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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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the crate...

i had a couple questions about crate training if someone could help me out!

I've been crating emerson since the first night i brought him home (nine nights now) and he's still whining at night almost as bad as day one. I crate him outside my room just because i've got a friend renting a room in my house directly adjacent and I don't want to drive him insane with the whining. Should I move him into my room and try to soothe him to sleep or keep it consistent?

Also, I let him out once in the middle of the night to potty, but it riles him up and putting him back in the crate is a hassle. is there a good way to do the middle of night potty break?

any good ideas to speed up the comfort level with his crate? about how long does it take? I'm not impatient, I just feel bad for my friend and it's been tough getting sleep just because i worry!

just for reference: i put a little radio by his crate on very low to help him sleep, it's very comfortable, and i put one of my sweatshirts in there. I also put a ticking clock in but the next day it was broke! he's also got his favorite stuffy in there.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 09:28 PM
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I would move the crate into your room. I'm personally not a fan of radios, clocks, or anything else in or near the crate. I also don't put anything at all in the crate other than the puppy as there's a good chance it will get destroyed or pottyed on.

Some puppies take longer to settle down in the crate than others. My current dog took almost three weeks to be quiet at night while a foster puppy I had at almost the same time took about two minutes.

There is no good way to potty in the middle of the night. Just get up, do it, and put the puppy back with as little fuss as possible.

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I agree - in your bedroom, preferably right next to the bed. If I had a chewer I wouldn't leave anything in the crate, but otherwise a towel works fine. I always toss a treat into the back of the crate when I put the puppy in.

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With my two I used treats to reward when they got into their crates. Kodiak was a whiner when training but we persevered! We also pottied more than once at night. Make sure you are exercising your pup before bedtime so that he is good and tired! We had the crate in our bedroom also.


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a lot of people suggest you put the crate in
your bedroom. my puppy's crate was in the livingroom.
my puppy only whined for 3 nights. i was taking my puppy out
in the middle of the night every 2 hours. i slowly increased the time.
during the day i crated my dog several times for 5 to 10 minutes.
i slowly increased that time. each time i put him in his crate
i would say "go to your crate". at some point i could say "go
to your crate" and off he would go.

keep working with him. he'll come around.
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I agree with everyone who has said move the crate inside with you. that in and of itself might solve the problem.

When my pup(s) came home I also put a old (old/old/old) tshirt that I'd worn (in cool weather, you can wear it under a sweatshirt and no one will know you're slummin'!) in the crate. It was old enough that I didn't care if it got ripped, but it had enough of my scent on it that it seemed to be calming.

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I put Emerson in my room with us last night. he cried for a few minutes but each time i'd tell him to lie down and he did every time and went to sleep. he woke me up three times to potty and when I let him in he'd just cry for a second before sleeping. So far so good! ! Thanks!
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