Hi there, my name is Cathy. Thanks for a great, informative forum.
I have a couple of 9 week old rottie x pups (litter mates, rescue girls). I've had them for about a week now and finding crate training is not going as well as expected. It is really important to get the crate training happening, for house-training, because the dogs are going to be inside/outside dogs and because we will need to resume our ordinary going in and out in a couple of weeks. I have built a sturdy puppy enclosure with a large kennel in it, so the dogs can stay outside when we are out, but I have to do this slowly as they tend to cry and howl when we are not around and they are really loud for little girls. I don't want to trigger angry neighbours, although over the years we have lived here, the other neighbours' dogs have been way noisier. I'd just hate to be one of those awful, feral doggy neighbours, lol.
We also have a three month old standard poodle pup, who is already crate trained and I crate trained our toy poodle with no real hassles (she is five now, btw).
Basically, the two pups have a shared crate, with enough room to lay out, but theoretically small enough that they don't mess. In my experience, the two poodles only mess if they have an upset tummy and make every effort to let me know they need to go to the toilet first. The five year old doesn't need crating anymore and the poodle pup has 90% of the idea of house - training in the month we have owned him.
Soooo...... why after a week, are the rottie pups still crying at night and pooping at least twice through the night?? Aghh!!! I have found putting their crate in the garage where it is dark and quiet reduces their crying - I know not to go to them when crying, but have woken to very pooey pups, bedding and crate about four times now. It's hard not to go and check them and let them out to the loo when I know they are probably going to mess in the crate. They seem to be okay with the crate - during the day, they are open and inside and all three pups use them voluntarily as beds (so does the cat, lol).
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated - I know it sounds a bit insane to have three pups, but other than the night time stuff, things are good. Had dogs all my life and I am very disciplined with it all.
Oh, and the pups are under vet care - they were checked last week and due for their next check tomorrow.I'll ask him what he thinks too. Diet has stayed the same as well, so can't think of anything from that side. Previous to us, they lived outside with their three other litter mates with access to a kennel.
They were abandoned in bushland and have had a rough start but are happy, well-adjusted pups now, that get on well with my other dogs and my kids.