(Closed) Did you CRATE TRAIN your puppy?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Hostess
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We crate our puppy when we’re not home, but if we’re home we don’t use it for punishment or anything else. She has some serious separation anxiety and the first day she was left alone, within 2 hours she had ripped apart the door frame, my DIY aisle runner, the couch, and the carpet. 

The best thing you can do is to keep rewarding them when they go in. Put his/her favorite toy in it and maybe let them play in it when you are home (but don’t shut them in) to show them it’s a safe and fun place! It takes lots of time, but it’s definitely worth it.  

 

EDIT: I should also note that she’s fully house trained already. We just crate her when we’re not home to make sure she doesn’t tear everything apart. I can’t wait until we don’t have to put her in anymore. 🙂

Post # 5
Hostess
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@howtobeawife:  We’re still getting over the separation anxiety. We actually have padlocks on her cage because she can get out otherwise, haha. She drools EXCESSIVELY, but I’ve never had a dog that has reacted to a cage like this, and I’ve owned 17 in my life. I’m not talking a little drool…she soaks herself and tries to lick her way out. When we let her out she’s really dehydrated.We’re pretty sure she was abused, which is why she reacts the way that she does. 

However, she does willingly go in and isn’t nearly as bad as she used to be. Most of our other dogs took to their crates and really liked them since they were a safe place. Remember, keep REWARDING! And don’t ever use a kennel for punishment, because then they’ll associate it with negativity.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@howtobeawife:  Absolutely.  It’s hard at first but the best way to train if you cannot be attached to your pup 24 hours a day until s/he is fully housetrained.  There are different levels of crate training as well (didn’t watch the video so I am not sure which one it depicts.)  We crate trained like this: 1) puppy in crate at night while we were asleep (let out to potty before going to bed for the night and first thing in the morning); 2) puppy in crate while we were out of the house or at work (no more than a few hours at first); and 3) puppy in crate while we are at home but busy cleaning or doing other chores that prevented us from keeping a close eye on the puppy for signs he needed to go out to potty (this seems to be what you were concerned about.)

Always potty before going into the crate and first thing after coming out of the crate.  Keep puppy close when s/he is out of the crate; some Bees rec keeping puppy leashed to you with short leash but my puppy wanted to stay as close to me as possible (even when I needed to go to the bathroom.)  I also took the first week off to stay home with the new puppy so I could get used to his schedule and behaviors; I learned his pee/poo expressions and behavior quickly!  After 6 months we started weaning him off the crate and by 1 year he had free run of the house.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I definitely second not using the crate for punishment.  We called the crate his “bed” and even as an adult dog when we had the crate out he would lay down in it willingly and on his own for naps or when he just wanted to get away from everyone else.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We crated our puppy for the first year when we weren’t home and at night. We did everything we could think of to make him like it–toys, treats, etc.–and I’m pretty sure he hated it. He didn’t destroy it or anything, but he never went in there if he didn’t have to, and he started peeing in it towards the end of that year. Our older dog was uncrated during that time, though, so maybe he was just jealous.

All of us are so much happier now that both dogs are uncrated. If our dogs were bigger we might have done it differently, but they’re only 13 and 18 pounds. Occasionally we’ll come home to something knocked over (especially if there’s thunder) or puke on the rug, but I feel like that’s all part of dog ownership. Plus having your dogs sleep in bed with you is awesome!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We tried but our puppy didn’t like it.  So I went old school.  My grandfather trained dogs for Scottland Yard so .. i went with his approach.   There are area’s in the house the dog is allowed other’s she’s not.  No crate, I mean cage.  I know some dogs love their cages but our’s didn’t.  I even put  her food in there and she didn’t eat for a day vs. going in the cage. 

I can’t say enough about just plain old WEARING THEM OUT.  Long walks, our dog was used to a fenced in yard and when I moved no more fenced in yard.  Take her to the dog park everyday and long long walks.  Most behavior problems are from dogs not being exercised enough.  

Teach her tricks too, remember taking tests in school. .. devoting alot of brain power to doing tasks wears you out too!  We have a routine we do in the yard with our dog. 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Our puppy loves her crate now. When we first foot her, she would whine for awhile when we put her in it, but now she doesn’t make a peep! She sleeps in it at night and during the day by choice, we just leave the door open for her. It also was ecxtremely helpful with potty training her. I highly recommend crate training.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@howtobeawife:  We crated in a separate room because he was noisy and would cry.  I felt bad about it the first few nights but he stopped crying after the third night.  I guess I make up for it now because now he sleeps on his own blanket and pillow on the bed at our feet.  It was hard the first month or two but it was worth it to have a fully housetrained dog.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

sure …  Dropping your voice and saying “NO” and leading her out of the room to a room she can be in.   I probably did it 10 times? But there’s always something going on, we’re working on her staying off the couch, she only does it when it get’s cold or during thunderstorms.  The situations are so random it’s hard to keep on her, but that’s our current issue.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I grew up with dogs too, and we never did this. But our dogs seemed to have an awful lot of accidents! When the Fiance and I got our puppy who was a hellion, we did it. We knew that we would NEVER be able to leave him out when we weren’t there. That’s mainly the reason we started with the cage. He took to it almost immediately. He had a couple accidents, but that was because I was leaving water in his cage with him. Once I took that out he never had another accident. Dogs are denning animals, they like to have their own space. Now he goes in his cage if he is scared, tired, or bored. He has NEVER pooped in the house, and only twice on the floor ever. He is a really great dog, especially when it comes to using the bathroom outside. I honestly think it has everything to do with us using a crate. I would highly recommend it!  

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