I know it's VERY early.  We got Lucy yesterday morning.  She's an 8 week old Labradoodle.  We want to crate train her.  We have the kitchen gated off, a play-yard area in the kitchen, and a crate for her in the play-yard.  We also have a crate for her to sleep in in our bedroom.  

We introduced her to her kitchen crate gently and she seemed just fine... neutral to it.  We didn't leave the house at all yesterday but we did try shutting the door.  She barked a lot.  She'd quiet down for a few minutes here and there and we'd let her out when she was quiet.  She didn't like being just in the play-yard either.  Oh and then when we do take her out of her crate, she falls asleep anywhere else, so I know she was tired!

She did do well at night in her crate in our room.  She'd whine a little but quieted right down.  We took her out at 3am and she didn't actually do anything, and then again at 7.

So today we did need to leave the house for 2 hours.  It was NO more than 2 hours.  We put her in the kitchen crate and when we got home she had peed in it.  We had taken her out before putting her in there and everything.

I know that things don't happen overnight, but shouldn't she be able to handle an hour or two in the crate without an accident?  We can stay home a lot, and I understand that with a puppy this is important, but we can't stay home 100% of the time!

We homeschool so the kids and I are home during the day so we are available all the time to take her out as much as possible.  And we can take breaks any time and as often as we need.  But we will also need time to do our work and it would be super if Lucy wouldn't be barking!  I'd love to get to the point where she's resting quietly in her crate or play-yard.

Please help!

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  • To the matter of her peeing in her crate, is there a divider in it? It will definitely get better in time I promise! The barking is just her being alone for the first time, she is use to having a lot of commotion around her.  You really just have to ignore it if all her other needs are met!

  • The first few days are an adjustment period for you both- Charlie had whining fits in his crate for about the first three days. Do make sure the space is the right size for a young puppy- you may need to make it smaller. Follow the guideline of room to stand up, lay down, and to turn around. 

    My practice at night was if he didn't wake me up, I didn't wake him up to go outside.

  • We just brought our pup home 12 hours ago and she is not liking the crate too well either. 

    We do not have room in the kitchen so it is in the living room where all the action is. I am wondering if we should move it to the spare bedroom where it is quieter.

    She was  in a large free standing pen inside the breeders house, so maybe the smaller crate is bothering her as well. 

    Right now she is sleeping like a baby in there... We'll see!

    Good luck and if you are like me, I am hoping it gets better each day!

  • Julie is right, it does get better.  Remember Lucy has been with her litter mates and suddenly she is in a crate alone, that is why she settles down and sleeps when she is with you...your family is now hers and she wants to be with you.  There is a stuffed puppy that many people buy and swear by that you may want to look into, snuggle puppy I think it is called and it makes the pup think they are with their litter mates, you may want to give that  a try.

  • She will learn to love her crate so just give it more time.  I swear by the Snuggle Puppy.  Dougie loved to sleep with it in his crate and we never had any problems.  I also have to add that the breeder had already started to crate train him so that also helped.  Keep up the good work and it will eventually become her "safe place".

    • Thanks - I will look into the snuggle puppy for sure!

      So.... just keep her in there while she barks like crazy?  Or should we be consistent in doing some sort of corrections with her?  (just like saying QUIET, or making a startling noise)...

      Oh, also we feed her in her crate.  It's something I read to do to help her to know that good things happen in there.  But all she does is take a bite and then bark.  So she's not eating much :(  Should we maybe not feed her in there, or keep being consistent?

      Thanks again!

  • Our dog likes to have her crate where all the action is- it's between the family room and kitchen and faces the front door. This way she can see what's going on. Your pup will grow to like her crate (probably!). Our trainer said to firmly say "quiet" to Cocoa when she barked in her crate- if she senses sympathy, she'll keep barking!

    Did your breeder crate her at all before you brought her home? If not, that's a big transition to go from mom and other puppies to a crate- it will take time for her to feel safe with her new "pack".
  • It's been several years, but I always exercised Shelby with intense play for 10-15 minutes and then took her outside to potty before crating her. By the time she got to the crate she was exhausted. When we went out to potty... She got no attention (play, pets, etc.) until she pottied... Then we would play for a few minutes before coming back in.
    Make a routine for crate time.... Shelby always got a biscuit and her kong (with a little peanut butter in it) when I crated her to leave the house. It does get easier.... If it is a full size crate... Do you have a divider to keep her living compartment small (enough space to stand up, turn around and lay down? If there is too much extra space, she will potty in the crate.
    Good luck... It does get easier... but exercise before putting her in the crate will help.... You just need to train yourself to plan accordingly!
  • You 'got it' with "I know it's VERY early."  Most pups whine in the crate initially.  It's not that she doesn't like her crate specifically as much as doesn't like confinement and separation.  She just has to get used to it.  I was so determined NOT to respond to whining that I remember one morning before 8 AM...on a Sunday I had Rosco in his puppy crate while I decided to wash the floors.  He whined and cried like he was being tortured.  My roommate popped out of her room, groggy and annoyed and asked "Can't you make him stop?"  I replied, nonchalantly "Not really".  Super insensitive of me, but I was one track minded on not responding to whining that I totally spaced out that perhaps THAT was not the time to teach this lesson.  LOL

    You can respond with a loud "QUIET" and giving his crate a little earthquake to break his whining for a moment. 

  • Quincy used to sit outside the shower waiting for me (actually he still does) but back then as soon as the doors steamed up and he could not see me, he would start to cry.  Your pup, too,  will grow up!  

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