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03-01-2014 12:31 PM
middleofnowhere How do you reward the crate up behavior? Do you have a name for it? I'm a fan of naming and rewarding behavior I want to encourage when it occurs. My pup is so food motivated that the command (I use Load for her) sends her racing from the kitchen to the crate in the bedroom. She almost always gets a treat (a wonderful piece of kibble!) for this response. [Look, just don't tell her puppy kibble isn't the best thing going, OK?]
While I agree that the change in behavior is due in part to other changes, naming and rewarding a behavior just helps me with pups.
03-01-2014 09:05 AM
Sp00ks He is such a good boy. We have been discussing letting him sleep in the room without the crate door shut. I am a little hesitant. If we go out of town to visit friends, I want him crated. I don't want to deal with the off chance of him having an accident or chewing something in someone elses house. Not to mention the sanctity of being in a strange place but having his one crate.
03-01-2014 08:49 AM
misslesleedavis1
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I suppose I just didn't expect this from a 16 week old pup. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for.
maybe he got a taste of being in the bedroom out of the crate and being on the floor,
When dexter was a little guy we crated him in our bedroom, one night before bed, he curled up on the big glass plate that is part of the tv stand, he never went back in his crate after that. He slept under tv until we moved lol.

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03-01-2014 08:44 AM
Sunflowers
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I suppose I just didn't expect this from a 16 week old pup. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for.
When we are sick we don't smell normal, and also, our behavior changes. Their normally confident and energetic owner becomes weak and lethargic, and this unsettles them.
03-01-2014 08:40 AM
Sp00ks I suppose I just didn't expect this from a 16 week old pup. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for.
03-01-2014 08:34 AM
misslesleedavis1
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Update: Last night he was still reluctant to go in his crate. However, once I got him close he went right in on his own.

I suspect at this point he was acting this way because my wife was sick. He seems pretty normal this morning.

Interesting..........

I was reading the post and thought the same thing, maybe he senses something is up with his mom,


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03-01-2014 08:31 AM
Sunflowers Yep. They are really good at figuring out if there is something wrong with us.
03-01-2014 08:14 AM
Sp00ks Update: Last night he was still reluctant to go in his crate. However, once I got him close he went right in on his own.

I suspect at this point he was acting this way because my wife was sick. He seems pretty normal this morning.

Interesting..........
02-28-2014 11:07 AM
SuperG
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Entirely possible.



I have never left the crate door open at night. We have always crated the pups until they were older. Keeps them out of trouble. We have witnessed him going into the crate on his own on occasion putting toys in there, taking toys out, laying down, etc. He seems to know it's his crate/bed. I suspect if I left the crate open at night he would likely lay on the floor by the door to make sure we didn't escape with out him knowing

I have sleep issues and if I wake up, I have a heck of a time going back to sleep, if I'm able to at all. I don't want him deciding it's play time at 2am.

My wife and I did discuss the fact that we will likely graduate him from the crate younger than most of our other dogs. Simply his size alone (16 weeks, 45 lbs).... And the fact he is a "wicked awesome" pup. (sorry, I have been talking to people from Boston this week). He has yet to damage anything other than a couple dog toys.
Well, I'm sure it won't be any kind of a wicked pissah of a problem.

SuperG
02-28-2014 10:53 AM
Sp00ks
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I wouldn't be surprised if he felt the need to stay by your wife because she was sick.

When I was sick, Hans was by my bed and refused to leave my side no matter what was going on in the house.
Entirely possible.

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Sp00ks,

Just shooting from the hip...

"She turned the TV on and and the pup was laying on the floor on her side of the bed."

Was the pup able to access the crate if he wanted...door open?

If so, maybe the dog chose this place on the floor on her side of the bed as a preference over the crate?? Maybe the dog sensed your wife's ailing and chose to stay near exhibiting a bit of a protecting mentality??

Perhaps, the dog's vocalizations and odd behavior is simply saying he'd rather sleep on the floor on your wife's side of the bed?? All guesses of course.

Have you ever left the crate door open at night with the bedroom door closed and seen where he prefers to sleep?

I've never done the crate thing with any of my dogs so I cannot speak with any experience on the behavior my dog's have demonstrated with any commonality to yours in this particular regard.

SuperG
I have never left the crate door open at night. We have always crated the pups until they were older. Keeps them out of trouble. We have witnessed him going into the crate on his own on occasion putting toys in there, taking toys out, laying down, etc. He seems to know it's his crate/bed. I suspect if I left the crate open at night he would likely lay on the floor by the door to make sure we didn't escape with out him knowing

I have sleep issues and if I wake up, I have a heck of a time going back to sleep, if I'm able to at all. I don't want him deciding it's play time at 2am.

My wife and I did discuss the fact that we will likely graduate him from the crate younger than most of our other dogs. Simply his size alone (16 weeks, 45 lbs).... And the fact he is a "wicked awesome" pup. (sorry, I have been talking to people from Boston this week). He has yet to damage anything other than a couple dog toys.
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