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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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Congratulations on the new puppy!  I just recently got one myself...about 3 weeks ago.  The first night Lola slept on a comforter next to our bed.  The second night we put her in her crate with a fleece blanket and a few of our old t-shirts so our smell would be in there as well as a little monkey stuffed toy that she loves.  She whined a little so I layed down in front of the crate until she calmed down and fell asleep.  That went on for a few days.  Now I'm usually playing with her at night so when she gets tired and she'll crawl up on my lap to fall asleep, so after a few minutes I'll put her in her crate and she passes right out again if she wakes up at all.  If she falls asleep during the day I'll put her in it and leave the door open as long as I'm in the same room.  It takes time, but he'll get used to it.  Lola doesn't mind her crate at all now...and I happy to say she only went the bathroom in it once and that was durning the day when my boyfriend had to leave the house for a few hours and the poor little girl just couldn't hold it any longer!  This forum is great to ask any and all questions!  And the people on here are wonderful!  They've helped me out a lot!  Good luck!
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