My Puppy Hates the Crate! What do I do?

My Puppy Hates the Crate!  What do I do?



My Puppy Hates the Crate! What do I do?

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My Puppy Hates the Crate!  What do I do?

I’m writing this page for all our new puppy parents, at least for the ones who are willing to give crate training a chance…  maybe for the very first time ever..

The whole point of using a crate for potty training is that a dogs natural instinct is to keep themselves clean and not to go to the bathroom where they sleep.

 I’ve also heard more then a few times…

“My puppy HATES the crate? This is much harder then I expected”!

YES, most puppies will probably hate their crate at first, your not alone in that in fact if you tell me “they slept through the night the first night without making a peep..” then THAT would be more of a unique story, but that actually does happen sometimes too..but the GOOD NEWS… it doesn’t last long and its worth the effort. SO, HANG IN THERE.

Every puppy is going to react differently to the crate along with the new environment and people.

A puppy crying in their crate can definitely be one of the saddest sounding and most challenging parts of having a new puppy. As pitiful as your pup may sound, I promise they’ll be fine and you just have to resist giving in before the “magic happens”.

Please read the rest of this post and the how to potty train your puppy in 7 days post linked below before you give up…

NEW PUPPY STEP #1 AND THE KEYS TO THEIR SUCCESS IS LIMITING THEIR FREEDOM (TO HAVE ACCIDENTS) AND GETTING THEM ON A SET FEEDING/SLEEPING/ELIMINATING SCHEDULE.

BEST OPTION… A CRATE TRAINING SCHEDULE!

READ MORE: How to Potty Train Your Puppy in 7 Days! Crate Training Schedule Examples!

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

Cream Labradoodle Puppy "Mia" in her Carry-on Crate chewing on a with Beef Gullet Stick!

  • Puppy Crying in the crate is not unique or unusual and it will pass! If you can get past the first couple days of crate training I promise, you’ll never regret it.
  • Don’t THINK “they’re not gonna like or trust me if I crate train them“! Not true.
  • DON’T PANIC! Or start to believe “OMG I picked the wrong puppy.. this PUPPY is going to be difficult the rest of their life, what have I gotten myself into. Just stop AND breathe! That thinking is absolutely false.
  • If you liked your puppy before crate training started, then you didn’t pick the wrong puppy, this is not how “they’re always going to be”. ALL Puppies go through stages of development. Some stages are more challenging then others, they’re not even going to be the same puppy at 12 wks as they were at 8 wks and definitely won’t act the same by 12 months.
  • Your Puppy will be as great as you guide, train and socialize them to be! Puppies basically have a “rough sketch or outline” of a temperament type at 8 wks and then the rest is really up to you and the life experiences you introduce them too!
  • Things will get easier. Some of my most difficult puppies have turned out to be my very best behaved and smartest adult dogs.
  • The fact you’re still even reading this..tells me you’re in it to win it!
  • There’s so much free help and training videos online about on how to raise a GREAT dog, there’s really no excuse anymore not too!
  • There’s no magical potion to get around potty training but if you can follow some simple but important guidelines… from someon whose done it many times before (yeah, me) then it can be a heck of ALOT easier and faster..
  • If the crying doesnt happen…then count your lucky stars and carry on with the training schedule.
  • INTRODUCE your puppy to the crate for the first time slowly and during the DAYTIME – not right before bed when your exhausted!
  • Give them a few chewy treats to ccupy their time like the Beef Gullet Sticks are great for this and puppies also love stuffed toys, these will both help to promote a positive association to their crate 
  • Be diligent in your training, don’t give in and don’t give up, you really do have to be consistent but if you can follow some of these simple tips…then you will BOTH succeed!

Use the tips below to get through the next night with your new puppy.

FIRST, UNDERSTANDING WHY PUPPIES CRY WHEN LEFT ALONE…

Very young puppies will cry when they’re left alone because they’re crying out for their pack.

Dogs are natural pack animals and for an 8 wk old puppy who knows nothing different then being with their litter mates 24/7 – sleeping alone is gonna be a truly new and uncomfortable experience.

Whether you’re crate training your puppy or not…being left alone for any length of time is going to be something new to them and there will be an adjustment period before anything becomes their new normal.

GOOD NEWS!  CRATE TRAINING MAKES IT SIMPLE & It doesn’t take that long...it only feels like forever at the time.. you can easily crate train your puppy in 7 days if you’re consistent.

GRADUALLY INTRODUCING PUPPY TO THE CRATE

Puppies getting used to the crate with the door open!

Puppies getting used to the crate with the door open!

If your puppy is comfortable with the door closed for even a few minutes, your on your way, now gradually increase the time your puppy is in the crate.  If your puppy doesn’t have a problem staying in the crate for several minutes while you’re sitting next to them,  now try closing the door and leaving the room for a few minutes.

Gradually building up the amount of time your puppy is alone in their crate and then alone in the room. 

Try giving them a stuffed animal, beef gullet stick, or a safe chew toy while in the crate.

Puppies Love Stuffed Animals!

Puppies Love Stuffed Animals!

When your puppy is crying in the crate it doesn’t always mean something is wrong. Just like a human toddler… crying and whining are puppies natural way to get attention from Mom. It’s just how puppies communicate.

It’s not good to give in to all your puppy‘s crying and barking, if you do he’ll quickly learn that barking & crying works to get your attention. I know it’s hard to ignore your puppy since you want them to be happy but giving in will only encourage more crying. 

MINI AUSSIEDOODLE IN A PLAY PEN

Attention is a reward just like food. If you reward the behavior, your puppy will repeat it.

You can quickly train your puppy to repeat negative behaviors just as easily as you can teach them to repeat positive behaviors... by simply rewarding them with your attention at the wrong time.

Also, don’t yell “shut up” or “be quiet”. At this point your puppy doesn’t understand those commands and will only see the yelling as just another (much louder) form of attention.

  • 🕦 How long can a puppy be in a crate? It’s roughly about 1 hour per month that a puppy can hold their pee, puppies bladders are small. During the day 2-3 hours max for a 2 month old puppy, most can go much longer at night, up to 6 hours if you’ve pulled up food 3 hours before bed time. Remember every puppy is different.

Frantic Puppies in the crate…

If you’ve met all your puppies needs.. and their still crying then their most likely crying because they want your attention. They’re not hurt or nessesarily sad. They just want out.

If your puppy is getting REALLY frantic in their crate  – then you may be moving to quickly for them and you’ll need to slow down your training and maybe even start over by re-introducing them to their crate at a slower pace using treats and a loving and reassuring voice. Increase the time in the crate a few more minutes at a time.

HEALTHY CHEW TREATS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR PUPPY IN THE CRATE

NO ONE EVER SAID RAISING A PUPPY WOULD BE EASY.. IF THEY DID, WELL, THEY LIED TO YOU..

RAISING PUPPIES WILL TAKE PATIENCE

You WILL need patience when raising a puppy, especially the first week home.. your puppy has been taken away from their littermates and all they’ve ever known for the first time and even the smallest amount of time alone my be pretty scary for them.

You’ll need patience during the teething stage when they seem to have spooky ability to find and chew up only your most prized possessions and also everything and anything they can reach with their sharp and destructive little teeth.

CRATE TRAINING A LABRADOODLE

The first week home and during crate training you’ll  need to stick it out for a few days of some over dramatic crying and whining.. but believe me it does pass quickly, even if it feels like it’s lasting forever at the time… just remember, this too shall pass and it’s all well worth it in the end.

EVENTUALLY IT ALL BECOMES A FLEETING MEMORY…YOU BARELY REMEMBER, IF AT ALL!

THE RIGHT SIZE CRATE – IS SUPER IMPORTANT!

The right size puppy crate

Having the right size crate is key to success!

A crate that’s to big will make crate training near impossible! Crate training works because a dogs natural instincts to stay clean and not eliminate where they sleep but if we give them too much room, they’ll sleep on one end & go potty on the other,  and the whole point of a crate won’t work like it’s supposed to.

If the crate you got is too big, and your puppy has made one end a bathroom… use the divider panels! They’re designed to solve this problem! If you don’t have the divider panel use a box or just buy a smaller crate. You can get them on Amazon for 20-30 bucks and they’re worth every penny.

PUPPY CRATE WITH DIVIDER

Crate Size for Our Mini Puppies: 

I recommend the 24 inch size crate for our mini puppies during crate training and into adulthood.

MIDWEST ICRATE DIMENSIONS:  24L x 18W x 19H inch crate – ideal for dogs 13 – 25 pounds.

The smallest crate I’d recommend for our mini puppies is the 22L x 13W x 16H inches icrate,  for 7 – 12 pound dogs they will most likely grow out of the 22 inch crate but it will be good for training.

Crate Size for our Medium & Standard Size Puppies: 

For our medium and standard size puppies I recommend the 30 inch iCrate during crate training and into adulthood. I recommend the 36 inch iCrate for our standard size adults.

MIDWEST I-CRATE DIMENSIONS: 30L x 21W x 24H Inche crate, ideal for puppies that will be 26 – 40 pounds – for our larger standard size puppies they may grow out of this size as adults (comfotably) but it’ll be a great size for training.

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Having the right tools for the job…

DO YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOUR NEW PUPPY NEEDS? Having the right tools for the job makes puppy training so much easier.

As the saying goes.. WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER!

MAKING SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PUPPY SETUP – IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS!

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Trying Different Techniques until something works..

Teddy - Our Aussiedoodle

Teddy – Standard Aussiedoodle

Different crate training techniques work for different puppies.

There’s no hard or fast rules that will works for EVERY PUPPY, not even siblings with similar temperaments, every puppy is unique.

CRATE TRAINING TECHNIQUES TO TRY:

  • Positive association! Only feeding them special high value treats or their whole meals in their crate!
  • Crate train during the DAY! So you’re not sleepy or easily frustrated and more likely to stick it out.
  • Try putting a cover over the crate to make it more like a den, if you’re already doing that… try taking the cover off! 
  • Turn on the TV or Radio so it’s not so quiet
  • Put the crate next to your bed so they can still hear and smell you and so you can easily tap on the top of the crate when they start whining. This can distract their minds from obsessing and before they take it to the next level of over the top full on hollywood drama queen! 😱
  • That doesn’t work? *Try putting the crate in another room altogether where they can’t hear or see you. Some puppies actually do better like this.. they’ll eventually give up on crying,  lay down and pass out because they’re not getting any feedback or reactions and some do better when they can’t hear or see you.
    *I don’t recommend trying this technique on day one of training but when nothing else seems to work.. I’ll give it a shot!
  • If they’re peeing on their fancy fluffy bed,  take the bed out and replace it with a stuffed animal to sleep with instead, you can give them back their bed once they’re older and can control their bladders longer. 👍 Puppies love stuffed animals!
  • Getting them on a set feeding and eliminating schedule is key, some puppies may last longer and some less. Get them on a set schedule so you can predict better when they gotta go. Routines also puppies feel more secure.
  • Wait for a pause in your puppies crying before letting them out or reassuring them – so they don’t assume that barking and whining works to not only get out of the crate but to get what they want from you specifically. 

DONT WORRY –  Letting them cry…won’t break their spirit or traumatize them for life.

  • These are very SMART and adaptable puppies and can definitely handle crate training. Promise. 🐾

But CAN YOU? OF COURSE YOU CAN! 👍

PUPPY STILL GOING POTTY IN THE CRATE…

If your puppy is still continuously peeing in their crate, it’s most likely because they have too much room in the crate and its not uncomfortable enough for them not too go potty in there OR they have a bed that needs to be removed OR you’re not letting them out enough.

OR their not on a set feeding schedule yet and your putting them in their crate before they’ve gone potty.

⏰ Pull up food 3 hours before bed time and make sure they’re fully empty before putting them in the crate for the night.

Crate Training Puppy -  bed or no bed?

SOME PUPPIES JUST DON’T DO WELL WITH BEDS IN THEIR CRATES, GIVE THEM SOME CHEW TOYS AND A STUFFED ANIMAL INSTEAD

When You Let Puppy Out To Go Potty – Be Boring!

⛔ When potty training and puppy is crying you always want to wait for a pause, or at least a brief break in the whinging before you take them out.

CALMLY take your puppy out of the crate, say something like “good settle in your crate Suzie, now let’s go potty outside” use their name and say the same cue words everytime in you’re normal and relaxed tone of voice.

Once they go potty outside.. then you can throw them a party of praise and get excited for them! 

But leave your high energy “praise voice” for outside or after they’ve accomplished a task like “sit”, “down” or “go potty” but you don’t need to praise them just because they slept in their crate. Remain as calm as possible in that situation. Even if you’re having a party in your head.

SO, Puppy has finally slept through the night OR stayed calm in her crate for a good amount of time,  most might assume the best thing to do would be to congratulate her for her amazing accomplishment,  swing open the crate door and shower her with your most over the top praise..because you want to let them know how proud you are!

Those intentions are good,  even logical sounding and would make perfect sense.. if your puppy was a human child… but for a puppy your over the top excitement will only encourage more excited and anxious behavior in the crate, they won’t totally understand why you’re so excited, they were just relaxed and asleep.. and now your back!? They will gladly mirror your excitement but IF you want your puppy to stay calm in the crate then you also need to stay calm.

Getting your puppy excited or anxious is exactly what you want to avoid.

Be Boring. For example when you get home after work, of course puppy is gonna be super happy to see you but don’t rush over to their crate first thing, make sure they see you take a minute, to take off your coat, put down your purse.. whatever it is you do and THEN quietly and calmly walk over to their crate, ask them to sit, praise them and without any big hooray – open the crate and take them directly outside to go potty. You can play and praise them with gusto after they’ve gone potty!

Crate time is calm time. Potty outside is party time!

THE BENIFITS OF CRATE TRAINING

There are a lot of benifits to crate training besides it just being a safe place to keep a baby puppy and the easiest and fastest way to potty train a puppy… it also teaches puppies to self soothe.👌 

Puppies who learn to stay relaxed while alone are also less likely to develop seperation anxiety as adults.

Seperation Anxiety is one of the #1 reason dogs are rehomed and one of the biggest behavior issues trainers deal with today!

I LOVE MY CRATE TRAINED DOGS!

When I have 5 barking dogs at my feet because someone just rang the door bell.. all I have to say is “Crate”! and they’ll all turn heels and run to their crates without any issues. So helpful!

My dog crate setup

My dog crate setup..

They sleep in their crates off and on all day (with the door open) because they want to, my dogs love their crates, their cubby hole, their doggy den!

I also went through the puppy crying, the sleepless nights and the same frustrations as everyone else who’s ever crate trained a puppy….more with some then others… but they all got there and I am so grateful that I put in the time to do it!

Me and my Daisy

Once they’re consistently potty trained and they’re sleeping through the night, and old enough to be in the house unsupervised… you can leave the crate door open and close it only when you need too.

Puppyhood can be a challenge but if you never give up and you’re training is consistent – the pay off is huge! You’ll end up with a well-behaved, trained and loving companion – your proud of.

Believe me it’s so worth it! Just Hang in there!

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