The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Help Goofy hates his crate.....
I always used a modified crate training cause the whining was hard for me too.
First of all, at night, it is way easier for me to keep the crate beside my bed so I was comfortable and got a good night sleep. I was right beside the puppy so they knew I was there. So that fixed the sleep issue for both of us.
Second, I ONLY otherwise used the crate when I left the house or I needed a 'time out' to get stuff done without a puppy underfoot. Or sometimes even the puppy would need a bit of a 'time out' if they were too out of controlled and unruly. The crate is never a BAD DOG thing. Just a calm, pick the puppy up, toss in a treat then the puppy goes in with the closed door.
So the way I would 'manage' the housebreaking and puppy training otherwise was with babygates, closed doors, and me paying attention. If the puppy isn't safe in a crate, they needed to be 'safe' in whatever room I was in and under my eye 100% of the time.
Not being into housecleaning and realizing there would then be 'accidents' I went to Home Depot and purchased a massive brown waterproof tarp that I laid down in my family room. Since it's connected to the kitchen (linoleum floor) and these are the 2 main rooms we were always in, this meant I could easily be vigilant. The tarp, though not the decorating detail most of us want, made cleanups so easy. I was never mad if they had ANOTHER accident cause of that. Additionally, the SOUND the urine makes when they start is audible even if you aren't watching so my timing for the 'uh uh' and the picking them up to bring them outside was vastly improved.
The other huge help is to EXERCISE the puppy! A tired puppy will be much more likely to whine a short time, see it's not working and then roll in a ball and go to sleep. A wound up puppy full of energy can whine (I'm not kidding) for hours.
So the more you can socialize, drive around, meet and greet and tire that pup out. The more the crate will be a safe happy haven they will crawl into and CRASH!!!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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