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Old 01-29-2008, 01:57 PM   #11
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What I suggest is a nice softer pillow in there for him to cuddle in. Ignore the dog when it whines and cries, play a radio and burn a small light, do not leave him in darkness, I know some suggest doing this. I just think it is cruel, I burn night lites in most every room. No, I am not afraid of the dark, but better to light a candle than stumble in the darkness, so I burn night lights so I can zip from room to room

He looks so comfy and pleased. It is the fact of shutting them in for long long periods of time, they start to hate them. U want him to respect this as his den. In wild dog days the female dug a deep hole, had her litter and they stayed down there, so this is easy to make it feel like home and safe place for the pup. He will soon learn and love it, run to it when tired, just leave door open mostly, gait off a room so he can get up and move if gone for a while and go back in his crate.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:37 AM   #12
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Robdogg you're right about not wanting to reward him for whining. Wait until he stops before you give him attention or let him out. You may want to have him get used to the crate with the door open for a bit longer too.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:43 PM   #13
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hello
i have got a question about crate training.
blake is a staff gsd cross and only 7 weeks old. there will be moments where it will be handy having him locked up save, for example when i am hovering and there is no one to keep an eye on him to keep him from the cables, the little monster discovered that cables are a fantastic addition to his food ration, even though i tried to make sure all cables are hidden away in a puppy safe manner.
he has settled in fine so far, and i can now leave the room when he is sleeping and go into another without him falling into panic. so i think he is ready for a gentle start to being introduced to the crate. i have put him in to the crate and have read your suggestions, but he just screamed for dear life and shelter so i let him out as i think that is too big a step for him yet. i have now thought of starting to feed him his rations in the crate instead of the kitchen so he will associate the crate with something pleasant, for starters leave the crate open and after a few times close the crate and then over time extend the length of the door being closed.
do you think this could work?
or do you have any other suggestions or ideas i didn't think of

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Yes it will be handy as a place to put him when you can't keep an eye on him. The trick is to get him accustomed to the crate before you start doing that. Otherwise he might develop a negative assocation with certain things or events, as in "gee anytime the doorbell rings, I get stuffed into the crate so the doorbell must be a BAD thing."

If you want to crate train, I'd put toys and treats in there, get down on the floor and play him him next to it, let him sleep in it with the door open. Only when he is very comfortable with it would I shut the door. And don't leave him in there for too long, they need to pee or poo every 1-2 hrs or so. Also they usually can't make it through the night without a potty make.
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Is it ok to leave toys in treats in there? I was told he might choke but I thought he might be happier to have nice things in there with him.

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Unless you're only going to be gone a very short time I wouldn't leave treats. Treats without access to water isn't a good idea.

Indestructable toys are fine. My preference is the durable Nylabones--not the edible.
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Thank you so much for this info!!!
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Is it ok to leave toys in treats in there? I was told he might choke but I thought he might be happier to have nice things in there with him.
I put Rambo's chew rope and his stuffingless raccoon(he already tore the squeakers out, so now it doesn't make noise) in his crate at night. If I have to leave him in there during the day, I will leave the above mentioned toys, and a squeaky toy. He's getting to where I can pretty well trust him on his own though, so we might not be using the crate much longer.

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When I first got my dog toby we had a great for when we were gone. The first night he peed his crate because he wasn't potty trained yet and it was his first night and He was probably scared. After awhile he didn't really love his crate but he didn't bark or get mad when he had to go in. Now when we leave he doesn't go in the crate and we have had no problems with him.
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We just brought our puppy home a few nights ago, and have been forcing her to sleep in the crate. I put a blanket in there, but she just whines and whines. I've been putting her in there bit by bit during the day, and praising her. She mainly whines in it, but then when she stops I'll pull her out and praise her. If she see's me facing her crate she'll stop whining, so I think it's working, and nights are getting better... She has a little seperation anxiety so I'm hoping it will just keep getting better.

But my question is this... Where would she sleep if it wasn't in her crate? She's not potty trained, and I don't want her sleeping with us, as I know what a habit that will become

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