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Cratetraining and sticking to it

Hi All ! Molly, 9 weeks today moved in with us a week ago, and we love her. She is our first dog, and I have done a lot of research on the breed and development and milestones, physically and mentally, and found out that I want to cratetrain her. But persistence is not my middle name, so when I saw that she had quite a good bladder capacity for her age, and really would rather play and cuddle with her than have her in her crate for most of the time, I didn't stick to my schedule.
But as of today we are cratetraining again AND sticking to it . BUT she cries a lot when we crate her, and that upsets me to the limit of my resilience.
I have a few Q s:

She has not yet figured out to move a stuffed KONG around, to get the kibble out so I throw some kibble Into her crate as well to make sure she has something to eat. Is that counterproductive with respect to her figuring out how to manage the kong ?

How do I make sure that she has enough to drink , when she is finished pottying she is much to agitated to drink even if put her by the waterbowl. She has a little bowl attached to the crate door.

This past week, she' s only done NO 2 3 times/day, so if she is taken to potty every hour that means that she will have to be crated for a half hour a lot of times as only NO 2 elicits playtime and cuddles and socialisation in general with people.

Thank you for any input about this, I know I owe you photos but havent found out how to upload yet


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She's very young so re the kong she may not be able to work it out for a while yet. It shouldn't be used as a food source only an activity and if they get the food out then it's the reward.

Water should always be accessible. If she doesn't drink it from the device then put a water bowl in with her.

They all cry to begin with. I would suggest you search the forum on previous posts in relation to crate training as l your questions will be answered from these.

I'm not sure why only a no 2 equates to play time. My pup only ever went twice a day that's pretty normal. The reward is probably more beneficial with no 1s as that's where it's harder to train.


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I have a few article for you.

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I have a few article for you. Kongs for Beginners - YouTube
Dave, I've never seen this video before so thank you so much for posting it.
I think Indy and I are going to have a lot of fun with this in the coming weeks
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