ok.. after talking to several people, I'm just doing it! In the crate and she can just cry it out. I had a bad feeling with the feeding and leaving the door open and basically allowing HER to make the decisions. I could leave the crate there and door open but she has NO desire right now to go in by herself. She's not afraid of it, she'd just rather do what she wants.
My only question if anyone can answer this is.... should I have the crate in our living space where she can see me or in another room?
right now she's in the living room with me and she can see me. She cried and screamed for a half hour and right now she's quiet. I'm afraid to move tho - LOL!!!!
But she's quiet! I did NOT say anything to her, I'm just ignoring her. Before I was also talking to her and that made her scream more.
I have her x pen in the bedroom and I will continue to use that until she's real good with the crate. I don't think it will confuse her.
She's STILL quiet
I have to get up soon to go feed the horses and I know she'll scream but when I get back in, I'll sit on the couch and wait for the quiet and then let her out to potty, maybe some play and then back in.
I know she's just a baby but I also think she's got my number. She's also been here for 8 days now and she is more comfortable here. That first night was a total nightmare but it was all SO NEW to her and I gave up on the crate.
this whole crate thing has had me so stressed because she needs to be crate trained for her safety. She's been getting into things she shouldn't and I find myself having to follow her everywhere constantly if she's not asleep. Chewing on electrical cords etc...
She NEEDS the crate training now! So it's happening. I found myself chained to the couch when she's sleeping or bouncing up to watch her. That's insane!