Has anyone on here successfully crate trained their dog? If so hit me up. We’re having whining/crying issues
Yes, anyone who has crate trained correctly has had success. :D
First, how did you introduce your dog to it’s crate? Be sure to make your dog’s crate a positive thing. Don’t put the dog in the crate to punish him or anything like that because then he’s never going to want to go into his crate because he will associate the crate with negative feelings. I usually throw a treat or toy into the crate and let my dogs go into the crate on their own. When they go into the crate, I praise them. There are other methods, including lots of different “crate games” that make crate training so much easier. But I wasn’t aware of crate games when I was introducing my dogs to their crates. It was shortly after I had already started crating that a friend on Tumblr told me about crate games. You can search for “how to introduce a puppy to a crate,” or “crate games,” on YouTube to see visual demonstrations.
When my adult dog was introduced to a crate, she handled it very well. No whining at all, though she hates her crate. When I brought a puppy into the household, crate training was a lot different. Helo whined and whined so much that I was nearly ripping my hair out just trying to blog about how awful he was being! It was really that bad! But, I knew what I had to do. When your puppy is whining relentlessly in it’s crate, ignore it. If the puppy doesn’t stop whining despite you ignoring it, then get up and leave the room. I had to do this several times before Helo realized that whining resulted in NO ATTENTION AT ALL. Occasionally I also covered his crate with a blanket, but be careful doing this because some puppies will pull their blanket into the crate and try to chew it up.
After a couple of weeks of nonstop whining, Helo eventually gave in. Now he loves his crate and lays in it willingly with the door open. His crate is a safe place, not a place for punishment.
Even though the whining can get extremely annoying, DO NOT yell at the dog, hit the dog’s crate, or let the dog out of the crate to make it stop whining. None of these methods will solve the problem, and in fact, they will only prolong the whining! So do not, under any circumstance, do any of those things while you’re dog is whining in it’s crate. The BIGGEST mistake people often make is let the dog out of the crate to make it stop whining, and this is usually why it takes longer to get a puppy used to their crate. If you let the puppy out while he’s whining in his crate, you are rewarding him for whining and therefore he will learn that whining = being let out of the crate, and is likely to whine next time you put him in his crate.