I know this topic has been covered in various forms but I'm seeking some sanity right now. We have a 9 week old ori-pei who is going balistic sometimes in his crate during the night. He was doing well until a couple of nights ago. His crate is about 10 ft. from our bed and if he doesn't fall asleep right away he'll start barking, howling, clawing, and just acting absolutely nuts. It sounds like he being tortured. He worked himself up so much last night that he vomitted a little bit - which is a first. As soon as we take him out of his crate he's as calm as ever. I know this is not the proper reinforcement, but we thought he might injure himself or something. My wife took him downstairs to his play-pen and left him there and he started to do the same thing. He can go on like this for almost an hour at a time. I'm sure some of this is normal, but a lot of it seems over the top. We are both hardly sleeping and are wondering if we should put our puppy in a part of the house in his crate where we can't hear him at night. Or is this dangerous? Any suggestions would be very helpul.
Our puppy will stay in the crate. If she yaps, we say NO. After a few times she stops...but, she poops and pees in the crate like it's her own personal bathroom!! Does yours potty also, or is she vocal only?
Try putting the crate right next to the bed. That way when he starts crying you can put your hand over and comfort him.
But really, if everytime he starts crying and "going crazy", and you let him out.. the more he's gonna do it. I would just leave him in there and let him do whatever (crying, digging). Try pretending to sleep and watch him do this, after awhiles he should calm down. Or it could even take up to a couple of days, depending on how stubborn he is.
I am a meany....with my puppies, i keep the crate by the bed, with a towel over it. If the pup goes bananas, I smack the door and say quiet. if they start up again...the smack is not going to work. I pick the entire crate up. leave dog inside. Take crate outside....place in backyard. If the puppy is really loud. I will put the crate in my van. If it's cold, to bad. if it's rainy, to bad. if the boogie man is out there, to bad.
but crying never opens the crate. crying moves the crate outside.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
I am kind of a meany too but I have an unattached garage I can put them if I have to. I have also just put them in another bedroom and turned a radio up really loud to drown out the yapping and try to sleep if its night time. Its night time right now, but I am not sleeping anyway. Had a middle of night household minor emergency.
Riley was the exact same way! But after 1 week of totally ignoring him (with my headphones on and a pillow over my head and 7 sleeepless nights and tired days..)He stopped whining,crying,digging, and scratching and now he knows crate means sleep!! Best of Luck to You! ~bethani2012
Can you feed him in his crate? He has to know that being in the crate is a good thing. Make sure he has his favorite toys also. Even put a blanket or your old shirt, anything with your scent on, in his crate. Just make it a nice place to go into and stay.
My yorkie threw a fit for an entire week while she adjusted to her crate. I put her downstairs in the basement while she hollered and screamed. I eventually felt guilty so I brought her upstairs. Whenever she starts crying, we shake a plastic cup with coins in it. It took a few shakes, but now the minute she hears the coins she stops immediately. We also put a towel over the crate at night as we've found she sleeps longer than if we don't.
My problem is that she wakes up in the morning after about 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and she pees and sometimes she poops. I know she wakes up and does it because both are fresh. She can't wait long enough for me to wake up, put my glasses and pajama pants on to take her out. My only solution is that we just let time pass so that she knows when she wakes up in the morning she should hold it until I get there to let her outside.
ayorkiemom, I can't believe what I just read, I think I will go back and read again.
quote~My problem is that she wakes up in the morning after about 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and she pees and sometimes she poops. I know she wakes up and does it because both are fresh. She can't wait long enough for me to wake up, put my glasses and pajama pants on to take her out. My only solution is that we just let time pass so that she knows when she wakes up in the morning she should hold it until I get there to let her outside. ~unquote
Set your alarm clock so you can wake your self up after 8 hours and let the poor dog outside!!!! This poor thing is not a machine, it has to go potty just like you do. I wish someone would lock you up for 8 hours and let you pee in your bed! GET UP EARLIER!
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 6/24/2007 4:16:47 PM*** Reason: .
Rutger, after a while I could tell a potty cry from a want to play cry. Blaze had me up every few hours when she was 7 weeks old to go potty. As the month went buy she got better and better. At 11 weeks old she would wake at 4 to go potty and then thought she was up for the day.
I put her back into the crate and she cried. I then covered the crate which helped allot. I put toys in there and a pigs ear. NO food or water at night in the crate.
For your dog maybe give treats in the crate only, feed in the crate during the day. Try to make the crate his bedroom instead of a cage.
This is hard to say but let her/him cry them selves to sleep and they will get use to it. Try covering it, maybe move to a different room.
Please if it is a potty cry let the poor dog out. I think your puppy just doesn't want to be in the crate but it will get use to it.
LOL @Gunny, I'm glad I'm not your dog! LOL I could never do that but I'm sure you have more success with training then I do.
Although with the storms racing the SD skies at night I have been crating the dogs and cats in the finished basement. I also sleep down there but Blaze had quite a fit the first night. I did lay down the law and yelled quite. She did go to sleep.
Wileyblaze - that was a little harsh. I sleep a lot longer than 8 hours sometimes and understand not wanting to get up earlier just to let my dog out. I taught Lacy (also a yorkie) to hold it longer. I usually only sleep for about 7-8 hours a night but if I don't have to work I've been known to sleep for 12 hours. Lacy doesn't bother me when I sleep this long - she sleeps right along with me now. I think it's all about getting your dog used to your routine.
When Lacy was a puppy she would cry and cry too. At first I was leaving her downstairs but eventually brought her into my room. Everytime she would start to whine I would bang on the top of the crate. The don't like the banging noise and it doesn't hurt the dog. That taught her not to cry at night.
After she turned a year old I started letting her sleep with me at night. She has done great and never has an accident - even if I sleep for a really long time. If you have a really tiny yorkie, it's bladder might not be able to hold it for longer than 8 hours meaning you probably should try to get up around that time to let it out. But other than that, try to get the dog used to a little bit longer sleeping time. I don't recommend 12 hours at a time in a crate often, but every once in a while it might be neccessary.
Where did she say the puppy was 13 weeks? If I missed that and the puppy is only 13 weeks then yes, that puppy needs to go outside before 8 hours. If it's an adult it should be able to hold it longer (unless it's really tiny - in that case, it's always going to be like a puppy with pottying)
Ah..you are more observant than me LOL. I didn't look at that thread. AYorkieMom - puppies of any breed are still just learning bladder control at that age, but toy breeds especially take longer to be able to control their bladders. At 13 weeks your puppy still needs to go out pretty often. You really should try to get up before your puppy pottys in its crate. By not doing so you'll start teaching the puppy that it is okay to go in its crate and that is the opposite of what you want to do. If your puppy is consistently going in its crate in the morning, take it out before it does.