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Thread: My Puppy Keeps Crying Inside the Crate ;(

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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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    It's what pups do. Ours used to cry when we first got her, as she would sleep in the bathroom and wanted to be with us.

    It's a matter of teaching her that this is how things work. If you let her out when she cries, she will learn that if she wants to be with you all she needs to do is cry and she gets what she wants. You'll need to stick with it for a few days (or a couple of weeks, depending on your pup) until she gets used to it. Have a fun routine before you put her in, maybe a ball through or a play so that she gets a bit tired.

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    try a competing response technique. Pups cant cry when they are eating.
    a big juicy marrow bone should do the trick!
    lots of praise for shutting up.
    Ear plugs work well, especially at night with new doggie friends.
    Dont give in, the pup will learn real fast. Remember, You are training the pup, try not to let the pup train you.

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    Hi Raiden, You have bought one of the hardest breeds of puppies to do crate training with possible, Alaskans will howl for little or no reason at all, far more so than most breeds, you will need to have lots of patience to get her used to the crate but far better to persevere than to give up now, they are also wanderers if they can escape from a yard they will, the nature of the Wolf/working dog is too strong in them for them to be an easy pet.

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    ive just read up about this breed, after the last more insightful post, er, yep, you have your work cut out!
    good luck

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    I can't offer much more, but try a radio or a ticking clock wrapped in a towel or something. Just remember it works best if you're weaning a foal.

    But hang in there and don't worry teenagers do it too, Peg whined her first few nights at home.

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    I have a similar problem i think, i have 2 4 month old puppies who are behind in their vaccinations so they are pretty much house dogs at the moment. We have a massive pen outside until we build proper fences, the pen is huge, has a closed wall, half a closed roof, very suitable. However we have tryed putting the pups out in the pen and they just cry and bark and bark. We started off we just 20 mins at a time and then increased it every day. However they constantly barked, non stop, when it rained they just sat at the gate getting wet and barking. We have had to stop putting them in their because of the neighbours and is it going to do them any harm if they are barking non stop for 3 hours??
    Its a tricky situation so i understand how hard it is......unfortunatly i cant offer any advice as im in a similar situation
    We have tryed playing with them in their, feeding them in their etc so its not thought of as a punishment.................
    i hope someone can help us both

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