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Wont stop...

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:58 pm
by Sophie Schaaf
Crying... It breaks my heart.  :'(

he won't stop crying unless i'm right next to his crate or pen

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:57 pm
by Teddy
well 2 options - use the crate or have him in your bedroom... much like a baby, if you have them in your bed they wont cry and wake you up late at night  ;) but i guess you just deal with the crying and not think much of it.... they arn't sad just a natural reaction to find there pack thats it... try not to put human emotions into it.... i never have used a crate there are plenty on here who have so maybe they can shed more info on how they delt with it

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:35 pm
by Emma
I crate trained Coco from the word go and she took to it like a duck to water.  She will now just go and put herself in her crate as she finds it a very secure and peaceful place.  

She did cry when I first did it but you just have to be tough and as Korin said take away all human emotion.

I would put a couple of little treats in the crate so she would go in and start eating them and then I would close the door and hop into bed.  She got to sleep on the couch while I was still up and then it was crate time when I used to go to bed.

If she started to cry I would tell her to lay down and if she carried on I would go up to the crate and just kneel in front of it and put my finger in at the bottom of the door and tell her to lay down.  She would often start licking my finger and then she would lay down.  I NEVER opened the door - I would then get back into bed and she would settle down.  If she started crying again a few minutes later I would say to her in a strong voice (not an angry one) to lay down and have a little sleep.  This would normally work.  I also had her close to my bed so she could hear my breathing and know I was there.  As she has gotten older I have started to move her crate further away from the bed and me.  Now she sleeps in the hallway in her crate. Eventually she will sleep in the lounge.

One thing I made sure I did though was not put her in her crate until I was ready to get into bed myself.  I would brush my teeth , lock up the house, turn off the telly etc and hope straight into bed when she did - I think this helped.

Hey at the end of the day every pup is different and has different needs so just do what you think is best and what best suits your lifestyle.

I am sure the others on here will also have some sound advice for you.
Good Luck

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:30 am
by amymac
Great advice Emma.

We have used crate training for Riley. The only times he cried are when he was in there with no people in the room. If ignored this stops pretty promptly. The crate meant we could take him out when he was very little and if it got too late he could go to bed while out - if just left to run around he gets overtired and very nippy and crabby.
We could also leave him in the crate for an hour or so to go out in the evening.

Now that he is older we leave him outside if we need to go out with the crate outside by the door. We usually come back to find him asleep in the crate or beside it - it is a sense of security for him.

I recommend ignoring the crying - if you let him out he will cry more and more because obviously this is a successful tactic. One thing I have learned is that oodles are far too bright for their own good and suss out their humans very quickly.

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:03 pm
by Sophie Schaaf
he does go to sleep after w while but when i'm gone and come home i can hear him crying from outside the front door.

we have a pen attach to the crate so he can play when we're out i think he'd soil his crate if i left him in there as when i come home he's gone on the lino (sometimes on his pad)

has anyone had success with pads? does it get easier?

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:41 pm
by doyle and mollie
we have always left a radio on when we leave doyle alone even now when he has full reign of the lounge kitchen back porch area - you could try and see if that helps also and sorry if this sounds rude but you are leaving baxter with access to food, water and a couple of toys?? and YES it does get easier as they get older BUT they do grow fast and the early puppy days are priceless. baxter is still very young - alot of people dont take pups home until they are 12 weeks

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:26 pm
by igot2spoodlesyay
one thing i have learnt is if you want a well balance dog you have to do it right from the start...

if you slip up now they arnt going to grow out of it, they are learning there lift habbits as pups.

I have 2 spoodles so i knew i was going to have to stay on top of their behaviour or they would take over...

my boys sleep in my bed so never had a crying issue, when i leave i give them a treat as a distraction so no crying...they did cry a couple of times but i just left the house so they knew it didnt work, if i gave in and went back they would know that crying works.

Re: Wont stop...

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:15 pm
by Sophie Schaaf
He has become much better over the last few days.

also and sorry if this sounds rude but you are leaving baxter with access to food, water and a couple of toys??

I leave him with water and toys but no food I give him breakfast then take it away after 10 minutes, come home for lunch and give it back to him, take it away and the same for dinner.

I have read lots of resources that you must have them eat on your schedule not whenever they feel like it.

If i am wrong I'm happy to be corrected