|Barked: Sun Jul 20, '08 3:07pm PST |
|I read a section of It's Me or the Dog by Victoria Stillwell and followed the instructions of putting treats in there and praising her when she went in and out. I fed her her afternoon meal in there with the door open and she went in, ate her lunch, then laid down and took a nap in there. I haven't tried shutting the door yet. We'll have to work on that some.
Another question. I read that I am not supposed to keep her in longer than 3 hours without a potty break, which I already figured would be the case right now since she is still young and has a little bladder. What if it is time for her to go out and she is crying in the crate? Should I just wait until she stops before I take her out? What if she doesn't stop for a long time or the timing is off - it is time to have a potty break but she is crying. If I let her out for a potty break while she is crying I end up reinforcing the crying. What do I do then?
I just want to emphasize that I knew the puppy was too young and I asked the lady if we could pick her up in a couple of more weeks at least. She said that she had another person wanting this puppy that came to her after we did and if we didn't take her she was going to give her to the other person. She'd already given some away. So, we went ahead and took her. I knew it would be an extra challenge, especially with bite inhibition, but I didn't know that crate training would be any more of a problem. She's doing pretty well with potty training, but I'm not expecting miracles at this age.
We have other dogs that we have had since they were puppies and in the crate or at night they would cry some, but soon got tired and went to sleep. They didn't cry as much as Gretchen did, so I didn't have this dilemma. I've never had a newborn human in my care so I can't really relate to that. ;-) , just other puppies.
Edited by author Sun Jul 20, '08 3:18pm PST
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