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Old 12-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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We are new owners of a soon to be this Saturday 10 week old boxer male. We also are having huge crate issues. The 1st two nights we got him we tried the crate for bed time and he just carried on and on so my husband or i would sleep on a floor or the couch with him and he would sleep thru the night since the 3rd night we had him. He didn't even have to get up to potty in the middle of the night. We have been trying feeding in the crate, leaving for short periods, we leave toys in there and he goes and retrieves them. So the first time my husband had to go outside to bring in wood he left him in the crate for 20 min max and the little guy pooped in the crate stepped in it and got it all over everything. Since then we have tried other short periods up to 1.5 hrs and find him curled up looking at us when we get back. Until today my husband had to be gone almost 3 hours and again the poop thing all over the place again and he had been outside and did his business 3 times prior to being in there. My husband took him out washed him and he said he cried off and on today wouldn't eat his lunch and slept for most of the day so he seemed a little traumatized from it. Our other dog which is now 16 months old is a bullmastiff and loves a crate so we need our baby boxer to love one too at least til he can be trusted in the house. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. We know he is young but definitely dont want separation anxiety issues.
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We are new owners of a soon to be this Saturday 10 week old boxer male. We also are having huge crate issues. The 1st two nights we got him we tried the crate for bed time and he just carried on and on so my husband or i would sleep on a floor or the couch with him and he would sleep thru the night since the 3rd night we had him. He didn't even have to get up to potty in the middle of the night. We have been trying feeding in the crate, leaving for short periods, we leave toys in there and he goes and retrieves them. So the first time my husband had to go outside to bring in wood he left him in the crate for 20 min max and the little guy pooped in the crate stepped in it and got it all over everything. Since then we have tried other short periods up to 1.5 hrs and find him curled up looking at us when we get back. Until today my husband had to be gone almost 3 hours and again the poop thing all over the place again and he had been outside and did his business 3 times prior to being in there. My husband took him out washed him and he said he cried off and on today wouldn't eat his lunch and slept for most of the day so he seemed a little traumatized from it. Our other dog which is now 16 months old is a bullmastiff and loves a crate so we need our baby boxer to love one too at least til he can be trusted in the house. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. We know he is young but definitely dont want separation anxiety issues.
How long have you had him? Might take a week or so for him to get adjusted to you guys as well.


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Old 12-27-2012, 10:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Crate training can take a while to get used to.
Can you put both dog crates next to each other so your puppy sees he isn't really alone?
This helped with our second (Mongo)

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Kennel training can take time. Pheona took to it in nothing flat & in fact as soon as she hears the treat jar open, she'll run in. Murphy on the other hand....she wanted nothing to d with the kennel in the beginning. We tried everything we could think of. Once we moved a kennel into our room for bedtime, she quieted down. But it took time fr her to get used to the kennel downstairs. Just keep with it. Make sure you clean the kennel, we use Nature's Miracle.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #25 (permalink)
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we have had him 2 weeks tomorrow but with traveling for the holidays it was tough to get him into a routine so now that we are home we will keep trying. As far as having the other dog in there with him we are a little leary of that since we know someone who did that with a puppy and it got killed. I am not saying i would think she would do this but i dont want to chance it. My husband had to go out today and put him in it for a little while so my fingers are crossed for at least no poop.
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