17th November 2010, 11:23 PM
I am still in the process of crate training my little girl, Coco. We brought her home at 10 weeks old, and now at 15 weeks is really starting to enjoy her crate. This wasn't the case for the first two weeks, especially week one!
We have two crates, one in our bedroom, and one in our living room. The one in our bedroom always has an open door, and puppy pen around it. The pen isn't expanded all the way, but there is enough space for just a potty pad out front of the crate and that is it. This enabled us to not have to take her outside in the middle of the night because she peed on the pad instead of in the crate. Surprisingly, she only used it about 3 times and now can go all night dry. We still have it there just in case.
Downstairs is where we practice shutting her in the crate and leave her there when she is home alone. We close the door on her when she has a special bone, chewy, or a stuffed kong. She would cry a lot, and for long periods of time at first...but we ignored her. Sometimes she would go for 3 hours before giving up and konking out for a nap. We would only let her out when she was quiet. Also, when we leave her home alone, we leave a radio or the tv on for her.
Now that she is used to the routine, she likes her crate and will go in on command and runs in there if we scold her for something and her feelings get hurt. It is her little safe haven and she likes it in there now Although she will still sometimes whimper a little bit when we have to put her away for a while when we are busy, but usually just for 2 or 3 minutes and she settles.
18th November 2010, 01:46 PM
18th November 2010, 02:31 PM
Hello fellow Yorkshire Lass! Thanks for all the advice. Is it wise to use a puppy pen as well to feed Harry in and leave his crate in? I need to feed him away from the cats and so that he doesn't feel intimidated whilst the cats are around?
Yey! for another Yorkie.Where abouts are you from, if you don't mind me asking?
I have not experience with using a puppy pen but their is a good amount of advice on this thread for which ever way you wish to proceed.IMHO, I think it'd be better, whilst he's still young and allows the cats to become accustom to him, but again, I've no personal experience with using a PP, so it's jmo.
Do we have any piccies yet?