We have been trying to crate train our puppies for the past two weeks. The girl goes into her crate at night, falls asleep and is quiet - that is until she hears her brother whining, barking, scratching etc. all night. He hates the crate. We wake up at least 3-4 times a night to this. We've tried having the crates in different places (right now they are next to our bed), putting a blanket over the crate (no luck), etc. If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
How would you feel about putting them in the crate together? They were littermates and are used to falling asleep on top of each other. Having them in the bedroom should of helped and I guess he just hates the crate but will eventually get a hang of it. If you don't like the idea of putting them in together there are things you can try. Draping one side of the crate is a good idea and will make it seem more like a den. A radio playing quietly in the background, a clock wrapped in a towel that ticks usually makes them settle or a chew toy that won't break easily also tends to help keep them busy. Does the pup need to go out more often? They will hardly ever unless it is an emergency dirty in the crate so the whinning may be due to the need of a bathroom break. When we got our pup at 6 weeks she also did not like the crate and we resorted to taking turns sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag, slowly moving away from the crate a little each night. Also, I don't think moving the crate around each night is a good idea. My other dog slept exactly where the crate was once we took it away. They will not be so easily convinced to move once you take the crate away, so try to stick to one place and hopefully he'll get the hang of it soon. Good luck
Aisha, Thanks for your suggestions. We did have them in one crate for the first week but the girl is a bed hog and the boy had no room. I think that my husband and I are about there with the sleeping bag idea - great suggestion and I'm so glad to hear that others have had this problem. We're not alone! I am going to try the clock tonight (I need to buy one because all of ours are digital). I'll let you know how it goes - thanks again for your help!
what are you doing when he cries ? are you getting up and going to him and letting him out ? most pup figure out real quick that the more noise they make you will get up and go to them and let them out of the bad crate :) if he is old enough to hold it thru the night then the best thing you can do is ignore him. if he is whining cause he needs to go out then take him out on a leash, once he potties, straight back in to the crate. no playtime. he will get the message that his whining does nothing but get him a trip to potty and thats all. if thats not the case then completely ignore him. i know its hard but it will eventually get better. are the 2 dogs side by side with a view of each other ? that may help.
I have said this before, and it does work. Cover the front of the crate and if they do cry tap firmly on top of the crate about three times and say, "no, no!" I have never had that fail. It would be great if you can practice that during the day.
Scout, Thanks for your reply. I know we have been bad parents because we let the whining go on for about 20 minutes max and then we can't take it anymore and relent. I think we are teaching him to cry longer and louder! We must be strong (when we know for sure that he does not have to urinate). Also, I am going to use the leash when I do take him outside to go potty (can't believe I did not think of that). You have Scully and Fox right? I am the one who also has the same-named cats. How do your cats and dogs get along? That's another thing we're struggling with.
If you go to the dollar store those clocks have no shame and make a ton of noise. If you have kids they will love the idea of camping out on the floor. Only we got Aisha in the summer so they could go back to sleep at 6a.m. so let them do it on a weekend. Yes scout is also right giving too much attention when barking and crying will encourage them to keep it up. Usually a sharp "NO" will make them stop for a while. and then ignore. Make sure no water before bed at least 2 hours prior, as this is a great excuse to get out of the crate. And if you do let them out make it a no fuss situation. Out they go and right back in the crate. (as little conversation as possible) They will know soon enough that it is bedtime. LOL:one night Aisha kept us up all night long and my husband was not impressed. The next day he would hardly let her take a nap. As soon as she started to doze off he would wake her up out of spite.
yes i have scully and fox :) everyone gets along fine, fortunately. my dog thunder thought it was great to chase around scully when we first brought her home. he had never been around a cat before and scully was 8 months old and born in a pound so she had never had close contact with a dog. she ran from him for quite awhile until one day she had enough and gave him the beating of his life !! she will still occasionally go after him for no reason other then to remind him of who she is :) fox is a little more pensive. he likes the dogs okay but generally steers clear of them unless they are sleeping. they don't really bother with him so i don't know why he is like that. the only dog he felt comfy around was our dog princess. she was his surrogate mother. i generally find dogs and cats will work it out if the dogs are pups when introduced. older dogs take a bit more supervision on a leash until you are sure. good luck :)