(Closed) New dog won’t stop whimpering in crate

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Our dog hated his crate at first too, and so we started feeding him in it. At first he just wouldn’t eat, but eventually he got hungry enough to go in and eat out of his crate (with the door OPEN, which is very important), which helped him associate his crate with good things. We would also just randomly put treats in there throughout the day and let him just wander in and get them. Soon he started to associate the crate with food and treats and got much better about it. He never got to a point where he LIKED the crate, but the whining and barking stopped!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

My dog never got used to the crate. And I got her as a newborn, so no one ever abused her with the crate either. She would wimper so loud and my apartment is so small that it would keep me up all night. She also always had abandonment issues when I would just go tot he bathroom and shut the door, she’d be barking and crying like I had left her for a week. I don’t really have any advice, except maybe you can get gates and quarantine a small section of the kitchen or bathroom isntead of the crate, but I’d assume the issue is just being away from you and not necessarily the crate.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Poor thing! Our dogs aren’t the biggest fans of the crate either. The idea of feeding her in the crate is a good one. We also took a towel and slept with it for about a week so it would smell like us and then we put it in the crate. You’re supposed to do that with a new puppy – take a blanket that has been with the mom and puppies to  comfort the dog. But we tried it with our stink and it seemed to work!

Unfortunately, it may just take time for her to get used to the crate. I hope things get better soon! I’m sure she’s happy to have such a good home.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got a 1-year-old dog from the shelter last year and had the same problem. The good news is that it gets better with time. I remember thinking the crying would never stop. It’s good that you’re not letting the dog out when she cries!

When I was home, I’d put my dog’s pillow in there and leave the door open, and just chill out watching tv with him in his crate right next to me.  I also fed him in his crate and would put little pieces of hot dogs in his crate to encourage him to enter. 

I think a lot of it has to do with the dog gradually gaining trust that you won’t abandon him or leave him in the crate for days on end, which can only happen by consistently crating him.  My dog used to throw temper tantrums, but now his considers his crate his “house” and will go there when he wants his own space. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had to go through this too! We stuff kongs, so she has something to keep busy with while in the crate. Nylabones are great too. We also randomly hide treats in it so she HAS to go in. Sometimes we practice crating and tell her to “kennel up” and then crate her while we ARE home, just for 10-20 minutes at a time, so it’s not like we are always crating her and leaving. Anytime I bought new toys I would put them in the crate, so she would have to go in and get them, so it was a “magical place” worth checking out. If your dog is big into toys I also had a ball with a rope attached that I tied in the back part of the crate, so if mine wanted to play with it she had to go inside her crate. We NEVER made her go in, we always did it on her terms.

Also, this sounds weird, but once she goes in, we’d wait for her to sit, then lay down, THEN she would get the treat and I would shut the door. It’s like if you just shut it right away she would whine, but if you waited for her to get comfortable and come to terms with being in there (laying down) then she handled it a lot better. Good luck!

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our puppy was the same way for a month or two.  We started playing classical music for him to encourage him to sleep. At first he would just whimper louder than the music but now he can’t sleep without it.  He loves his crate and will go in there without us even asking him.  It just takes time and trust.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Some dogs don’t get the Kong at first. Make it “easy” with peanut butter right at the opening so even the most half assed lick gets a huge mouth of peanut butter! Then you can make it harder to get food out by adding kibble, treats, freezing it, etc.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Also, make sure you never use the crate as punishment with dogs like this.  They need to know their crate is a happy place.  Giving her lots of treats, food and water in there will help make that happen. 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had the same problems with our puppy. We got no sleep for about 3 nights but eventually we figured out that if we completely cover his crate with a light sheet EVERY time he’s in it with the door closed he can’t see us leave and it feels like a little den. We would cover him and still be around talking to each other and everything so he knew we were there. That helped ease his anxiety a lot and now he’s just fine in there. Good luck! It will get better!

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