I have been using the crate now for over 3 weeks and my puppy still screams, yelps, scratches and bites for hours when he is put in it. Sometimes he stops after a little while and other times he will still be upset hours later when I come home. What is worse, he has started peeing in it! I plan to eventually transition him, once potty trained to just have free roam of the house with the use of a doggie door but, for now, the crate is the only option while I am out of the house. Any suggestions of what I might be doing wrong?
A few more important facts: he will go in and out during the day when the door is open to retrieve toys etc. Also, at night he sleeps in a smaller, soft carrying crate where he has no problems and I move the same bedding from there into the larger wire crate during the daytime.
the crate is to big, take the bedding out. if the crate is to big, the dog can pee on one side and move to the other. and the bedding can asorb the pee making it easier for the dog go. as for the crying, you have to train them to be comfortable in the crate.
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a puppy in our puppy class does the same thing and its because the crate is too big for her. Most crates should come with a divider so you can make them smaller and move it as the dog grows. As long as they can stand up and turn around, its big enough. Bailey would cry if put in there during the day (but goes in at night by himself to sleep) so I kept putting treats in there and when he went in he would get praised. He also gets his kong with peanut butter given to him in there and hes too busy licking it to notice where he is! Basically you have to make it a good, happy place for the dog to go and they should get used to it. Bailey only cries to get out of it if he needs to go to the toilet.
We had the same problem, though our crate was just the right size for her. She's part bichon frise so she's people loving and would cry herself to sleep. Once I got her potty trained (which took about 2 days) we let her run around the house and finally took the crate down since she hated it. Now she sleeps on my bedd with me (or the couch with me) and wakes us up to go out. Also, it MIGHT be crying if it's left in there during the day because of two reasons: 1.) When it sleeps, it knows you'll be there when it wakes up. During the day, you aren't there and she gets lonely. 2.) During the day is when the pup's actve. It wants to play, run around, watse energy. Let it do that, and you'll get a dog who takes afternoon naps lie Blizzard (who's 2) and Max (who's 6)
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PLEASE continue to crate train!! You will love that you stuck with it in a year or 2 i promise!! i crate trained both my girls from 8 weeks on. Heres how i did it. Just remember that dogs are den dogs, they want a small cozy place, where they CANNOT pee or pooh!Don't put water or food in it...just to sleep... lots of toys too! I used a cat crate, like 1 foot high and 2.5 feet deep. I put her in there after exercise or serious play when i knew she just wanted to sleep. Associate the word "Kennel" or "crate" with it so she knows when you say that that it is time. Let her cry... they all will, the second she stops, take her out!!! DO NOT take her out when she is crying. Instantly take her outside to go potty. I would do that about 5 times a day. She finally realized that when she was quiet, she got to come out. During the night, i would crate her but just wake up and take her out every few hours. I know it sounds like a lot but welcome to owning a puppy. Now my girls love their kennels and they are in them for up to 9 hours at a time... they are 5 though. Puppys can't hold it for more than 3-4 hours. Also don't ever scold them and put them in there! Make it a happy place for them and they will love them!! Hope this helps, sorry it is so long
chasegoni is so right! If the crate is too big right now, just put something in to to make it smaller. My boy was crate trained from 8 weeks. I NEVER put him in it for punishment and he always got a very small treat when he went in and I made a big deal out of it. DO NOT make a big deal out of it when you come home or take him out of the crate. Big Deal going in; no big deal coming out. Also, you do have to do "midnight" peeings. A puppy can only hold it for so long and at 8 to 12 weeks it is very iffy. They simply cannot. Takes boys longer than girls POTTY TRAINING: I would put him in his crate for say 15 to 20 minutes. If he was quiet, he got out. We would go right outside. I would tell him to go peepee. If he peed, he got to stay out and play for 30 minutes (all a small pup needs). If not, right back in for another 15 minutes. The process starts all over again. I could tell him to go peepee and he would do it. No problem and it worked all of this life. I used "Let's get your treat and go to bed" when I wanted him in the crate. He would go like a shot, no problem. If I let him sleep with me, I would say "Let's go sleepy". My boy recently passed away. He was 11 1/2 yrs old. He LOVED his crate and his time in it his whole life. It gives them structure, security, and when they are in the crate it is a "don't pester me zone". Having a new puppy is work. (just like a new baby just not as much work) If you don't put in the time for love, attention, training, and displine (firm but loving), you get the same result as a human child. Undislpined, insecure, bad behavior for attention, etc. If you love your puppy, give him the time he/she needs to be a well adjusted and loving adult. You will have 11+ years of pure joy!
PS: I cannot stress enough taking you puppy to PUPPY KINDERGARTEN and a reputable and established training facility. The Tulsa Dog Training Club is where I took my puppy. It usually lasts 6 to 8 weeks, one day a week. It cost less than $50 and was well worth it. Any techniques I know, I learned from PUPPY KINDERGARTEN. And, it was so much fun for me and my pup! He got to play and socialize with other pups and I got the training so that I could train my dog. It really should be called PUPPY "OWNER" KINDERGARTEN! :-)