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Crate training quandary
Our little Leo is about 15 weeks old. He is doing fairly well with training. The first week, I was maniacal about making sure I was watching him with eagle eyes all day. He was okay with being in his expen, did fantastically in the crate at night in our room, but it absolutely freaks him out during the day. **A little background- The expen is in the kitchen with a little dog bed, his food bowl, and a pee pad. (litter isn't working for us yet.) The crate is in my bedroom.**
I am a stay at home mom, so I can be around and attentive to him most of the time, but even I have my limits as to how much I can watch him and prevent accidents. I want him to become comfortable with the crate and 'want' to be in there, so I have hidden food a million times for him to 'find' and he likes that, but high-tails it out as soon as the treat is gobbled up. I have tried kongs, but he doesn't go after them if he is in the crate. He just doesn't care about anything besides getting out. I have tried leaving him in for 2 and 3 minutes and he does well, but anything over 10 and he is whining and barking CONSTANTLY. Then, I struggle to find a time when he is quiet to let him out.
I love having him, but my life can't revolve around him and him alone forever! Can it work just to let him 'cry it out' on a reasonable schedule, or will I create more problems for myself by doing that? I think he is getting a bit too familiar with having tons of freedom and attention. He hasn't made too many potty mistakes in the house unless i have been distracted.
If there was some kind of fail-safe crate and feeding schedule that would work for us, I would love it. I just want to make him a good dog, and am not sure what to do at this point. Can't wait to hear your sage wisdom!