Hi there, This is my first post as a member of Terrific Pets. I just got an adorable little parti Pomeranian and I am having problems getting him used to his crate. Whenever he goes in there he howls and crys for over an hour. Any tips on how I can quiet him down a bit? Thanks!
NoDog is right--very important to ignore your dog's cries. If you don't, then you reinforce the idea that making noise = freedom from crate!
Buy your dog a collection of "stuffable" toys, like Kong toys or Busy Buddy toys. You can put food/treats, peanut butter, or cheese in them, and give them to your dog when you put him/her in the crate. That should keep him quiet for a little while at least! It also helps because they may associate going into the crate with a treat.
We no longer crate our dog, but I do give him a treat dispensing toy when we go so he won't bolt the door. It's sad how HAPPY he gets when he sees we are about to leave!
My favorites are the Kong Stuff-A-Ball and the Busy Buddy Twist-N-Treat. I also just ordered the Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone for my dog.
Hi, welcome to the crate horror... But it only lasts a short time...but seems for ever!
I've tried it all, crate in the bedroom next to my bed, crate in it's own room, crate covered, crate uncovered.. etc..with music, without music, with tv, without tv...
My puppy has distroyed 2 new heavy army blankets and 2 good king sized sheets. It was recommended to me to buy a different crate.. one of those heavy duty plastic taxi crates they use on planes... did it... worked one night. He is always good for one night with something new... that's when he is trying to figure out how to UNDO it... ha ha The second night is HECK. He takes his tongue and sticks it out of the 1 1/2 inch opening and finally gets the fabric to stick to it... curls up the tongue and pulls the cloth just inside the cage.. takes his teeth and does the rest of the pulling and distruction.. I even tried laying 2x4's on the cage top to keep the fabric.. 4-6 inches away... that worked for 3 days... until one night I heard the banging of lumber.. he would pop it with his nose until it fell and then in came the sheet with his tongue.. .. I bought that taxi crate... super.. 89.99 plus tax.. thought if it works.. it's worth it... well..it was ok for the first night... with that one I didn't need to cover it..since it's enclosed.... then the second night at 3 am I heard him out and about.. I turned on the light and YUP..he pulled the door in and bent the heavy duty metal top and bottom secure wires...like a U .. so back to the metal crate again.
I put in stuffed animals and a scented night shirt of mine and 3 treats plus a water dish is hooked to the side. It's funny in the morning (4-6am) when I let him out.. He immediately runs to the kitchen water dish...won't drink out of the one in the crate..no matter what one is in the crate... then he takes out each stuffed toy and all 3 treats and eats them outside the cage! It's like he is releasing all of his buddies from prison...like a BRAKE OUT.
But seriously.. you must get them traine to a crate...just incase they ever need to go to the vets... for surgery etc.. otherwise..they'd go ballistic when they woke up in one.
I found that COVERING the crate STOPS the crying, whining and barking... they feel secured..like in a dog den. Also I found out lining the crate with a GOOD thick BATHROOM rug..making it comfortable and it doesn't slide due to the rubber backing...is the answer too! They love the softness and comfort. NOW about the cover... well.. I just went to walmarts last night, bought 4 yds of heavy duty quilt lining and with in 30 mins made a tight fitting cover.. leaving 6 inches from the bottom for ventilation etc... and the first night was a success... we'll have to see about tonight and tomorrow night... remember it takes him a night of thinking....ha ha ha ha ha
Please open the crate during the day and play with your puppy and his toys in and out... close the door and let him open it... Now and then through in a couple of treats when he's watching... and let him enter and exit it on his own... you don't want him to fear it.. nor use it as punishment! Also remember that their little bladder can't hold for a long time so a night sleep ...could only mean 4 or 6 hrs.... so you might have to get up once a night to do a potty run...then back in!
Each night when my Malamute knows it's time for bed.. he wants to pull away from the door... but he then goes in and lays right down with out a word..unless it's uncovered!
If my double secured, heavy duty covering works... I'll make a whole bunch and sell them on ebay!!!!!!! ha ha ha
personal experience: when we brought our puppy home and put her to bed in her crate she did not like it AT all and she was very clear about it.. Cried and howled. We read we should ignore it and not to give in even if it gets worse because then she will learn that all it takes is persistence. She was fine didn't have anything hurting her, she had already went potty, she just didn't want to be alone. So we completly ignored her. She kept it up (cried herself to sleep and it nearly broke my heart) for about a week.. she realized that it didn't get what she wanted so she stopped. Recently she finally decided to use her bark. Lol. imagine our shocked faces when she finally made a big sound instead of a baby one. She was trying it on everything. Started using it to get us to let her inside when we were leaving her in the backyard. The first time our roommate heard it though he let her right in. it was like a light bulb went on. A-HA that's what it's for. she continued to try to bark for our attention for weeks everytime we left her outside and since it never worked again she eventually tapered off and stopped. It just took patience. so make sure the puppy is fine and then ignore the wrong response but also remember to reward the correct one. she HAS learned that sitting at the sliding glass door giving me the puppy eyes will work 50 % of the time. And i'm ok with that. lol. Good luck :)
We have our puppy almost 3 weeks. The first nite we had the crate in the bedroom and she cried every hour and we were out for walks all hours of the nite. After that we kept the crate in the kitchen and she was up often. By nite 4 we were covering the crate and she would wake up in the middle of the nite. We walked her and she had no interest in going back to sleep in her crate. Crying and whining all nite long. So I would sleep on the floor with her in one of the bedrooms. My back still hurts. For the past week and a half I have set up a blanket on the floor next to my bed and after her 10pm walk, I lay her down on the blanket and she sleeps until 6:45am. I think she trained me! She does use her crate and pen all day long and has no problem putting her self to sleep for a nap in the crate. Is this bad to have her sleep out of the crate? She is sleeping all nite long. Please give me some advise. thanks
No there's nothing wrong with braking a dog into sleeping on the floor and not in a crate AS LONG AS HE IS HOUSEBROKEN AND YOU CAN TRUST HE WON'T DESTROY ANYTHING...SUCH AS CHEW A COUCH/CHAIR OR WIRES ETC. I was instructed when I purchased my Alaskan Malamute to never trust him alone in the house... they can be and she states will be distructive! She also told me that malamutes are very smart and also stubborn..and I do see those 2 traits! I beleave that is why they sell doggie beds... for dogs that can sleep outside of the crate. I would still keep him crate trained incase he ever has to go to a vet etc.. I beleave your puppy feels less confined (inprisoned) sleeping on the floor... maybe you might want to get a doggie play yard ( small fence like sections which keep the doggie in one area). Good luck and I'm happy for you!