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  1. Go2doug

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    How to crate train my puppy

    She's currently 8 weeks old and doing very well all-around, but she really hates being in her crate. We would like her to sleep in it during the night and we'd also like the ability to leave her in the crate during the day for a couple of hours if she ever needs to be alone. But when we put her in the crate she whines and howls like crazy! Am I supposed to just let this continue until she calms down?
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  3. CaroleC

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    Is her crate a comfortable den? I would put snuggly bedding in it, cover the top and three sides with a blanket, and leave the door open so she can discover that it is a nice place to settle down in. Give her some toys and something to chew on, and maybe feed her in the crate too. She is still very young, and will learn to be content in her crate if she doesn't see it as a punishment.
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    That is good advice, and it's what I'm doing already believe it or not. Sometimes she goes into it to take a nap, but I think she's afraid that once the door is closed and she can't get out, she's stuck in there forever. :(
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    Hello @Go2doug I had to use a crate for my 2nd staffy Tyson, when I had him at first he was ok then came his bad habits trying to chew, so I brought a crate brought a nice comfy bed liner and in went an old slipper as it makes them feel close to their owner, as you have to remember you've took the place of her mother.;)
    I used to put Tyson in and lock the crate for 15mins and yes I got the crying and whimpering but when I did lose him out he was rewarded and besides saying who's been a good boy and as this was repeated I did it longer and the rewards went on and days when he was good he was left out of it but at night I always said now go in your bed and they finally get to realize and it took 6mths as he carried a very bad domineering traite in him but I couldn't have wished for a well behaved dog and is crate was open all the time and only used for sleeping in unlocked.

    It's hard but you'll get there in the end :)
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    I know; thanks. ;) She's slowly spending more and more time in the crate before she starts whimpering and yelping. She just turned nine weeks today so she's still a baby.
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    Hi @Go2doug yes when they're young they do whimper but definitely an old slipper as it's a comfy zone for her and I do recommend buying something for her to chew on while in their as they also need their minds occupied plus the teething stage.

    These are good because I always made sure my Bruno had one when I stopped the rawhide bone.

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