Crate training a puppy

We adopted a 10 week old labradoodle puppy and are trying to crate train him. So far all he does in the crate is howl and cry and bark…all night long. He didn’t let up for more than 10 mins last night. This is totally a problem for us as we have a young baby and with the dog going crazy the baby wakes up crying. What should we do? Should we just let him "cry it out"? His crate is not in our room (due to size restrictions….our room is the size of a closet…lol). Anyone have any tips? Also he hasnt gone pee or poo outside yet. We take him out regularly and he just sniffs around but won’t go. This morning when I got home from taking my hubby to work, the puppy had pooped and peed in his crate and we even made sure he only had enough room in there to lay down, but he just messed on his bed and himself. If anyone has any hints we are desperate!!!

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    12 Responses to “Crate training a puppy”

    1. pandorastwin says:

      It would be nice if everyone who bred dogs, crate trained them before they went to their new homes.
      That being said, now it’s your job. I agree with some of the posts to a certain extent. Yes you have to do it gradually. Have the puppy spend a few minutes at a time in his crate. Encourage him to sleep in the crate during nap times with the door open. DO NOT ever give the puppy treats or food in the crate. They need to know that that is where they rest or sleep.
      Do not cover the crate with a blanket. The space is small and confined and will become very hot making it uncomfortable.
      Do not leave a light on at night. Dogs are like humans and will sleep better in the dark. Just like a child, if you have a light on they they can look around and they want to be out playing.
      If you have taken the puppy outside and he has done his business, eaten for the night and is ready to sleep then put him in the crate and lock the door. If he starts crying and barking, take a piece of rolled up newspaper and smack the side of the crate telling him "NO". Never hit your dog. Do not let him out.
      After a couple of hours let him out to potty and then put him back in again. Assuming it is still nighttime. Follow the same routine. Eventually they will learn that crying and barking will not be rewarded. The newspaper works. It won’t take long if you are consistent. Good luck.

    2. golf_girl4264 says:

      I agree with the previous poster about covering the crate with a blanket. I did that when I crate trained my chihuahua and he stopped barking and went to sleep.

    3. says:

      Run to your library or bookstore … get Dr. Ian Dunbar’s "Before and After Getting Your Puppy" It’s loaded with great tips that will help you get through!

    4. Daisy says:

      Some of what I may say may help, bare with me lol.

      Okay, like a child, let the puppy sleep with you at first. Make his sleeping area very small so that he wont pee or poo where he sleeps. Most dogs although puppys are different, wont pee where they sleep. Move him farther and farther away from you. I know it may be tough but it will work.

      Next thing is like potty training a kid. after the dog has ate, one hour later take it out to pee or poo. Drinking too. It will be again tough having a baby but it will work. now having a baby you may not have patience…but you may need to let the dog out to pee and wait for a bit till it does.. when it does, praise it.
      Like a kid no food or water after a certain hour at night. No accidents at night.

      Krate, do not leave food in there at all. It should be a place to relax for the dog or nap/sleep.

      If you cant have the dog in the same room with you, put on a radio next to it or even if you are willing, a recording or you and your baby or and husband so that its around something comforting. I try to leave my radio on for my dog when we go shopping. It sometimes helps.

      Good luck

    5. Miles J says:

      Try wrapping an old style alarm clock up in a towel (the kind that ticks loudly) this will be a substitute heart beat and may comfort him. Try a stuffed animal as well. If possible take him for a half hour walk before bedtime(longer if possible) and you may have to take him out again in the night (they cant hold it too long) 1st thing in the morning take him out again for a walk. Hope this helps the walk will tire him out so he may be too pooped to howl for company. Good Luck! P.S. you have a VERY active breed and are going to need to tire him out. Have fun!! 🙂

    6. Yo LO! © says:

      Unfortunately, listening to them cry is all part of crate training. It will stop eventually, I promise! It usually takes puppies a week or 2 to accept it, but once he does, it think of it as his Den.

      Unless you know he needs to go outside, ignore his crying. If you let him out, all he’s going to learn is that he needs to cry and you will give in and let him out.

      At 10 weeks, he will need to go outside at least once during the night, if not twice. The rule of thumb to use for them holding it is # of Months, +1, so at 2 1/2 months, he’s only good for about 3 1/2 hours right now. If he cries immediately or after 1 hour, then ignore him. If it’s after 3 1/2 or 4 hours, bring him outside, then immediately put him back in his crate so he doesn’t think it’s playtime.

      If he’s not going outside, then you need to stay out there longer. Bring him out immediately when he wakes up or after he eats/drinks anything and every 2-3 hours if he’s not in his crate. Make sure he goes before putting him back in his crate.

    7. Brie says:

      the problem is that you all are just locking him up and expecting him to know what that means. You need to start out slow. Short, fun intervals in the crate, with lots of praise when he acts right. Don’t start locking him up for whole days or nights until he is happy and comfortable being in it. It will take work. Start by feeding him inside the crate, but leave the door open. Also, when playing with his toys, throw them into the crate once in awhile so that he has to go in to get them. Once he is comfortable going into it (because I’m sure he is scared of it now so you have to undo that damage first), trying getting him to go inside with a treat and then shutting the door. Give him another treat through the door, and then open it again and let him out. A little later, do this again. And again. And again. Over a period of a couple of days, gradually increase the amount of time between closing the door and giving the treat. If he begins to cry, give him a firm no! and then give him a treat when he is quiet again. Over time, you should be able to close the door and take a few steps away, then come back, give the treat, and let him out. Over a period of a couple of weeks, by increasing the amount of time you leave him in there, he should learn that he gets rewarded for being good. Also, put something in the cage to entertain him such as a squeaky toy or bone…it will help to keep him mind off of it. And for the time being while he is getting used to being in the crate, you may want to make it a little bigger so that he doesn’t feel so confined. Once he can go in and behave, then you can use the crate as a potty-training tool. Also, you may look into purchasing a book about crate-training. It can give you all kinds of neat tips. Hope this helped. Congrats on your new pup!

    8. tessalouise8 says:

      We had the sme problem with our shih-tzu.

      For the outside training, just stick with it. It’s not used to all the sights and sounds that are going on outside. It will need time to and just to being outside and not getting distracted. He will eventually go outside. Try catching him after he wakes up from a nap andjust after he eats as these are the normal times for them to go. Make sure when he does start going to give him lots of positive reinforcement like treats and praise. This will help the process.

      For the crate training, we had the same problem. for the first 2 nights we got no sleep. We left a night light on for her so that she could see we were still there. We also laid on the floor with her until she fell asleep. I know it sounds like we were babying her, but 20 minutes on the floor with her was much better than no sleep while she cried all night. Also make sure that once he’s in when you go to bed, he’s in. It will really help to keep things consistent.

      Good luck and I hope this helps!

    9. fchyenne says:

      sounds bad….with our puppy, i only let her out at night to go pee…straight outside and right back in….what i did though, was because dogs a pack animals, i slept on the couch beside her crate the first week…she liked knowing i was there…you cant let her out if you are serious about her sleeping in a crate…its like a baby…once they are in your bed, game over
      put some music on in the babies room, maybe that will drown out the howling

      on pooing and peeing- stick to a routine- get up and out for a pee- then feed her wait 5-10 minutes and take her out (i run my lab around the yard until she poos)
      then put her back in the crate while your out
      after every feeding you should exercise her-when a dog eats and runs she poops, that’s my best advice and good luck, if these tips or others don’t help, i would ask a professional

    10. TT says:

      We covered the crate with a blanket and that helped…make sure its one you don’t care about in case he pulls it in and chews it up. You could also turna radio on in the room so there’s some noise. It just takes time for them to get used to it. Don’t use the crate as punishment or you’ll never get him to like the crate.

    11. Teresa says:

      my puppy pooped in his crate once before realizing that it wasn’t a great idea. He won’t do it again because now he gets it that he can’t get away from it once he goes. As far as the barking, did you cover the crate w/ a blnket or towel? that helps them feel more secure, as well as a peice of clothing that smells like his favorit person. or dog is def. most attached to my hubby, and he sleeps with one of his shirts that wasn’t washed when we put it in there. The next thing is to get puppy used to the crate and to being left alone. put a treat in the back of the crate, so puppy has to go in there to get it, and let him get it an come out. Then put another treat in, and when he goes in for it, shut the door, but stay right there, leave him in there for a minute or 2 and praise him for being a goodboy. then let him out. next, put him in the crate with no treat, and feed him atreat through the bars saying, "good boy". then let him out. do these drills everyday until he gets comfortable with the crate, then start walking away for short times, (minutes), while he eats his treats. He’ll stop his fussing soon enough.

      Oh- and for the problem w/ him not going outside. I found that my puppy went more readily after running. you should run around the yard w/ him 10min. after he eats or drinks to make him go.