cry or mess their crates, when they were moved into them.
Dogs and children have the same needs, the same insecurities, and the same emotions and feelings. We are all animals, not better or worse. We have different capabilities and means of communication, but, in my opinion, those things don't make them less or more than we are.
Don't misunderstand, we are the leaders here and we have rules and expect them to be followed. Our dogs are well trained and people are always impressed with how well they behave and how well they get along with everyone. Maybe we've just been lucky.
|07-12-2014 05:19 AM|
|07-11-2014 02:20 PM|
I'm sorry, but I don't understand why you would want to let a puppy cry. If it teaches the pup that when it cries, I will come, I think that's a good thing. I want the puppy to let me know when she's in trouble, and it's up to me to help her and reassure her that she's okay. It's my job to make her as secure as I can and not force her to be responsible for things she may not be ready to do, like be on her own locked in a crate away from everyone, totally independent of me.
There will be a time when she's ready for that, but when you first bring her home, she's like any other child. I'm sure a lot of people will disagree, but I think a little spoiling now makes a pup more confident down the line.
Just curious to know if you let your children cry themselves to sleep when you first brought them home from the hospital.
|07-11-2014 01:06 PM|
I agree about covering the crate - we have the plastic airline type crates, but I'd toss a towel over the front to block the view out the door.
|07-11-2014 12:43 PM|
Lucie cries for weeks which felt like an eternity when getting her used to the crate. Which is right outside our bedroom. But after a few weeks and of course taking her potty bc she was so little se finally stopped the screaming and howling. At 6 months now she knows when I say night night it's time to get in the crate I also to this day give her a treat after she walks in. I keep it covered with a sheet so she can't see out which helped a ton.
But you have to ignore the whining no matter what. When you acknowledge it they will learn if I cry someone will come. This was especially hard for us bc our kids could hear her and would get up to tell me the dog for whining which would make Lucie do it louder.. Patience will pay off😃
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|07-10-2014 04:46 PM|
|07-10-2014 03:18 PM|
|stelly||Thank you so very much to all for your wise advice! On the night I posted this we tried a favorite toy in the crate but he still whined (less but still enough that I could not sleep). I shared the thread with my husband and he agreed to try bringing the crate into our bedroom. Stanley Bavaria slept like a champ with only a few moments of whimpering. Last night he was silent. Thank you for bringing sleep into my life, happiness to my pup, and reaffirming why this forum rocks!|
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