me and my fiance have had her for a week. she is very smart for we have taught her to sit,lay and touch our hand with her nose apon request. we both work but she does come home to let her out at lunch time so she is only in her crate for 4 hrs at a time. she does real well with the crate, she eats in there and we have trained her to go in there by saying "go to bed" she quickly runs in and turns around for a treat. but the problem lies at night when we actually go to bed. she cries and barks and we cant figure out what to do! we have gotten a few tips from friends and family to put an old wind up clock under her blanket to relax her. well that worked for two nights. we have read that wiemies have severe seperation anxiety when young but we have the crate in our bedroom as suggested by the crate training guides. what else can we do? we havent had a good nights sleep in 4 days!!! please help!!! thanks in advance
Do you respond to her whimpering and whining when she is in her crate? If you respond to it in any way, you give her attention, which rewards the whining. You must completely ignore her if she is in there and whining. Never let her out when she is making a racket, or she will learn that making a racket means she gets out of the crate.
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no we do not respond when she is causing a racket. we dont let her out until she calms down but about 3 to 4 times a night we let her out to take her outside to do her business, we know when shes ready to go out cause she starts stirring around in the crate and she always goes which we reward her with a treat. upon coming back inside she will head to the bedroom and we will say "go to bed" she will immediately go in her crate turn around and sit down and again we reward her with a treat. its when we shut the door and climb back in bed she will start the whining,crying and barking. it usually lasts about 15-30 minutes each time depending on how tired she is i guess. we are just frustrated because the wind up clock trick worked like a charm for two nights, she would go right in laydown and not hear a peep out of her. but the past two nights she has gradually regressed back to carrying on every time we put her in the crate and shut the door to go to bed.