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Old 01-24-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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I have a five month old chihuahua and got her a couple weeks ago from a breeder. She is soooo dependent on me! i cant even go to the bathroom without her crying outside the door. and when i cant watch her or when its bed time i put her in her crate and she CRIES/YELPS forever! i NEVER give in and let her out but still...shouldnt this have stopped by now? iany advice? Thanks!

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:43 AM   #2
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it should of.. seems like your dog is growing more insecure byt he moment.
Maybe you should restart, start over all the alone training, this so she truly can grow out of it. You have good threads about it in th efaq area etc...
This so she can feel better about herself...
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Hi Jenny
Sorry to hear about your little crybaby! It sounds like maybe she's figured out that the crate means that you are about to disappear so of course she cries. What would help is if you can make the crate a fun place for her. Put her in it not just when you leave her, but stick around and play with her, leave the door open etc, give her a nice treat, so she will get the idea that the crate isn't such bad place after all.
Then when you leave during the day, start small, like a couple of minutes and step up the time that you leave her. And if you make a big fuss when you leave that could get her anxious, so just walk out of the room matter-of-factly.
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The only thing i can add to this that I think is very important is if you crate her and she cries do not give in and let her out if she cries, this will definitly make things worse as she has learned when she whines she gets what she wants.
Personally I would put her in her crate and leave and let her whine, she will stop when she get bored and should settle down.
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If you make her crate like her den and she learns to love it with the door left open all day, place treats or favorite toys inside, sit down and play, treat her. Let her know she is not going to be shut in everytime u head for the crate with her at bedtime.
Also burn a night light and play a radio when she is even used to it.
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Step 1: Introducing Your Dog to the Crate
  • Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Bring your dog over to the crate and talk to him in a happy tone of voice. Make sure the crate door is open and secured so that it won't hit your dog and frighten him.
  • To encourage your dog to enter the crate, drop some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate. If he refuses to go all the way in at first, that's okay; don't force him to enter. Continue tossing treats into the crate until your dog will walk calmly all the way into the crate to get the food. If he isn't interested in treats, try tossing a favorite toy in the crate. This step may take a few minutes or as long as several days.
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I would crate her with a nice yummy bone to chew on, bet you don't hear another peep out of her. Or a kong filled with treats or peanut butter(keep in freezer unil ready to use it)
2 weeks is not a long time for a 5 month old pup that has just found a new home. I'm sure she'll settle in no time if you are persistant and don't give in to her crying.

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Thanks everyone for all the advice! she is actually already getting a little better :-)

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I am a strong believer in having a new pup or dog feel completely secure with you in the beginning. I try to make them feel so secure. Let the dog in the bathroom with you. Let is follow you around. Once the dog feels totally secure it will venture out on it's own. They just need to know you are there for them.
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