(Closed) Still Need Help with Crate Training

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

How big is the crate? It should be big enough where he can stand and turn around but not much more. Otherwise he can pee in it and then avoid it by going to the other end. If it’s too large for him right now, you may need to block off half of it till he’s bigger

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Pickle7:  You need to give him tough love, I know that curdling yelping is so sad and you hate leaving him in the kennel all day but he will get used to it. We had to do that for both of our dogs. Our first dog was such a baby about it and still is to this day but our second dog is so good, we make sure to give both of them treats before locking them up and while it works for our little boy, our girl is still high maintenence and doesn’t take it, so we just leave it on the blanket for her to eventually eat lol. Taking them pee right after you get home is crucial, praise them when they go outside and pee after you get home, it takes time. If you pup needs to drink water let them, just have pateince. How long have you had him?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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Pickle7:  I’m definitely not an animal expert, but this is what worked for me when I got my doggie. I called his crate his “bed” and would tell him to go to bed, but I wouldn’t close the door. I would make him stay in it for a while with the door open and play with him for a little bit. Eventually he associated his crate with good things. Since his crate wasn’t automatically associated with being shut-in or being left alone I never really had a problem getting him to get in it and stay. I think he views it as his own personal space instead and actually likes it lol. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

He’s probably having seperation anxiety, try putting a blanket or shirt with your smell in there it may help. That helped with mine I mean she still did it a couple of times but has stopped and now likes her kennel but if her Blanket isn’t there she doesn’t like it 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

When my dog was a puppy we had himsleep in his crate overnight. We would sit on the floor next to the crate until he fell asleep. He got used to it pretty quick ater that.  He is now five and has a much larger crate and we don’t even close the door. We just keep it becuase he likes to sleep in there, that’s his bedroom.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How old is he and how long is he in the crate?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Crate training can be really difficult but works wonders once you get past this first stage. We had a similar situation with our puppy. She was 8 weeks and we had no choice but to use the crate during the day. I threw treats in there to get her in there voluntarily but after a couple of days, she caught on and wouldn’t go in. I started using a command and routine when I needed her to go in the crate. I wouldn’t always leave the house either because she started associating the crate with me leaving.

<br />She also would pee almost every time. What do you have in the crate? We had a towel and it was soaking up the pee so she didn’t mind being in the crate after peeing. I felt terrible but we finally took everything out of the crate and if she peed, she would have to just sit in it. This continued for a couple weeks and then it just disappeared. We started leaving her crate door open when we were home and at night and she’d go lay down in there when she needed a nap. We got rid of it when my son was born and she actually got pretty sad until she got used to her bed.

<br />My suggestion is to take everything absorbent out of the crate so that if he does pee, he has to sit in it. As far as getting him to go in there on his own, it might take some time. Until then, try using treats and commands. If something doesn’t work, switch it up. You’ll get there, but it takes some time and it is so worth it!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

our puppy would pee due to anxiety too. it didn’t matter how long we were gone, she would get stressed out and pee right away. What worked for us was to take her out to pee and then put her in the crate. When she started to get too stressed, we would take her out and let her pee outside again. Then she wouldn’t have any left because the stress would stimulate her to go pee and she would see that she was going to be let out… but you can’t let your puppy play or get any tension when you take them out due to their distress otherwise

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Pickle7:  Just a week? Heck, it took about a solid 3 months for our dogs to fully be trained, granted there will still be minor mishaps but a week is nothing. Puppies little bladders cannot hold for very long, our vet advised that we take our puppies out as much as possible for the first few months, so in between our lunch breaks my Fiance and i took turns going back home to let them out. They advise that at 8 weeks they can really only last for about 4 hours, 10 weeks, 6 hours and 12 weeks a full 8 hours, but it takes time and patience. So yea, you’re puppy is going to pee in his kennel still, but like i said before, take him out as much as possible, give him a treat before putting him in his kennel, make him think its a good thing to be in there. Good luck.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I was temporarily or king out of state so I missed the fun Of training. The Fiance says he used to sleep next to the crate so they wouldn’t feel so anxious (we have two puppies). after a week they were not as anxious. They were in the crate together which helped too

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Please be patient with your puppy – things like this take time.  You said you’ve only had the pup for a week?  Just be consistent with what you’ve learned.   It will take awhile

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I haven’t read through all the comments, but do you try to associate the crate as a good thing? With our girl, we would grab a biscuit and say “kennel” and when she would enter it, I would give her the treat and praise her. Now she LOVES her kennel and we don’t even have to say it anymore! We just show her the treat and she runs straight to it.

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