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Crate nightmares. Help!
Hi all. I’m losing my mind and don’t know what else to do. I thought I had Brixton somewhat crate trained. We have had our ups and downs over the past few months, but mostly worked. Now he is 4.5 months old, and night time has become a nightmare. I have followed EVERY trainer/video/article on crate training. I have “started over”. I have tried not to “give in”. I have washed everything. I took the bed out. I put the bed in. I take him to pee.
He won’t stop whining, and I can’t take it anymore. I need to sleep. And I need to not get evicted from my apartment because of noise.
Is it possible that I just need to accept that he will never be crate trained, and I am potentially screwed until he’s an adult? Because if he is not crate trained, it also means I will never ever be able to leave the apartment during the day either until he is an adult.
As much as I appreciate all the tips I get everywhere, just basically telling me I’m a terrible dog mom because I cannot figure out how to make him stop crying is not helping me.
And once he starts whining, he NEVER just cries it out. It will not stop until I take him out. And I truly believe it is not just about him wanting attention. He is clearly not happy in his crate.
Any advice other than referring me to the articles that all give the exact same advice on how to crate train? Because they are not working.
It’s 2am as I write this, and I am in tears. I don’t know what else to do, he won’t stop crying.