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Owners of a new Boxer pup!

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Hello everyone! My husband, daughter, and I are all new owners of a 9 wk old boxer pup we've named Odin. We did some major research before buying a family dog and found that the boxer breed was right for us! We love him so very much... he's very smart. He might be too smart :lol: I was wondering if I could get any pointers on crate training. I'm not sure if we got him from a very good breeder just because she said when he'd cry to come out of his crate she'd let him out and as far as toileting went... she said he just went anywhere. So I'm having issues with potty training and crate training now.

With crate training... I think I've tried everything! I even took out the divider so I could sit in there with him playing and rewarding him... which was fine but then the second I closed the door he started crying... even with me IN there. He'll cry off and on all night, mostly on. He goes crazy in there too, he's knocked down the divider and tore up his $45 bed we bought for his crate. I guess that's our fault though... I forgot how destructive little puppies can be.

We had a dog one time... she was a holy terror. We swore after her that we'd do everything possible to make our next dog great. You know training class and what not. Unfortunately she got into a fight with a rattle snake right before we left TX and didn't make it.

Anyway, he's a wonderful pup and super smart out side of crate and potty training. Anyone have any pointers!? Please Help!
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Excellent pointers from ssimmons99 and Chloesmom. The hardest part of crate training is ignoring all the whining. Do not give in!!! When you start putting him in there and closing the crate, do not make a big deal about it. Just put him in there and go about your business. When you leave the house and return, same thing, no big deal. Don't even let him out right away. Ignore him for a few minutes. Read the mail, go to the bathroom, whatever just ignore him. After a few minutes go over to the crate and open the door. Still ignore him, don't make a big fuss. I know it's hard seeing that wiggly butt so happy to see you, but this is really key in crate training. He will eventually start to love his crate. At night, where does he sleep? I highly recommend that you take the crate in your bedroom with you. He will get comforted a lot easier knowing you are right there. That will also help with the potty training because you will hear him shuffling around ready to go outside. Bring him out to do his business then right back in the crate. Good Luck with this, just remember he is still very young, he will get it. They all do...I promise!
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