|Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 6:50am PST |
So, Skipper came home on the 28th of Feb and I really love the little guy
I've started crate training him but to be honest, have hit a brick wall...
When he is left alone in the crate for 30 seconds he starts to scream at the top if his lungs... It isn't a bark or a cry, he screams!
Now, I know how to crate train dogs but I've only ever done it with older dogs before... I've been playing crate games with him, feeding him in his crate with the door open and leaving him in there for 30 seconds at a time whilst I sit next to him... This all goes really well and he isn't afraid of the crate at all. He will still willingly go into his crate to eat or grab a toy but to be honest, supervising him at all times isn't very practical...
For example, when I want to go in the shower, I put him in his crate with his Kong, close the door and leave... Give it ten seconds and he's screaming again :o(
But if I don't put him in his crate and leave the room, he is fine... Doesn't make a sound...
Has anyone got any tips for me? I truly feel like all the effort I put in to crate training is ruined when all of a sudden I have to lock him in there until I have tidied up, showered or gone to the shop.
Through the night I have moved him in to my room as this seems to appease him and to be honest, I love having puppy cuddles through the night Rocky used to sleep in my bed, then he passed away and for some strange reason Dexter hates lying on the sofa and bed lol...
Sorry for the long post, I'm trying to give as much information as possible
Thanks, in advance
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