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    Default My Puppy Keeps Crying Inside the Crate ;(

    Hi guys,

    I bought Alaskan Malamute puppy (female, 3 months old) few days ago. So, I can say it's almost 1 week inside my house. At the first days, she always sleep with me, under my bed on my beanie bag.
    Now, I decided to buy crate because I have sleepless night if I sleep with her. I followed some instructions in internet, to introduce the crate to the puppy. I put blanket, her toys, soft pillow. But she keeps whining and crying inside the crate if I left her. It's really sad to hear her crying and howling.

    Please help! ;(

    Thank you

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    Can you describe EXACTLY how you introduced her to crate? Putting soft pillow, blanket and toys just isn't enough. You should do crate training over few days period, slowly and step by step, for shorter periods of time, so dog doesn't feel imprisoned inside, but starts accepting it as something good, her place to rest, sleep and relax. Of course, you should include treats and lots of praise. You can also put in your old T-shirt, slippers or something that has your scent and you don't need any longer.
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    Crate training can take a while...it took our dogs about 1 month or so to be really comfortable in that space.

    First it was introduced with doors open and was left that way until they would go in there themselves to sleep or play. We would feed them in there to make it their space and to make them comfortable.

    Not many dogs will just agree to being put in a crate and the doors closed...patience and care is needed in this process.

    Good luck

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    My little maltese x poodle (1 year) had some issues with the crate too. I got her on the weekend and immediately tried to introduce her to the crate, but she would freeze in fear when put anywhere near it.

    I tried to entice her to come closer to it with treats and cuddles but no luck.

    Today I realised she looooves wet food, so I put some in her kong, then let her play with her kong just outside the crate, which was fine. For her lunch I put more wet food in her kong and this time put it just inside the crate, and she went up to it and started pushing it and eventually ended up all the way inside the crate from pushing the kong in, perfectly happy and relaxed.

    So now I have decided that her crate is the only place she will get her kong, and also she never eats out of a bowl. I weigh her food on the morning and then use it for training her, as she's not very food driven, and also put some of it in her kong for meal times.

    I didn't close the door on her, I will just continue to give her the kong in there and when she gets to the point where she really likes the crate I will try to close the door for a few seconds while she's playing with the kong, and gradually work my way up. You can't force these things, because then the crate becomes the place where she is forced to stay against her will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie_82 View Post
    My little maltese x poodle (1 year) had some issues with the crate too.


    Sorry, Im not a crate user, so can't offer any advice, but on behalf of the forum...photos?
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    Your pup will cry, it will not like to be left alone.
    The main things to remember are
    a) to make the crate a happy place, give her her fav treats in the crate ONLY.
    b) DO NOT let her out when she is crying, she needs to know that making a noise will not get her her own way. Once she is quiet, let her out fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post


    Sorry, Im not a crate user, so can't offer any advice, but on behalf of the forum...photos?
    Me and my partner work from home, so we would only use the crate when we're out for a couple of hours at the shopping centre or at a friend's place etc. I know people who used to leave their dog in the crate all night and all day while they were at work, and that's soooo wrong.

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