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I'm new to this...this is my first post I am a mom of 2 boys (16mths and 5yrs) and we just got the sweetest little 10 week old Havanese puppy!! He is an amazing fit to our family! Both my husband and I both owned dogs in the past (never a Havanese) and we are both so pleased with his temperament and how smart he is!! After only a couple days of potty training and he is going to the door all by himself!! We are definitely proud puppy parents!!

However, I need advice, we want him to be kennel trained but when we put him in at night he just cries and barks for hours!! We have tried a smaller kennel, putting him by the bed, moving him to a different room, giving him chew toys, ignoring him, etc. to no avail. Even when we leave the house we put him in and listen through the baby monitor (we have an iBaby and can listen in wherever we are) and he just cries all while we are gone. So for the past couple of nights he's been in bed with my husband and me and he sleeps soundly the whole night. I can't leave him crying at night as we work and have small kids...Help!!
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Davetgabby and krandall will help. I highly recommend Crate Games training. Basically it teaches the dog to LOVE the crate. In my area there are classes you can go to with this program. If not, I understand there is a DVD. It really works!
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Thanks I will look it up!


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I'll let others discuss various techniques about crate training because Dana and I had it relatively easy with Gibbs. I will recommend the following:

1. Consistency. Don't keep moving him around to different areas. Pick a place and stick to it. He will eventually get comfortable in "His Place". BTW -Don't pick the foyer. Dana and I can no longer walk through the foyer to the kitchen without hopping over baby gates.

2. Commitment. Believe that what you are doing is for the best long-term well being of you dog. This type of commitment will require you to resist coming to his "rescue" every time he cries for an extended period of time.

3. Patience. He will eventually calm himself. It took Gibbs two hours to calm himself the first night. It apparently will take your guy longer.

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Yeah it's the patience part we are struggling with...and we are not really sure where to put him so that we can ignore him and let him settle himself without disturbing us or the kids. If he's gonna cry all night I would still like my kids and hubby to sleep, I work part time from home so I can go to work in my jammies and dip my head in coffee from time to time lol Dilemma!!!


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Yeah it's the patience part we are struggling with...and we are not really sure where to put him so that we can ignore him and let him settle himself without disturbing us or the kids. If he's gonna cry all night I would still like my kids and hubby to sleep, I work part time from home so I can go to work in my jammies and dip my head in coffee from time to time lol Dilemma!!!


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I knew there was a 4th recommendation I forgot to post, I just remembered.

Make sure he's good and tired before putting him down for the night. This is the weekend, so it's the perfect time to start.

1. Give him plenty of exercise during the day, but allow him to nap as usual.

2. Starting after dinner, try to keep him active and awake.


Gibbs would start to tire around 7:30 and want to take a nap. I'd do all the following to keep him awake until bedtime.

1. Use my cell phone to call the house phone and the house phone to call the cell phone so the noise would wake him.

2. Open the front door to go outside.

3. Ring the door bell.

4. Open the refrigerator - Gibbs is highly food motivated and doesn't want to miss a food opportunity.


The goal was to make sure he was as tired as possible before bedtime, so he would eventually give up and go to sleep. It only took us about 4 nights, and each night the whining was less than the night before.

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I did not have to do all these things continually. I'd call on the phone and Gibbs would wake up. We'd play for awhile and he'd saunter off and lay down. After a few minutes, I'd go to the kitchen and open the refrigerator. He'd hear it and come to the kitchen. I'd pet him, pick him up etc. We'd play and he'd eventually lay back down. I'd then open the front door to go outside. He'd want to go out with me and we'd be outside for a while.

I knew he was ready for bed when I'd be squeaking his toys and he'd raise his head and then immediately lay back down. Once he stopped responding to the surrounding stimuli, Dana and I would put him in his Pen and go to bed. We'd then ignore him until he finally fell asleep.

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Oh I feel your pain. First few nights with Charlie were so stressful. We had decided that we would put his crate in the spare bedroom in his expen as that would be his room. After three nights of barking and crying we gave up on this and moved the crate next to our bed. The first night when he cried a little bit I was able to put my fingers through the wire and this immediately settled him. After that, he just woke us when he needed to potty and then would go straight back to sleep. He slept in our room for about 2 months. Then we gradually moved the crate nearer the door and eventually back to the other room and that's where he now happily sleeps.

Agree with Gibbs, we still try and keep Charlie awake in the evening so that he doesn't wake us too early in the morning.
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I agree, dont bounce the crate from place to place. Whenever we brought a puppy home, it slept in a crate, right next to me so I could put my fingers in when they whined and cried. Each night got better and better, less and less crying and we slowly moved the crate to the other side of the room. Although they all sleep in our room, they all sleep in their crates and are happy in them!

Remember that he is still a baby! he needs time to adjust to a brand new home. Enjoy!!

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[QUOTE=Laurief;644962]I agree, dont bounce the crate from place to place. Whenever we brought a puppy home, it slept in a crate, right next to me so I could put my fingers ......
That is how Leo has slept since we brought him home. In his small crate on a table right beside my bed if he wakes which is rarely now I can put my fingers in his crate to let him know I am there for him.


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