Post # 1
Hi bees! We added a new member to our family Friday! It was random and unexpected but we got an 8 week old female black Pug puppy ! She is so adorable ! We already have a 3 1/2 year old Pom and a 3 year old fawn colored Pug. My boys are great! We got so lucky in training them and they’re so well-behaved and sweet as can be ! BUT now I’m nervous about training a puppy again. Seeing how our other 2 turned out I know we are capable, but every dog is different. This little girl is SO needy ! I *think* maybe she needed another week with mom, possibly?!? She’s not sleeping well at night and HATES HATES HATES her crate. I remember the boys (what we call our other 2 dogs) weren’t fond of it either the first nights but they fell asleep after 15 mins of fussing, but our new pup freaks out ! Any tips on helping her feel more comfortable/get used to her crate?? It’s RIGHT next to my side of the bed. She has ones if my shirts in there, a blanket, and a stuffed animal, that’s her size. The potty training is going well, it’s just the sleep thing and the whining to be held that’s worrying me. I don’t want her to turn into a “needy” dog that constantly has to be held or something. If she does turn out that way, I’ll love her the same. She’s so darn adorable !! I’ll add a picture to this post tomorrow
Sorry for the long, random post this turned into, it IS 2:27 am and I’m in the livingroom, so the puppy doesn’t wake SO, while I try to tire her out! Am I just doomed to wait out the puppy stage or are there ANY tips at all since I’ve tried everything on google?
Post # 3
@dcrr0528: She may not like being in an enclosed create, especially if the breeder/puppy seller never had her in one. I would recommend leaving the door open at first – but given you are using a crate it probably defeats the purpose.
Also, try a warm water bottle under the blanket. It gives her something warm to snuggle again.
If she passes out during the day, take careful note of where – where is she sleeping durign the day. how does it differ from the crate? on a soft chair? Give her another blanket. with the other dogs? See if you can take her stuffed dog and pet it along one of the others.
Post # 4
crate training is perfectly fine- you have to be really really consistant with your interactions with your pup.
When she frets, ignore her completely, do not soothe her, do not call her name, do not look at her, do not say a word.
If she is in the room with you, sit and do something extremely relaxing, quiet and mundane like reading a book.
Let her fret for as long as it takes, when she gives in (20 minutes/hour/4 hours/24 hours) and settled down and stops (especially if she sighs) go over, intract with her, play with her, call her name.
The only exception to this is taking her out to the toilet, this should be done prefereably when shes quiet- preemtively take her to the toileting area (outside/ grass/ toileting sheets) and again, hang around till she goues to the toilet and the moment she toilets, big big fuss and play with her…
Do this over and over and over-
best of luck 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve heard putting a ticking clock wrapped in a shirt or something is supposed to help. My dog hated his crate too. I took the top off for a few days and that seemed to help.
@cacamillis: This is excellent advice!
Post # 6
Thank you all SOOO much ! I’m going to try these things. I have taken the top off of the crate so now it’s open on the top. I think that might’ve been my mistake because I moved her next to my bed and have been putting my hand on her trying to Calm her but she just wants me to pick her up so bad when I do!
I think the water bottle trick and clock will do wonders, she seems to need to be near and feel me at night. Thank you all so much again ! I’ll update in a couple of days to let you know the process on sleeping in the crate !
Post # 7
Both of our pups were hard to crate train, the second worse than the first. She was a mini weenie. What we ended up doing in the end was putting her crate right beside the other dogs and it was an a-ha moment! Why hadn’t we done that sooner….too many sleepless nights! Best of luck, just stick with it, I know it is hard!!!
Post # 8
@dragonlover: <— This
Also before you crate her ignore her for 5 minutes. It preps them for being alone.