When I crate my 9 week old poodle in my room as recommended he goes nutz!!! He cries and tries to bit the crate and he does this everytime I try to get him in. I try putting toys in and even a shirt with my sent but that does not work. He never goes in by himself either. I try to only leave him in less than an hour and I go out of the room and sometimes he calms down, but when I return he start to act up again. Do you think I should leave the crate out of my room? Also is this ok.... While I am at work, I leave him in the bathroom with a small crate a pee pee pad and fresh water. He mostly goes on the pad. I work 10 hour days for 4 days a week. But during the day my boyfriend comes home at least once and lets him out. He does "use it" outside everytime (which is very good) but is that confusing? I try to crate him sometimes and he goes in the bathroom sometimes. So I guess I have 2 questions. Leave the dog in my room in his crate? Is the bathroom and crate training confusing? Thanks
I personally would keep being consistant with the crate training and going out side to the bathroom. I have never had luck paper (in my day it was paper training that was all the rage) and unless you always want her to use the pads...it will be like house breaking her twice to get her off the pad. As far as going nuts in the crate...dont show her it effects you. I might even cover the opening so she cant see you. At 9 weeks she is still too young to give up on. Dont cave in and ride it out. Mine are trained and still at times they whine and might take a few Sharp "No's" to get her attention. I wish you all the luck with the puppy....Poodles are smart...dont let it out smart you!!!
Take the crate into a small room like the bathroom. Leave the door open. Play around the crate. Reward with treats when she's anywhere near the crate. Throw them in occasionally and let her go in and get them and come out. Do this for about a week. When she seems comfortable, begin to close the door for a few seconds and give a treat only if she's quiet. When she excels at that, leave the room for short amounts of time and return with a treat only if she's quiet. If she barks, ignore her and walk out again. Return with a treat when she's quiet. This can't be done in a day, it may take a few weeks, gradually lengthening the time. I know it's tedious, but it will work. You can try the "cold turkey" approach, putting her in and ignoring her, but if she looks like she can't take it, or she might hurt her teeth biting or starts licking her self or shows any acute anxiety, then try the gradual approach. Good luck.
Thanks for all of your responses. Hopefully something will work and I will try all things mentioned here. Any other suggestions welcome But that also brings me to another questions, which I will ask on another thread...