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Crate Training New Puppy
Hi all! We are new to this forum and I have some questions regarding crate training. I just got Murray, a 11 week old Havaton (Havanese/Coton de Tulear), a week ago. We decided right away that he would be crated during the night in our living room while we slept. We also have an older dog...a 9 year old Springer Spaniel, who sleeps in the same room on the sofa. Murray is a pretty good puppy outside of his crate. We are working on potty training and he is doing pretty good for a puppy his age. He is very quiet and well behaved outside of his crate. The problems start when we put him in his crate for the night. He barks, cries, whines, scratches, etc and just overall has a fit over being in there. The first couple of nights it was pretty much all night, then I read that I should cover his cage. I did this and it seemed to work for a couple of nights, but now he is back at it. The only difference is that it's not all night. He will have his fit for an hour or two and then quiet down. If he hears any movement from anyone in the house during the night, he starts in all over again. I am just wondering if there is anything else I can do to get him to stop having a fit when he is in the crate? He also messes in the crate and I thought puppies generally didn't do that where they sleep? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks....Trish & Murray