well I'm trying to potty train my chihuahua and it's been doing extreamly well, but lately she has been yelping at night like she's hurt or something. it scares me and I try not to check on her a lot because I don't want to send the wrong message to her.(like if you yelp then I'll give you attention and it's ok to do.)
I really don't know why she does this and she's been doing this for the last 2 nights so far and she's in my room and she can see me and everything. but I only put her in ther at night and when I can't watch her when I go to school. is there something that I'm don't wrong or is she just scared or what?
well it's been a little more then a week and she has 2 crates she has one in my room and the other one is in the dinning room. at night I put her in my room and when I go to school or shopping then I put her in the dinning room. (I don't know if that's bad to have 2 cartes?) and Ihave been very consistant with crating her.
When I started crate training my lab the only time he cried at night was when he had to go out. He did this for the first two nights. After that the only time he would cry was when I would crate him in the evening while I was doing things around the house. Obviously she wants to be with you all the time and not in the crate. But you kind of have to figure out when she is bluffing to get out of the crate and play and when she really has to go!
***Edited By: labguy on 12/30/2006 10:15:47 PM*** Reason: ***
ya well my chihuahua her name is crystal and when ever she needs to go outside to go potty the barks and she doesn't yelp. to tell you the truth I have never heard her yelp like that. it scares me because if there was ever something the matter with her and I just think that she's just yelping, I would never forgive myself. and it scares me because she has smuch a high pich yelp it's almost like a scream.
Well pinky when i started to train my puppy Raven would yelp like crazy high pitch and she was in my room to. It would mainly happen when i would go in my room and walk out even if other people were in there (i am her favorite :) I think it is normal :)
You said it exactly "she is in my room and she can see me and everything". Her yelping is her way of saying she loves you and wants to be with you. However, YOU are the dog owner. Leave her in the crate at night, move the crate to another room, if necessary. make sure she potties outside before bed, put her to bed and you go to bed. Don't "humanize" her, she is a dog, like a child they want atheir way but YOU know what is best for her. She is testing you. Remain firm. She will get used to the crate. If necessary put her a toy or chew bone in the crate--something for her to do before going to sleep. Also be sure she has had plenty of exercise and she is TIRED when it's time for bed. If necessary, give her a busy playtime about a hour before bed. That way she will be tired and welcome her "den" for sleep time. Good luck!
YES Pinky--ALL dogs do this!!! This is very normal. Please read my earlier post. She will be ok. Do you have some comfy towels, sheets or something soft for her to sleep on? It may comfort her if you put an old T-shirt or something with your scent on it in the crate so she can "smell" you when she goes to sleep. Just a thought. Hang in there. This is all part of being a dog parent.
I should have read all the posts first--first of all--BIG MISTAKE having 2 crates. This may confuse her. She needs ONE crate that is her bed, her den, her escape from everyone. Her high pitch yelp is like a baby thowing a tantrum. Remain calm. She can feel your energy. Don't let her upset you. When she yelps like this--ignore it. She will wear herself out and go to sleep. This is normal!!! Hang in there. I know this is tough!!!
thanks u guys..........I love her like a child and I want the best for her even if that means keeping her in a crate st night.
she has a chew toy and a stuffed animal and she was doing really good for the first 6 days but I don't know what happened. she can be sooooo stuborne. but thanks for the advice. I really appreciate (sp?) it
Yes Pinky--1 crate. I keep my pups crate in the living room where they can be around us during waking hours. At night, they go to their "bed" as we go to our bed. Please remember, dogs are "pack" animals and they look at their crate as their "den". If you don't make her stay in the crate and let her throw her tantrum, she will control you and you will have behavior problems later on. REMAIN CALM, tell her no, make sure she is tired when it's bed time and leave her crate in ONE area of the house at all times. She needs this security of knowing where her "bedroom is just like you need to know where your bedroom (safe haven is. Hang in there!
How old of a puppy are we talking about here? Perhaps she is lonely for her mom and litter mates. Was she taken away too young from them? Smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas, should stay with the litter until at least 10 weeks. They need that period of time to be with their family.
You also need to let her cry, you can't run and coddle her everytime she makes a peep. She needs to learn that you are the boss and not her. Instill this in her before she becomes an adult.
Also, many Chihuahuas are stubborn when it comes to housebreaking. Have you expressed your concerns to your vet and what does he or she say about the situation?
sue- no she wasn't been doing it as soon as she goes in. she starts doing it durring the middle of the night when I'm asleep. she did it last night also.
puppykisses16- I took your advice and I putup the other crate and she has only one crate in my room now.
Basset_Lover- she's not a puppy anymore she's 3 years old now. she's having kinda puppy problems thought huh?
p.s. I do take her on walks alot and she never gets tierd. I play tug a war eith her and she never gets tired. I don't know what to do about that because I try to wear her out and she just never gets tired she is like that enegizer bunny she just keeps going and going and going and going...........
***Edited By: pinky girl on 12/31/2006 2:16:26 PM*** Reason: add on
So this is just now starting after three years? Or you just started crate training her? If it's the first time in three years I would be concerned about it. If you’re just starting her with the crate it's normal. Why is she not potty trained at three years and if you're just starting the crate where was she sleeping before?
***Edited By: danemom on 12/31/2006 3:56:44 PM*** Reason: spelling
ok this is how it is.... I got her from a pup from my grandparents and she was potty trained and then just about a month ago she started to get lazy and now she is going potty on the floor. but she is onnly doing it durring the night. she used to be potty trained. she would go in a kitty litter box and she would bark if she would need to relieve herself outside. she does it at night so I asked people on the discussion forum and some one recomended that I put her in a crate at night and when I can't watch her durring the day. that was about a week and a 4 days ago and just recently she has been sort of yelping and screaming at night when she is in the crate. it's been about three nights now that she was been doing this. and she was sleeping in my bed before.
***Edited By: pinky girl on 12/31/2006 4:09:02 PM*** Reason: sp
Ok, try to notice if the time she wakes is the same every night (more or less) offer her something she can chew or occupy her while in the crate.(Give it to her before she starts to cry, so she doesn't associate yelping and you giveing her a bone.) Keep on hand large hollow bones or kongs and stuff them with goodies and then freeze it. It will serve a few purposes, one to keep the pup busy, and another to tire the pup out.Only give these when the pup is in the crate, so they are slways special. The thing in this situation is she did get to go in the bed before, so she may be hopeing for that again. I have also heard of people on here suggesting to sleep beside the crate for a night or two and slowly over several nights, sleep farther and farther away, till your back in bed. All in all, don't respond to the whineing, if you can't help yourself, put the crate in another room away from you and leave the pup there from now on. Looking at her picture I'm guessing she a bit on the submissive or timid side, are you coddleing her alot? If you are back off a bit and make her work a little more for your attention.
***Edited By: sue on 12/31/2006 5:38:33 PM*** Reason: dfgbadf
Have you looked into any medical issues that could be causing this? Is she drinking a lot? Excess drinking and urinating can be a sign of diabetes. It's not normal for a dog just to forget its house training.