I have a problem that I'm sure you more experienced people would be able to help me with. I just got a puppy - he's a little over 8 weeks old, so he's still really young.
He loves his crate.. while playing he'll just go in and lay down in it and curl up and go to sleep. There is one problem with the crate though - if he's in there sleeping he'll just randomly wake up a few minutes later and start yapping and crying like crazy.
I feel horrible just letting him sit in there crying.. and everywhere I've read says to do that. He doesn't have to go potty - we walk him or take him to the wee wee pad before we put him in the crate. Normally just letting him "cry it out" would be fine - but I live in a condo and we have strict noise rules.
Whenever its time for him to sleep, we shut off the light, put on the radio, and even give him a kong toy with some treats in the cage in case he gets bored and wakes up. I'm just not sure if theres anything else we can do so he doesn't cry.
Honestly, its not that I'm worried about the condo noise rule.. its just that i just want to make sure my puppy is okay and i'm doing everything to transition him to our home properly.
the crate is usually in our bedroom. but during the day if we cant give him 100% we put him in the crate but we bring it into the living room with us - so he can still hang out with us.
about a half hour ago we thought maybe he just wanted more space.. so we now have the crate set up in the bathroom. its open so he can walk in and out and theres a wee wee pad in the bathroom with him.
>>>it's very random. which is what is confusing me.<<<
Ignore it. I know that sounds mean but the moment you give in he will remember that forever. He's still young but will get used to the crate if that is how you plan on keeping him. We use a spare bedroom for our girls with their crate and just give them a small treat when they go in. Both whined and cried at the beginning but now they are fine about it.
You may want to keep the crate in a quiet room where he can snooze without alot of traffic. When there is too much traffic or people that will be more appealing than his crate.
Aside from location everything else sounds good. A soft cushion (blanket, towel or pillow), a dolly and a busy toy are good things to have in there. He really will get used to it in time. Beagle took a couple weeks and basset took about a week.
***Edited By: beagle/basset on 12/24/2006 11:29:31 PM*** Reason: *
Im gonna bet hes lonley, He just came from a place were he had his brothers, sisters, and mom to hang out with all day and night. Now at night hes alone. Hes probly a bit lonley, and trying to get used to everything.
It a big change for him leaving his littermates and living on his own in the crate. He also want to be with you all the time. So it sound mean but he has to learn that he can't be with you all the time. He will adapt.
We were lucky with out lab. He slept throught the night the second night we had him. The only time he cried was when he had to go. And he really did have to go. He never cries at bed time but he did cry alot when I put him in during the day. I would just leave the room and ignore him. Eventually he would stop.
Now out trainer tells us to use the "No" or "Quite" command and even rap the crate to get the point across. It works but he is also almost 6 months. But I probably should have started teaching him that a bit sooner because I hate barking in the crate. I don't know if it would work on your pup now. The breeder told me to try a water bottle but that didn't work at all. First he tried to catch the water in his mouth and then it just pissed him off and he barked even more.