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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone give me tips how to crate train a 7 week old pup? I have tried putting a toy in there and she only gets that certain toy in the crate. I have her crate covered and I have tried putting her in the same room with us. She cries and whines so loud it sounds like she is screaming. I need to get her use to being in there as I'm trying to use this as a house training method as well. Any suggestions on how to get her use to the crate?
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With Murphy (she HATED the kennel) I would sit on the floor with her & get her to go in with a treat. Then with the door open & her in, I'd treat her. Then we moved up to her going on, I'd shut the door & treat her. Then moved on to her go, I shut the door & latch it and treat. Now I did those steps slowly over the course of a day. After getting her used to going in, latching the door with you sitting what you want to do is start moving yourself back further from the kennel but still in eye shot of the pup. Eventually what you want to do is be able to take yourself out of the room but still pop into the room from time to time so the pup sees that you are still there & that you always come back. Treat as well so they see this as a positive thing. Also, do not let the pup out when they are screaming. They will then see the screaming as a way of getting out of the kennel. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We gave up on crate training when our girl was a pup. She felt safest in our bedroom (though we did have to replace carpet to hardwood floors shortly after)! To this day when we leave the house she walks upstairs to the bedroom to her favorite spot sorry no good suggestions here!
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Having just gone through this I feel your pain. Some of the things that worked for us were covering the wire crate (may not work for everyone, but can help them feel more den like). Also I put an old t-shirt in there that I no longer cared about and had worn for a couple days on a weekend so it really had my scent on it (I think that helped a LOT in our case).

Some other tricks that I have tried and they helped at least some.....
toss treats in
toss toys in

put the food bowl in at meal time, lock the door, wait till they really want in and then close and lock the door behind. You must then let them out as SOON as they finish eating and before they have a chance to complain.

wait till puppy is crashed out on the floor/wherever, gently scoop them up and put them in the crate, LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN.

Once we got to the point where Bruno would go in with the door closed and be quiet for at least a minute or two, we would sit next to the door facing him. As soon as he started whining/yelping/whatever, we'd turn our back to him to use dog language that we didn't agree with what he was doing. As soon as he'd stop, turn back around to face him. Now he often goes in the crate on his own though many times we still have to place at least his front legs in even at bedtime (and he'll get the idea).

Sometimes if I need to go upstairs to the office I put him his crate which now stays in the living room (he sleeps there as well now, we used to haul it upstairs to the bedroom for the first week or so) he will whine/yelp for about 5-10 minutes and settle. It just depends on if he is ready to nap or if he's awake but I wanted him in the crate anyway.
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Forgot to mention, we still regularly will give him a couple treats after putting him in if he is quiet right away before we leave the house, or do whatever we were going to do that he needs to be in the crate. This keeps the positive association that being in the crate gets him good things. We just pass them through the bars to him.
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I also went to Petsmart & got one of the plug ins that came with the oil (scents) that is suppose to remind them of their mom. This is a link to the one we bought Farnam Comfort Zone with D.A.P. Plug-In for Dogs - Summer PETssentials - Dog - PetSmart I don't know if it really worked or if Murphy just got used to the kennel. I saved the top part but we never had to buy a refill of oil. If you were close by, I'd give you the topper & you'd only have to buy a refill. Also Petsmart if offering a 15% off friends & family this Thursday - Sunday. I get e-mails from them so that is why I know. I'm thinking you have to have a coupon but that came in my e-mail.
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We rubbed down Dozer's mama with a tshirt for him to sleep with when we first brought him home, and he took to the crate without much trouble. We always made it a happy experience with treats and fun. He is over a year now and we still treat him with a hand full of Kibbles and Bits, which is not his regular dog food, when he goes in, and that is three times a day. When it's time, we don't say "come" to encourage entrance. We dump him out of the recliner and tell him that it's time to go to work. (Our trainer says not to use come for anything that isn't a good time for him until he has total recall.) We always say, "see you in a few" when we leave. If you can't handle the whining, don't try it for a long time while you are home. If you let him out for whining, he knows that's the button.
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My two also shrieked in the crate and it's very hard to listen to. (Feel so bad for them!)

With Lexi, I would put her in the crate while I was home and give her a treat. I'd step just outside the room (out of her sight). She'd cry and whimper and the second she stopped, I popped back in the room and gave a ton of praise and a little treat. Then I'd leave the room again, wait for her to cry and then stop and pop back in, reward. I'd do this maybe 5 times or so and let her out. (Don't let them out when they're crying - just teaches them that crying will get them what they want.) We did this for a few days, and over time she was fine.

Good luck!!
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We always feed Cruz in the crate. His food and water is always in there. Sometimes when he's hungry he will just go sit in it and wait until someone notices him waiting politely to be fed. Other times he makes a racket with the empty bowl so you KNOW it breakfast/lunch/dinner time lol

We also only give him a Kong when he is in his crate, so he associates the crate with good yummy stuff. We also make it comfortable for him.... that part took a while. When we first got him he would pee in his crate during the day if we put anything soft in there for him. But he doesn't do that anymore so we have been able to make it comfy for him without having to wash everything including him every day when we'd get home from work.

All I can suggest is.. make it a good place to go and eventually he will want to go in.

Good luck!
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