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Crate training - am I doing this right?
I would appreciate any feedback on this...
My husband and I got our puppy a couple of days ago. We are trying to crate train him and have him sleep in his crate.
We have had two nights with him, the first night we did not hear a peep all night (not even for a toilet break) however last night he was much more restless.
He was fairly warn out last night and started falling asleep while we were watching TV at around 9pm. Then I got him up and called him to his crate - he was fine and went off to sleep (as he did the previous night). Then at around 11:30 pm he woke up crying. I took him out to go potty just in case that was the issue as it wasn't I put him back in his crate. He was then not settling at all. It took probably an hour until he went back to sleep. A couple of times my husband told him to be quiet as we were getting concerned for our neighbours however when we just ignored him he seemed to settle about 10 min after. (I am not sure if this is just because he was worn out or because we were ignoring him).
He seems to not LOVE his crate just yet, he will happy follow a toy I throw in or treat and is content however as soon as he notices I lock the crate it starts. Its not too bad in my presence but this morning as I went for a shower - well what a big cry he had!
My question is really around the type of crate we are using as I am wondering if a smaller (travel size) crate would be better at settling him as the one he is in is a large wire and big enough that he can stand up in it. (it is probably 1m wide, 70cm high and 60cm deep so quite a large rectangle. on the floor of it we have a bed that fits in quite nicely and ontop of that I usually leave a few scattered toys and his blanket on top.
If you have any thoughts please let me know... should his crate be a smaller size so he has less room? Or is it just this behaviour is normal in the first few days of being in his new environment with out his Mum and sibblings?
Our pup Doug is 10 weeks old.
I have included one photo of him in his crate (although you can't see its full size here) and another of him lazing on the tiles.