|Barked: Thu May 10, '07 1:25pm PST |
|I brought my puppy, Boo, home about a week ago and he's so cute and sweet, I love him to death. He was going to the bathroom all over the house so I decided to crate train him using the method I read about in Tamar Gellar's book, the Loved Dog. I'm now realizing that Gellar doesn't really tell you what to expect nor does she offer any tips for stopping the barking and whining.
Here's a brief overview of her instructions: Put the dog in the crate for 2 hours, then let him out to potty, drink and run around for 30 minutes, then put him back in his crate for another 2 hours and repeat the process until he can roam around the house without any accidents. Once he can do that, the 30 minute time limit can be extended to 45 minutes.
During his 30 minutes of play time, I make sure to watch him and play with him. I call those 30 minutes, "Boo Time" because it's all about him at that point.
I brought the crate home on Tuesday and started the process right away. Gellar doesn't mention anything about getting the dog used to the crate and I read about that after I had already started (hindsight = 20/20). The problem I'm having is his whining/crying/barking when he's in his crate. I've started putting the crate on my bed at night because when I do that, he goes to sleep. If I don't, he'll howl for who knows how long. Once he's been housebroken, he'll sleep on my bed so I'm not worried about establishing that routine.
When he's howling in the crate, I talk to him calmly and soothingly but the second I walk away, he starts up again. He doesn't behave this way in his crate all the time though... other times he sleeps or plays but when he howls, he really howls.
Is he too young to reprimand for the noise (only 8 weeks)? Do I just ignore him or try to comfort him? Am I doing the right thing? I really need some advice because I'm worried sick that I'm doing permanant damage to his puppy psyche. I don't want to change what I'm doing right now drastically because I'm trying to establish a pattern.
I'm so worried and stressed... please help!
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