For pups under 7 months of age, the rule of thumb is to crate no longer than the number of hours equaling the dog’s age in months plus one. EX. if the dog is 3 months old that would be 3 months + 1 = 4 hours comfortably!
When a dog has the experience of being crated too long and feeling trapped while needs go unmet, that is the perfect set up to begin fear of the crate, fear of being left alone, and other problems. So if you need to leave a dog longer than the dog can comfortably hold bladder and bowels or longer than 8 hours (whichever is less), use different confinement, such as a small room.
I usually try to be nice, but I'm not always nice when I post. I'm pretty sure I've been pretty harsh in a couple, and I KNOW I've been pretty rude in person LOL I made someone feel pretty bad on the phone the other day at work because they wanted to rehome their older dog...as bad as I could since I was at work anyway.
Rudger said his pup was NINE WEEKS! This baby just left it's mommy and litter mates. What do you expect? If you wanted a dog that didn't yelp in a kennel or sleep thru the night, then you should have gotten one that's a year old already. Please let this baby out every 2-3 hrs to go potty!!! If not... then that's animal cruelty. Jeezzzze!
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.
Sparkimen, relax! I knew that my puppy would make a lot of noise, I'm not an idiot. Also, he has slept 5 hrs. straight a few times - so I know he can hold it for more than 2-3 hrs if he wants. I let him go potty frequently during the day and evening.
We keep our crate in a separate room downstairs for our 5month old. He has done fine with it. I think it helps him to be alone at night and develop some ability to be alone for a bit]). And we never leave him more than 8 hours at a time at night. My wife gets up at 4 or 5 and takes him for a walk and then puts him to sleep until 7 or 8 when I get up and do the same.
Rutger, you could try putting the crate in a larger x pen, if you have room. This would be if he stops whining when you let him out. I always give my dogs a treat when I start putting them in their crate, and then cover it and say 'night night'. That may sound stupid to you, but now, when I say night night, the dogs that I want to crate, all run to their crates for a reat! He is still young though; so have some patience. I'm repeating myself again, but have you tried putting a ticking clock, in a soft cover, in his bed? I wish you luck.
ayorkiemom, sorry I just pm'd you, and you won't be able to pm me back, because it still does'nt work. I give my dogs a treat ,cover the cage and say night night. I say no, if they whine, but this is normal behaviour for a puppy that has been seperated from his litter. You'll have to have a bit of patience. I also have the luxury of using other dogs to help crate train, but since my puppies are raised with me in my house, I rarely have this problem. Try a loud ticking clock in a soft cover, in his bed also. Do you both work full time?
I had this problem in the beginning with my puppy also, and after about a week of ignoring her when cried when she first went to bed in her crate, she calmed down and would go right to sleep. Of course, we still had to get up and take her out at 3 or 4am when she would wake up again to go outside, but ignoring her initially worked and she eventually settled down. My problem now, is that my dog is now a year old, and she has been waking up in the middle of the night crying because she wants to play, shes been fine sleeping through the night except for the past few weeks she wakes up and thinks its the middle of the day!! Anyone else have this problem after their dog outgrew the "puppy" stage??
Try putting something of yours in the crate with the puppy. The first week or so, I put my robe in with Bella. It seemed to calm her down. She still cried at first when I let her in the cage, but it wasn't as bad as the first night's whinning and she soon quited down and went to sleep.