Crate training woes
So we have a 10 week old German shepherd and we have gotten nowhere with crate training. This is our first puppy and I'm sure we are screwing up royally but we want to do a good job
When we first got her, we had read everywhere that we should slowly acclimate her to the crate. So we tried to do that with food and treats inside and then she slept in a playpen. Unfortunately, on the second night, she climbed out of crate and slept in our bed. Since then, she's been sleeping on our bed. Now, that hasn't been a problem. She's quiet and hasn't had any accidents. But the problem is that hasn't helped crate training and we are now concerned she has seperation anxiety. During the day, she spends the day with my husband. Then, she spends the night with us. We feed her in the crate and give her treats in the crate, but she doesn't like staying in there. as long as the food or treats she loves are in there, she will stay, but after that she will try to get out and cry and whine and bark. If she can't see us or if we leave her at any point, she will cry and whine and bark. We have tried leaving her in there until she stops crying but she just won't stop. Eventually, I'll have to sit near the cage,
Petting her and feeding her through the cage for her to be quiet for two minutes at a time. She isn't really food motivated either so treating her after going in there has no result.
Please help! We love playing with her and we will play with her for hours, but we can't operate on only her schedule. We haven't been able to leave anywhere or even get ready in the mornings or night without someone staying with her and playing with her.