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Old 11-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Stop crying...

Any advice to help stop the crying at bed time and short periods of time when I can't watch him.?
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Is Jackson in a pen or crate? My trainer said to use the treat method. Throw a treat in and let him go in and get it, praise, throw in another, praise when he goes in, throw a few in and when he goes in shut the door for a minute and praise, repeat. Jackson has to associate his crate with a good thing. Ted has an open crate in a pen but when we went to agility for a few weeks he had to go in his pen when it wasn't his turn and he was fine with it.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
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My girl's crates are in the bedroom...I do the treat thing and stay in there for a bit.
I am also guilty of leaving the tv and light on (until I go to bed). I also say I will be right back and go back in a couple of minutes...walk around and leave.

Have been doing this for a long time and at 10:30 sharp they start looking at me, as if to say "let's go to bed". It is out to potty and they dash for the bedroom.

How old is your puppy? Sometimes it just takes time...another one maybe.....to keep it company? You know the potato chip thing...
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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When Cey was a puppy, every time I had to leave him (at first), I would leave him a long-lasting special treat that he never got any other time, like a puppy Kong stuffed with kibble with peanut butter or cream cheese, or a little frozen bit of meat. Same idea as the treat trick, but longer lasting. By the time he noticed I was leaving, I was already gone, and it actually gave him something to look forward to when I was getting ready to go. Now, sometimes I scatter tiny treats around the kitchen when I leave, or in the car if I am leaving him alone in the car, for him to find, but I don't have to do it every time as he is quite comfortable being left alone.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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I just have a gate up in the hall.. Any treat recommendations? Other than the crying his potty training is going great only 2 accidents.. Im shocked & so excited at how well he is doing compared to our Morkie Apollo..
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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When we first got Olive he would whine every time we left him in the play pen (both when we were in the apartment and couldn't watch him and when we put him to bed at night). The first few days were really hell. Our method was to completely and utterly ignore him when he whines. We've also been doing "calm conditioning" by rewarding him in small ways when he's in a calm state: petting him softly, giving him little treats, etc. He's gotten so much better about whining, I hardly hear a peep out of him anymore.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #7
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Yep Ted doesn't make a sound in his. We had to ignore him at the beginning too. I also gave him special treats that we're just for training or the pen. Maybe Jackson is upset because he has too much space. Dogs feel safer in a den. It's like protection for them when they sleep. Ted goes automatically into his little crate when I put him in his pen. that's gotta say something as I never told him to go in the crate. That's just what he picks!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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Glad to hear I am not the only one with a pup that wants to cry. If anyone has any thoughts on my method of crating please let me know
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:31 PM   #9
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Hello :-), Jackson doesn't cry anymore just whines a bit when I get ready to go out to work. And I the treat method didn't work for us.. As much as it killed me to do so, I just ignored it... Thank everyone for the advice!


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Old 12-11-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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nothing like a fine whine lol http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/de...ines_all_night
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