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colleenaug asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

what is easiest way tp crate train a new puppy and t get it to sleep in its crate at night.?

what is easiest way to housebreak and crate train a puppy? And to get it to sleep in crate all night minus the whining all night. I thought they were supposed to think of these things as their den?!!?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Occasionally throughout the day, drop small pieces of kibble or dog biscuits in the crate. While investigating his new crate, the pup will discover edible treasures, thereby reinforcing his positive associations with the crate. You may also feed him in the crate to create the same effect. If the dog hesitates, it often works to feed him in front of the crate, then right inside the doorway and then, finally, in the back of the crate.

    In the beginning, praise and pet your pup when he enters. Do not try to push, pull or force the puppy into the crate. At this early stage of introduction only inducive methods are suggested. Overnight exception: You may need to place your pup in his crate and shut the door upon retiring. (In most cases, the crate should be placed next to your bed overnight. If this is not possible, the crate can be placed in the kitchen, bathroom or living room.)

    You may also play this enjoyable and educational game with your pup or dog: without alerting your puppy, drop a small dog biscuit into the crate. Then call your puppy and say to him, "Where's the biscuit? It's in your room." Using only a friendly, encouraging voice, direct your pup toward his crate. When the puppy discovers the treat, give enthusiastic praise. The biscuit will automatically serve as a primary reward. Your pup should be free to leave its crate at all times during this game. Later on, your puppy's toy or ball can be substituted for the treat.

    It is advisable first to crate your pup for short periods of time while you are home with him. In fact, crate training is best accomplished while you are in the room with your dog. Getting him used to your absence from the room in which he is crated is a good first step. This prevents an association being made with the crate and your leaving him/her alone.

    A Note About Crating Puppies

    Puppies under 4 months of age have little bladder or sphincter control. Puppies under 3 months have even less. Very young puppies under 9 weeks should not be crated, as they need to eliminate very frequently (usually 8-12 times or more daily).

    Good luck and congrats!

  • 1 decade ago

    First off, don't use the crate as a form of punishment. With our dog, we kept him on a strict routine - for one month, we got up every 3 hours at night to let him out to potty. For every month that your dog is old, it can hold it's bladder. So over time, we increased the time that we would allow ours to stay in the crate at night. Keep your puppy on this routine throughout the day as well, if possible. Our puppy was housebroke in as little as one month by doing this!

    At night, place a piece of your clothing that you've worn that day in the crate with your puppy. The dog will be able to smell your scent on the clothing and will feel more secure and won't whine. We also turned on a radio very quietly but the piece of clothing was what really done the trick.

    We also rarely close the crate door and let our dog go in it whenever he wants to - that's his place. Most times there are also a couple toys and a bone in there too.

    Hope that works for you! Good luck, it can be stressful and somewhat of a burden but sticking to a routine really works. If you put forth a little more effort now, you won't have to do it as long hopefully!

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    It's not possible to train a puppy to sleep through the night, with or without a crate. Sleeping is not a learned behavior. But yeah, you do what works for you. I have found a crate to be a useful tool, but if I had a pup who didn't need it, I wouldn't use it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I crate trained my dog when he was a puppy. I think it is the best way. I wouldn't use food to lure him/her into the crate tho because they are going to expect that everytime. Show the crate to the puppy and let it explore. When it is time to sleep in it choose a word, such as, "kennel" or "crate" and show the puppy into it. The puppy should grow to like their crate. Mine would sleep in it and treat it like his little cave. Don't use the crate as punishment or anything other than it sleeping or if you have to leave it in there while you go somewhere. Make sure to praise it when it goes in. Hopefully it will get used to it. GOOD LUCK puppys are just like a child!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Housebreaking a puppy:Take it out ever so often(20-30 mins) Gently grab scruff of neck and place nose in its urine or stool then say no and slightly swat the puppy's rump preferably, the thigh(do this for inside accidents)

    Crate training:It takes time for the puppy to stop whinning.But dont give up hope. I have a five month old puppy. I know what its like.

    Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    The first few nights in his or her crate, your puppy might bark or howl and wake you up so it can go out. You will need to take him/her outside about once a night. After a couple of slightly tiring nights, your puppy should be able to sleep through the night in their crate. Don't worry usually dogs won't go in their crates, because it is where they sleep, and who wants to sleep in their own pee?! If you are worried about this happening, you might want to get a crate with an easy slide out plastic base, for easy clean-up.

  • 1 decade ago

    Depending on the age of the pup they often cannot hold their bladder all night, some may even require a middle of the night feeding as human infants do. A 2 month old pup can hold its bladder 2 hours as a rule of thumb. Less if it has been playingand drnking.

    They are whining because they are alone and cold and scared and miss mom and the littermates. A warm blanket & ticking clock can make the pup more comfortable.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a dog. Dogs do not like to soil their resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training.

    If your dog does not eliminate while she is confined, then she will need to eliminate when she is released, i.e., she eliminates when you are present to reward and praise her.

    Be sure to understand the difference between temporarily confining your dog to a crate and long term confinement when you are not home. The major purpose of confinement when your are not home is to restrict mistakes to a small protected area. The purpose of crate training is quite the opposite. Short term confinement to a crate is intended to inhibit your dog from eliminating when confined, so that she will want to eliminate when released from confinement and taken to an appropriate area. Crate training also helps teach your dog to have bladder and bowel control. Instead of going whenever she feels like it, she learns to hold it and go at convenient scheduled times.

    Crate training should not be abused, otherwise the problem will get drastically worse. The crate is not intended as a place to lock up the dog and forget her for extended periods of time. If your dog soils her crate because you left her there too long, the house training process will be set back several weeks, if not months.

    Your dog should only be confined to a crate when you are at home. Except at night, give your dog an opportunity to relieve herself every hour. Each time you let her out, put her on leash and immediately take her outside. Once outside, give her about three to five minutes to produce. If she does not eliminate within the allotted time period, simply return her to her crate. If she does perform, then immediately reward her with praise, food treats, affection, play, an extended walk and permission to run around and play in your house for a couple of hours. For young pups, after 45 minutes to an hour, take her to her toilet area again. Never give your dog free run of your home unless you know without a doubt that her bowels and bladder are empty.

    During this crate training procedure, keep a diary of when your dog eliminates. If you have her on a regular feeding schedule, she should soon adopt a corresponding elimination schedule. Once you know what time of day she usually needs to eliminate, you can begin taking her out only at those times instead of every hour. After she has eliminated, she can have free, but supervised, run of your house. About one hour before she needs to eliminate (as calculated by your diary) put her in her crate. This will prevent her from going earlier than you had planned. With your consistency and abundance of rewards and praise for eliminating outside, she will become more reliable about holding it until you take her out. Then the amount of time you confine her before her scheduled outing can be reduced, then eliminated.

    Mistakes and Accidents During Training

    If you ever find an accident in the house, just clean it up. Do not punish your dog. All this means is that you have given her unsupervised access to your house too soon. Until she can be trusted, don't give her unsupervised free run of your house. If mistakes and accidents occur, it is best to go back to the crate training. You need to more accurately predict when your dog needs to eliminate and she needs more time to develop bladder and bowel control.

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