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LauraJav 12-24-2012 09:00 PM

Crate training
 
I'm on the 3rd night with hoping my pup sleeps in her crate. I am hopeful!
The first night she did good. The second night was a nightmare. We ended up sleeping on the couch with her on the floor. She is 8 weeks, so I know we'll figure something out.

lzver 12-24-2012 09:03 PM

My husband slept with Jake for the first few nights we brought him home.

Then we put his crate in our room so he was close to us. He settled down, but we were still up every 2 - 3 hours for potty breaks. She will get used to it. Good luck!

I thought we were never going to make it through that first month with Jake ... but now he's 11 months old and sleeping through the night with us upstairs at night in the hallway.

Mary Beth 12-24-2012 09:31 PM

A coworker had the same problem, every 2 hours, but the pup really didn't need to piddle, was just lonely. What cured it was that they put the crate in their bedroom next to their bed.

doggiedad 12-25-2012 09:45 AM

i put the crate in the livingroom. first night several hours
of crying. second night a hour or so of crying. third night
a half hour of crying. after that all was quiet. i told my
neighbors before we bought the pup that we're getting a pup
so expect some noise and i need their help for training and general
taking care of. when i crated my pup i always said "go to your crate".
as i was walking towards him to pick him up to put him in his
crate i said "go to your crate". when we reached the crate
i sat him down in front of his crate. as i was ushering him in the crate
i said "go to your crate". sometimes i would crate him just so i could
say "go to your crate". keep in mind my dog was 9 weeks old when i
started crate training. one day a month or 2 later i said "go to your
crate" and he got up and went to his crate. after that i started
telling him to go to his crate when he was in different parts of the house
upstairs and downstairs. i finally got to the point where i could leave
the front open while we were in the yard and say "go to your crate"
and he would go. once the crate was put away it was "go to your
bed". "go to your crate" or "go to your bed" comes in handy when
you have visitors.

LauraJav 12-26-2012 08:56 AM

So last night I was so tired - I tied his leash to the bed post-with his bed and some toys and we all slept for 8 hours!!!! This will work. :)

MaggieRoseLee 12-26-2012 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mary Beth (Post 2663369)
A coworker had the same problem, every 2 hours, but the pup really didn't need to piddle, was just lonely. What cured it was that they put the crate in their bedroom next to their bed.

That's great info ... :thumbup:

Since having a crate trained dog is a wonderful thing for the rest of the dog's life, I'm hoping you realized it wasn't the crate that was your issue.

It was that the crate wasn't in your bedroom beside your bed.

A crate trained pup can go ANYWHERE and you don't have to worry about it plus they love their crate. They won't be hysterical if they have to stay at the vets cause they are sick but they will settle into the vet crate. You can take the puppy to any friend/relative/motel to visit because you know they are safe and happy and nothing will be destroyed.

The crate wasn't your issue. It was the fact the puppy felt 'abandoned' in the other end of the house.


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