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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Crate training

First night crate training since getting her 3 days ago. She currently is going a little mental. We have our other dog down right next to her on her bed which is downstairs under the stairs. I have an alarm set for 3am (its 12 here at the moment) for a wee. This sound okay to people? How long will it take for her to be house trained in this manor normally?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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10 mins of whining and one "tell off" noise from myself half way through she has stopped! Lets hope she doesnt want to do the same at 3 this morning!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 08:23 PM
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If you take the crate into your bedroom and put it beside your bed, you should get sleep from day one because you puppy won't be trying to tell you they are alone and need to be rescued.

We tend to forget that we are getting a puppy who has never been alone EVER, instead surrounded by litter mates and mom. Then just expecting them to quickly quiet when we just entirely changed their world and everything they had in their safe secure world. To 'abandon' them in a new crate in a new house with all new people/dogs/smells/sights/sounds..... And leave them alone at the other side of the house frequently causes them distress.

I'd rather just set the crate up beside my bed, get a good nights sleep ( I also set alarm for around 2 or 3 for a quick potty break) then back to sleep the rest of the night. There are so many new things for my puppy in the first few months, I don't need to make night time a frustrating battle when it can be so easy.


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yep, have always put crate in bedroom.. Usually put a sheet over it so pup is not disturbed by every movement.

You can then hear when pup needs to go out.

My last two pups (6 and 7 now) were housebroken in a nano second. Don't think Jack ever made a mistake and Sofie maybe once.

I was, however, home with them and when I couldn't watch, they were in the crate.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your experiences, i have my other dog and my cat sleeps downstairs normally in my other dogs bed aswell! so there is company down there.

Would it still be better to put the crate by my bedroom?
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Either way will work, we had our crate downstairs(we sleep up) with the other dog right beside her. This worked well for us. It's a matter of personal opinion, see which way works better for you.
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