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LOL! I can't tell you how much raising Havs reminds me of raising my human babies!
We got Bonnie at 14 weeks and she was 100% crate trained. Cool. Duncan Mac is 10 weeks and is 100% crate trained AT NIGHT. LOL. During the day, it's a crap-shoot. 50/50. Sometimes, he barks about 5 minutes before settling into the crate. Sometimes it's 30 minutes! At that point, I usually give up! But I'm confused! Isn't he a sleepy puppy? How can he protest so much? Why? Of course, he doesn't mind being cuddled at all! LOL. Guess I should get out my Baby Bjorn and front-carry him around with me as I clean the house like I did when my babies were fussy????
I only crate him a couple of times a day -- if I'm going out for a bit or if it's time for his nap. If I throw a treat in there it helps but I'm still confused why he protest so much. Will he just get over it if I let him bark it out? He's not frantic, just persistent.
Interestingly, at night, his crate sits right next to Bonnie's. And the two of them snooze next to each other. She sleeps through the night, but he needs a potty break or two, but, like I said, he NEVER barks at NIGHT in his crate. Maybe 'cause he's next to his best buddy?
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Donna, Pablo came crate trained too and my breeder told me to keep crating him at daytime too for 30-60min in another room where he couldn't hear us. I did that and believe me he went from crying 45 min, down to 25 and now to 0. You just have to be more persistent. Of course he needs to be well exercised, fed, peed&pooped. Put a treat and a safe toy in there, say 'naptime' or whatever you want, put him in there, shut the door and leave. He'll freak out but don't give up. They seem to get it at one point. I now need to pull Pablo out of his crate to put him in his ex-pen for the rest of his nap. He learned it's not a bad thing after all to have your little cuddly house in a quiet room for a good nap. Good luck!

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Donna, Pablo came crate trained too and my breeder told me to keep crating him at daytime too for 30-60min in another room where he couldn't hear us. I did that and believe me he went from crying 45 min, down to 25 and now to 0. You just have to be more persistent. Of course he needs to be well exercised, fed, peed&pooped. Put a treat and a safe toy in there, say 'naptime' or whatever you want, put him in there, shut the door and leave. He'll freak out but don't give up. They seem to get it at one point. I now need to pull Pablo out of his crate to put him in his ex-pen for the rest of his nap. He learned it's not a bad thing after all to have your little cuddly house in a quiet room for a good nap. Good luck!
Thanks Maryam! My breeder stresses the same thing with crating and it has been so helpful with us with potty training and separation anxiety etc. I had just started putting Duncan in my bathroom, away from noises -- I'll keep that up! I do make sure about the exercise and elimination before he goes in and I like the couple of toys and treat too. Our word for crate is, "go to bed," in a happy way.
Thanks so much for the encouragment! I'll stick to my guns and let him CIO! He's only been with us 6 days, I'm sure it'll get better! Otherwise, he has completely made himself a part of our happy family!
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Nigel was the one for me that would cry, bark, sound like a monkey, bird. He would come up with all kinds of sounds.

I would put him in a crate I had for my lab, when she was younger, so I could get my daughter off to school. I made sure he had gone potty, and put his food and water in the crate. After a few days he would walk in the crate on his own, because he soon learned that was where breakfast was. He would eat and go lay down or play with a toy. I would use it when cooking ect. Whenever I coulldn't keep a eye on him.

He now will go in his crate to a nap durning the day from time to time. He never complains when he has to go in.

It does get better.

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