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The "cover the crate" trick worked for Ricky. Now, after all these years, he prefers to sleep with the cover over his crate. He thinks of it as his secret cave. I would also suggest you keep the crate in your bedroom so you can hear the "fur ball"at night and take her out when she needs to go. Give her two or three minutes to perform maxium, and if not, back into the crate. No monkey business allowed in the middle of the night, that is "nite-nite" time. No treats either in the middle of the nights. Treats and praise are for daytime potty.

Another trick I learned from @krandall is I give Ricky a nite-nite cookie (in Ricky's case, a slice of dehydrated banana) right before he goes to bed. When I say "nite-nite time" Ricky goes charging to his crate and opens the crate door with his nose and jumps inside to get his cookie!

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Hey thanks that reminds me thatís how I taught my old dog to like her kennel, I gave her treats for going in. I do that with Stella....but sheís a lot more hesitant to do it after having spent several nights in there.

I wonder if I can cover her crate with a towel/blanket that smells like me so that way she has the smell and canít see that Iím not in there with her. New idea!
Better yet, sleep in a T-shirt, then give it to her to cuddle with! My youngest girl really likes this when I go away. She's a "mama's girl"
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Hey thanks that reminds me that’s how I taught my old dog to like her kennel, I gave her treats for going in. I do that with Stella....but she’s a lot more hesitant to do it after having spent several nights in there.
Here is another tip. I leave Ricky's crate unlatched during the day. He is free to come and go in the crate as he pleases. Sometimes he just likes to go inside for a nap during the day. He's got his blankie and teddy cow in there with him which he uses as a pillow (he has had it since he was born, it has never been washed, and it smells to high heaven I'm sure). Sometimes I will sneak a treat or a new toy into the crate when he is distracted elsewhere. He will randomly check the inside of his crate for possible surprises throughout the day.

I do lock his crate at night. I do not want him wandering the house at night. If Momi or Popi need to get up in the middle of the night, in the dark, I don't want him to get stepped on if he is out and about.

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Update—>put towel over crate that Stella had been sleeping on for a while in her bed, she did not cry at all when I left the room and has been in bed an hour no crying. First night ever with her not crying at all being put to bed!! Wow!! Not sure if it was just a timing thing or if the towel really did help but I am happy.

Her sleeping through the night is going to be another matter though. We’ll see!!
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Your pup is adorable! Our pup is now 16 months and have followed the advice here since he was 2 weeks old and it works. He sleeps in the kitchen. The first week we brought him home he did sleep in our bedroom but was disruptive to my husband when he moved around in there so we moved him to the kitchen where his pen is. He hasnt made a peep in a year and half,. His bedtime routine is we put his cookie in his crate, he runs in, we lock and cover with a towel and nite nite. We still have commotion in the kitchen like dishes, kids settling for bed, etc and no problems. He is used to it now.

My girls now want to sleep with him and I said after a year I would. I really donít want to mess with his great sleeping schedule.

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Another trick I learned from @krandall is I give Ricky a nite-nite cookie (in Ricky's case, a slice of dehydrated banana) right before he goes to bed. When I say "nite-nite time" Ricky goes charging to his crate and opens the crate door with his nose and jumps inside to get his cookie!

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Total newbie question - do you dehydrate food on your own or is this a puppy treat you can purchase?

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Total newbie question - do you dehydrate food on your own or is this a puppy treat you can purchase?
You can do it either way. I have a ďdog friendĒ with a dehydrator, and we trade off. She lends it to me and I make a bunch then give it back. But they arenít expensive for a base model.

But you can find lots of healthy freezedried treats. There is nothing special about banana exceptthat Ricky likes it, and that has become their routine. My dogs get Merrickís Back Country Freeze Dried Raw Chicken at bed time. Rickyís Popi and I like to use something that is good quality food, but the DOGS would be just as happy with a Milk Bone dog biscuit. Itís the routine that makes them happy.
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Total newbie question - do you dehydrate food on your own or is this a puppy treat you can purchase?
We purchased an inexpensive, bare bones Nesco Food Dehydrator from BB&B. It was very reasonable with the 20% off coupon. Works great! I am dehydrating another bunch of bananas right now. It takes about 12+ hours to get them to the crispy cookie consistency Ricky likes. Momi said bananas are cheap right now so she bought three big bunches that are in the cooker now. I use a hard boiled egg slicer to get all pieces the same thickness so they dry evenly.

I could dehydrate chicken too and I may try that soon. I am too cheap to buy the packaged dehydrated/freeze dried stuff at the store!
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We purchased an inexpensive, bare bones Nesco Food Dehydrator from BB&B. It was very reasonable with the 20% off coupon. Works great! I am dehydrating another bunch of bananas right now. It takes about 12+ hours to get them to the crispy cookie consistency Ricky likes. Momi said bananas are cheap right now so she bought three big bunches that are in the cooker now. I use a hard boiled egg slicer to get all pieces the same thickness so they dry evenly.

I could dehydrate chicken too and I may try that soon. I am too cheap to buy the packaged dehydrated/freeze dried stuff at the store!
Yep! The dehydrator saves a LOT of money!!! You can do meat on low in the oven to dry it out, but I don't think that would work for fruit!


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