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Crating

Looks like our first big hurdle with Linus is going to be successfully crating him. He doesn't like his crate at all. He'll go in there sometimes to play with something but come straight back out. He likes sleeping everywhere but the crate, it appears. Everything we've read says that pups like their crate, it's a little sanctuary to them, but Linus is not that way; at least not yet. Earlier today I shut him in and he cried and tried to get out, even with me sitting calmly next to him. (Maybe he wanted to play?) So later we took him out on a good walk and played at the park with him, and tired him out, and he crashed on the kitchen floor. I scooped him up and put him in his crate and he got back out and crashed on the kitchen floor again. So I scooped him up and put him back in the crate and shut him in, and then one of us sat near the kennel where we were unseen while the other watched; and when he'd cry we'd shake a vitamin bottle at him. We even threw the bottle at the wall of the crate once or twice. He got the idea pretty quickly, that the universe doesn't want him to cry. I think if we make sure we kennel him more and more during the day like we read about (like an hour at a time, between going out to play/potty) and keep the unseen rattling going, he'll adjust pretty well.

The true test will be next weekend, when we're due at Mom's, and he'll need to be in his crate quite a lot. (And when we have to drive 3 hours with a puppy in the car!)

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rini
May. 3rd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a much better night! I'm sure you've done plenty of google searching, but when Wil and I researched crate training we thought these two were pretty good overviews: http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html and http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/our_pets_for_life_program/dog_behavior_tip_sheets/crate_training.html
rivulet
May. 3rd, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that first one is where I found the shake can idea. This morning Cory had to use it just once, and he's been in there for about an hour now, just napping. It's nice!

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