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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Bentley is not having a good day...

Nor are we. First day back to work. Had a nice long weekend to try to establish some of routine. I work from home and have 2 larger crates in my office so they can move around, play, and plenty of room to stretch out to sleep (each in their own crate). Bentley isn't liking the larger crate so I put him in his smaller one. He has not stopped whining/yelping yet !!! He sleeps in the crate fine all night long, one potty break and back to sleep until 6:30 (ish). Over the weekend, I perodically put him in the crate for a nap. Seems he likes it okay if he's tired and wanting to sleep so I don't think its a crate issue. He is in there taking a fit and a half, clawing at the door...and now Evye's whining because it's bothering her. I talk to him reassuringly. I put my fingers in the cage to try to settle him and he continues his high-pitched screetching. What a mouth on that little thing. We have already had our 15-minute potty-play break so he doesn't have to potty. I haven't given in to take him out of his crte but how long is too long to let them whine and carry on?

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Since he's in the crate all night, it may be too much confinement for him. What about using an ex-pen? He'll have much more space to stretch out and play.

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Bless your heart. That is hard, but I do think it's important not to take him out until he quites down..as least for a minute or two. Don't let him get the message that crying will get him out. Do you have a chew stick that you could drop in the crate to give him something to do? I think he will learn in a few days and settle down. Oh...maybe try covering 3 sides with a throw...Cicero did great when I did that. Good luck!!


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Good advice so far. I second the xpen suggestion with a crate at one end and... do they have to be apart? Could you do a set up with one big crate and the xpen and both of them in the area? That is what I do with my two youngest and they love it. Play, sleep, play, sleep. I could leave them in there all day and they would not really fuss. My two are 7 lbs and 3 lbs and nobody gets hurt.

I stack one wire cage on top of another one with a towel draped over the bottom one and the top. This way they can sleep apart or together or where ever. I will try to post a photo later. Also, I do not use all the sections of the xpen as I do not have the room. They really only have an area about 4 feet by 3 feet (including the wire cage). It's all they need and... no fussing!

Good luck and stay strong. Remember, don't feel bad, they can sense this. Remind yourself his needs are met and he is just learning a new skill.

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Poor Sharlene, I know that is so hard! I know it will get better but the time leading up to it is like an eternity!!!

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If you can move him back in to the smaller crate .. They do not like too much space when they are so small - a crate is like a den.
I agree with the X pen it lets them have a time away from the crate ..There is a period of adjustment with a crate .. I had to crate Asta and then leave as I could not stand his howling .. I would leave him for brief periods 5 - 10 - 15 minutes .
I also cover the crate when I leave the dogs .. I say time for a nap amd they go in the crate and do just that ..
I make sure they are walked or pottied and have a good play time before I do this ..
I now leave them in the kitchen which is gated sometimes as I try to keep the crate for napping and nightime sleep ..
There are lots of other threads that address this issue .
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What worked so well for Evye, Bentley is hating. He is a complainer and she complains about so little. It's his first day at the "office" but what a day !!! I do have a play pen 36 x 36...if this isnt' going to work out in his crate, I'll go to plan B, C, D... Evye does her share of whining but this is a howl, sounds a like coyote and out of such a small little mouth. Bentley (3 lbs) and Evye (last weighed 6.8) are about the same weights as yours. He just looks so itty bitty compared to her.

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Oh Yes I know that sound well .... You cannot imagine such a small dog can make such an incredible sound .. You have to remeber what my behaviourist said every dog is different and everyone is special in their own way .
I have definetly learned what worked for one dog does not always work for the other .. It is best to go with the flow and have a sense of humor ..
Cosmo is the one now who always worries about me and makes sure I am OK .. If I sneeze he comes up and loooks me right in the eye to see if there is something he can do ..
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Sharlene,

I know what that howl is..................Poor thing! The x-pen sounds like a wonderful idea with the crate.

Go to the next plan from "A."



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Sharlene - I call it the "2nd child syndrome" Finnegan is such a BRAT compared to Seamus!!!!!!

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