Walk him, get him nice and tired, let him go potty. Give him a nice soft bed to lay on - put him in the cage and give him a treat and some toys then go do your thing... don't leave him for long the first time... maybe 15-20 minutes - that way he learns, "Hey- i go in my crate, I get a treat and my favorite human comes back!"
At first I usually put my pups in a crate and work around the house, cleaning, dusting - whatever - so that they don't associate going in the cage with me going away...there are a lot of reasons why they may be put in the crate
If you are in the house and he is whining... IGNORE him. Do not take him out of the cage until he has settled down and has been calm for a while. You do not want to teach him that if he whines you will come let him out... bad, bad habit! LOL!
i just got a new puppy last friday and i am crate training her. the first few days she went in the crate for the first few days on her own and would sleep in there and just go in to get away from every one. well a few days have past and she doesnt want much to do with the crate anymore- she doesnt want to sleep in it i do have the door open and her blankets and toys and a few treats inside but she would rather lay on the floor or in her brothers doggie bed. at night i put her in her crate and put the crate in a puppy play pen ( its so cute looks like a real baby play pen) with the crate door open so she can come out and i have a potty pad out side in the play pen and she will go potty and go back in the crate but the past few nights she doesnt want to go in the crate and lays outside on the potty pad. and when i have put her in the crate durning the day she cries- i dont know what went wrong? she loved this thing when we brought her home and also when i took her to the vet i put her in there and she road in the crate and was happy and sleepy and seems comfortable in there. do i not put the crate in the play pen and keep her in there with the door shut? last nigth she woke me up about 3 am crying and crying so i got up ( yes i know horrible i just cant listen to her cry) and got her out to go potty and then put her back in which she didnt want anything to do with it. daisy is 10 weeks old. i didnt crate train bentley my other dog hes 11 months old and im trying to change things i did wrong with him..lol gosh the spoildness is the first thing that has to change..lol and not being socialized as much as he should be. but am i not doing it right by at night putting her crate in the play pen with the door open so she can come out and go potty and then go back to bed? or does keeping her in her crate help with teaching her to hold it till morning?
Anyone knows if I should stay there beside his crate when he's being locked up? How long should I start locking him up for the first few times? Thanx!!
I do, At first i just reward them for going in the crate, i do not even shut the door. Then when i shut the door, I immediatily let them out. I take it slow. it's easier to desensitize before they do not like it. once they have a fear or do not like the crate...good luck
My puppy is doing the same thing as some, she loved the crate for the first few days and now she is whining in there...don't know what to do. I will be at work all day next week..I feel bad for her...should I let her out....I am a very confused 1st time puppy owner.....
***Edited By: lacie on 11/4/2006 2:13:20 PM*** Reason: spelling
my baby boy was somewhat like that too. when my bofriend first got him, he didn't go in the crate. then I had to take him because we suspected my b/f's stepmom was hitting him(we weren't living together at the time) i was firm with the crate. once my bf moved in with me the crate still took effect. id sometimes get ready for bed and couldn't find falcor because he was already waiting to have the door closed. then we both moved to another place just a week apart from each other and now he panics with the crate. he developed a degree of seperation anxiety thank god he doesnt destroy the apartment.