Is a 9 week old puppy too young to crate train? We put him in the crate at bedtime on the first night and he was yelping and crying uncontrollably for over an hour. I know every book I've read says not to go to the dog when they are crying, but it was just too much noise and we were afraid the neighbors were going to wake up. I took him out and slept on the couch with him. Last night, same thing...he didn't cry for the whole first hour, but then he started up again. After an hour of him crying, my husband went down and slept on the couch but left the puppy in the crate and he stopped crying. We have the crate in the living room because my husband doesn't want to allow him upstairs at all. Should we be crating the puppy at night at this young age, or not? Or should I maybe ask my husband to reconsider and put the crate upstairs, or in our bedroom? I don't want to train him to cry to be let out of the crate, but I don't want to traumatize the poor pup either. Can anyone offer advice? Thanks for your help.
I don't think 9 weeks is too young if you are PROPERLY crate training. Meaning the 9 week old puppy is NEVER left in the crate more than 3 hours at a time, and that includes during the night. The puppy is going to cry at night anyway. That is very common, they are missing mom and littermates.
When it is the last puppy at my house (where the puppy was born), nearly every time they cry during the night. I cheat though and normally stick them in a crate with another dog for a while. It works well for me :)
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I started with B the night we picked him up. To stop him from yelping and crying I put him in my room and slept with my hand hanging off the bed one finger in the crate.
After a few days he stoped yelping and I moved him into the dineing room. Now he just sleep were ever he wants.
I dont think it will hurt anything if you move him to your room for a few nights untill he gets used to his new home. I mean he will be in his crate and its only at night, and once he stops yelping you can move him back down to the living room.
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Yes Alicat, we have been taking him outside to pee twice a night.
I guess I'm afraid that if we take the crate upstairs for just the first few nights, that he's going to expect to come up there with us every night and when we try to put it back downstairs, he'll start crying again and we'll be back to square one.
You are correct, you need to have him sleep where you expect him to sleep. If you give in they you will be back at square one or really even further back than that, because you are then TEACHING him if he cries/barks enough then he gets what he wants.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
Since the pup will be missing mom & litter mates, you might want to try something like this in the crate:
Snuggle pals were designed to help pets become accustomed to their new homes. They come complete with battery-operated heartbeat and 2 types of safe, disposable heat bags. Approximately 15" in length. They are more than just another cute stuffed animal - they provide comfort, security and unconditional love!
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Thanks prymom, I didn't know such a thing existed. I called all the local pet stores and no one carries anything like it, so I think I may try to make one myself out of a stuffed animal, a wind-up clock, and a microwavable heating pad. We'll see what happens :)
Are you covering the crate at night? That sometimes helps as well. Personally I found since I cover our puppy's crate, we can move it anywhere and she sleeps just fine. We take the crate to camp, to out of town families homes and as long as the inside looks the same I don't think she has any clue the actual crate is in a different place..that is.. once they get used to the crate :)
I put a soda bottle filled with hot water and covered by towels.
Puppy gets a good dose of play and potty break before bedtime. I f the pup wakes we do a potty break and a short round of play and then back to bed with toys a chewy and a refreshed bottle if it gets chilled. Works great! I have to say usually they do well through the night with the bottle, its like snuggling with litter mates that don't move and wake them up lol.
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Won't it be wonderful when they are trained? I am looking forward to the day Kayla doesn't chew us half to death. I know what y'all are going through and its rough sometimes. I can't even go to the bathroom in the middle of the nite without holding my breath that when she hears the comode flush, up she gets. My husband doesn't turn on the light in his bathroom until he's in there and turns it out before he opens the door, so she won't see it. Does she have us trained or what?? Hope things get better for you soon. Things has to get better for us or I'm going to keel over from being so tired. Good luck.