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I have a puppy so I have been on this site a lot looking for advice. As in this thread there is a ton of good advice. I read a thread cant remember who wrote it, but the poster said something that stuck with me, about the crate being like "a bedroom decked out with luxury bedding and a flat screen," a refuge from the world. This is the set up I want for my dog and I keep that image in mind.
I dont know if this will work, but I would keep at giving him treats and all good times in the crate. Do not shout at him or use spray bottles etc. Just ignore him when he cries - leave the room, wear earplugs whatever. Dont acknowledge it. It may take awhile. My dog isnt into the kong too much either but he loves chicken so i always give him some in the crate. he has his meals there too (with the door open). Sometimes I throw treats in and say "bed" in a really fun voice.
In my local area there is a "crate games" class at the dog training club. Check to see if there is one in your area. Also read posts from DaveGabby - he has a ton of good info!
I think there are a lot of pluses to having a crate trained dog. I want my dog to be able to go the groomer and not freak out. You may want to travel with your dog and put him under the airplane seat. Also there are times that the dog is best in a crate for his own safety. When I am home my puppy is usually out and I have worked on the bell ringing with him. They are pretty smart with housebreaking so if you really watch them as Tille's Mom said you can train them. But at night and when I am gone he is crated. He still cries sometimes (but not at night) but he is getting better with being crated for small segments when I am home doing something and cant watch him. Also keep in mind that a dog isnt totally reliable with housebreaking for awhile. I think with my other dog (not a hav) it was a year before he was perfect. Good luck and remember, just ignore it. And have fun with him, make sure he has exercise (they need more than you think), then he will want to take a break and get away from it all.
Also, I didnt get an ex pen. The more I thought about it I didnt really see the point.
Last edited by SJ1998; 02-07-2013 at 02:25 PM.