My new puppy sleeps in a crate and I pet him to sleep when he first goes in. The problem is that he wakes up every 2 hours (sometimes every hour) and cries. I play with him constantly and walk him right before bed so he is tired but he still will not stay asleep. I started but taking him out whenever he got up but he never has to go so now I just talk to him soothingly and pat him back to sleep so as not to let him cry and disturb my neighbors or hurt himself (he bites and scratches at the cage if I ignore him). He really does well when I reach in and pet him as it calms his anxiety and he usually goes right back to sleep. The only problem is that he won't sleep for any extended period of time. Is there anything that I can do to help him stay asleep?
Youve got to let him cry. You are doing exactly what he wants you too, everytime he cries you respond. Try doing this during the day, so your neighbors aren't bothered too much. He will learn that you will always come back. Put him in the kennel and leave the room. When he stops crying, let him out and praise him. Try leaving him in there for 15 minutes first, then slowly extend the time he is in there.
Good luck, and no matter how much those puppy cries make you want to run to him, don't. He'll be ok,lol
IF you keep allowing the behavior to continue your in essence training your puppy that it's okay to wake you up at all hours of the night. You have to ignore it. I know it's hard and it will talk a few day to do it but it must be done. It took our puppy a week and a half to stop crying when we put her in her kennel. She never had an accident she just wanted attention.
If he continues to bite and scratch at the crate, you are going to need to correct that so he doesn't hurt himself. A loud unpleasant noise, dab of Tabasco sauce/lemon juice or even a good old squirt bottle of water and he should get the point.
Put the crate next to your bed. He is able to smell, and know's your nearby. Taking him out everytime he cries, will only make him cry more, as he realizes everytime he makes a noise he can come out of the crate.
One thing I find that helps, is going to bed on a full tummy. I feed them right before bed, making sure they go out to potty, and in the crate for the night.
How old is your pup? Howevery many months old he is, as how long he should be able to hold it, if he's 2 months, can hold it for 2 hrs, if he's 4 months, 4 hours... and so on. That is the only time I would take him out. No not say anything to him, just hook on the leash and outside you go. Praise if he goes potty, but that's it. And once you get back inside back into the crate to go.
Mine realized that the only thing they get to do, is go out to potty. No fun, no games. So far it has worked.
HI, I also have just got a puppy. She is 8 weeks old. we are on day 5. We are crate training also. She doesn't mind going in her crate when we are around it is just at night or when we are not here. Anyways, last night it was 5.5 hours of straight crying/barking. I gave in and came down to take her out of cage and she sleep by the couch where i slept. I have had many puppies in the past but never one that wouldn't stop crying eventually. Also we would like to keep her out of the bedroom.
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I completely agree... ignore the pup. I have a one-year old doberman, doing fine now... the odd cry when I first put him in the crate. He used to whine all night in his crate, I just had to ignore him. If you give him more attention when he cries, he will keep crying to get attention every time. I do know that my dog still cries in his crate when he is really sick, and just wants to be in my bed (especially after surgery). No biggy though, he will learn to sleep quietly when you are sleeping if you ignore him.
Hello; When my girl was a pup I would put a used shirt of mine or any clothing in the crate with her. That seemed to work well and as soon as she was house broken I only used the crate when I was at work. No HOT Sauce thats cruel. I also agree you may have to ignore the behavior but try puting a piece of clothing in the crate. Good luck
p.s I still deal with this behavior when I go to my in-laws. So I resort back to the clothing technique.
Put his crate beside your bed, put an old used t-shirt in it and cover the crate with a blanket. When you tell your pup to get in the crate, throw a treat in it and say 'crate'. AFter he's in, throw a bunch more in or you can give him a high value treat to chew on like a kong filled with cheese or peanut butter. I wouldn't suggest putting any negative reinforcers like hot sauce or banging on the crate and yelling 'QUIET!' because you want the dog to see his crate as his den not a place of punishment. Eventually, he'll learn that his crate is a safe place. Ignore any whining or barking; hard to do but wait until he is quiet for 5 seconds and then let him out. If he's just in his crate quiet, treat him and say, "good boy!". If you don't want his crate in your room, start with it in your room and when he's comfortable, move it outside the door and eventually to where you want it. If he was taken from his mother too early, this could be the reason for his fear as well. Plus, his bladder isn't developed enough to hold it for a long time. So for the first little while, you may have to keep taking him out to pee.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland