(Closed) Still Need Help with Crate Training

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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HaaaveYouMetTed: yes! We did that too. We have a specific treat, the large milkbone, for the crate so they don’t confused when given other treats. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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How long a puppy can hold it through the night is not indicative of how long they can hold it during the day. How long is he crated?

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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Pickle7:  Step one is to completely clean out and sanitize the crate.  you have to completely get rid of the pee smell (for his nose, not yours!) in order to prevent him from thinking “I’ve peed here before, so this must be an ok spot” because once they mark a spot, they’ll keep going back to it over and over and if he’s sitting on top of a “bathroom” for any legnth of time he’ll get agitated and not want to be there.  Imagine if your mom put your afternoon snacks on the toilet lid, would you be super excited to eat them?

The next thing is to work on keeping him in the crate when you can watch him constantly (like over a weekend), and if he pees correct the behavior instantly.  Then slowly work on increasing the legnth of time he’s in there.  Honestly, even though he can hold it all night, he really shouldn’t be spending all day in a crate without attention, during the day they’re active and need to go a lot more than at night.  Plus, before long you’ll reach an age where he’s not getting enough exercise and will start to get distructive if he’s not out more. 

As a rescue, you never really know what kind of an environment he was in before you got him.  Have you considered trying a different style of crate? For example a soft crate over a hard sided one? It might feel a bit more like a den to him and he’ll settle down in it better, but still can’t be in there all day, this is the most important factor to change.   

Post # 20
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Helper bee

i still stand by my previous comment that some pharmaceutical intervention while behavioral training possibly is key. the current school of thought from animal behaviorists is that animals CANNOT learn while stressed/anxious. if you temporarily soothe them with anti anxiety meds while teaching them that the crate is a safe place, their brain is not stressed and they can learn. my dog went through the exact same thing, but her anxiety was so severe that she would spend her time slamming against the crate door until she could squeeze her body through a small opening. She was on anti anxiety meds for less than a month and was able to be weaned off. She now goes in her crate at least 3x a week for 8 hour days and as long as she is allowed to potty before she goes in, she has no problems. Discuss it with your vet. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
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Pickle7:  what type of gate was it? they make some great metal ones that could be more durable.  Petco had them on sale last month too (I had to buy one for my 15 week old puppy). If you’re not able to be with him most of the day, it might be a better idea to puppy-proof your house and train him on wee-pads instead.  This would be a lot less stressful for him and probably a lot more effective.

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Helper bee

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Pickle7:  make sure to get a CBC panel done before getting any meds!

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