Crates are not just for sleeping. Mine are always crated when riding in my vehicle because it is so much safer w/ air bags, etc, being standard now especially.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
Sounds familiar. We are using a kennel, or cage though. We have a traditional "crate" which is a plastic hut with front door that we used for traveling in the car with a previous puppy. Our puppy goes into her kennel by herself and sleeps deeply when in it, snoring, in between visits outside. We take that as an endorsement. She feels safe in there.
I just got my black lab pup who will turn 9 weeks tomorrow. She seems to have a severe case of separation anxiety and wants to be at my feet all the time. I just started getting her use to her crate since she hated it when she first came home. I have her barricaded in the mudroom with her crate and door open. She goes in her crate to sleep while door is open. As soon as I leave the room she screams at the top of her lungs and when it is bedtime same thing, screams for at least 1/2 hour. I have been ignoring her screams and only pick her up or pet when she stops and is quiet. Any suggestions? Will she ever stop screaming?
to be honest I never had that problem but you're asking for suggestions; where are you at bedtime? when Rocky first came home I put the crate in the living room and I slept on the couch for the first month. you have to get up every three hrs.anyway and I liked the idea of knowing what was going on. also, try using the same words at bedtime (day or night)
I use "sleepy time". make sure she has a toy and/or blanket to snuggle with. soon she'll trade that for going to play with the neighbor dog all by herself!
I have been sleeping on the couch as well and taking her out every 2 to 3 hours. I guess I need some patience since she has only been with me 4 days! I never had a problem with my other labs as pups and its difficult to ignore her crying but I'm determined to do so. Everything I'm reading said it is important to let her scream. At least she is sleeping in her crate when she naps and I'm going to try and put one of shirts inside with her. I'm also trying to be consistent with bedtime and wakeup time and giving her plenty of exercise throughout the day. At that age it doesn't take too much to pucker them out!
Please if you're new to crates look around or ask, there's good tips that have been posted; one I did when it was first posted was to zip-tie all corners so that they stay closed,
it's possible from just moving it around to come undone.
also, my stupid thing was to get lazy and only hook the top latch of the door, it's thrilling to return from a 20 minute run to the store and find your puppy with his head stuck from pushing on the bottom of the door.
That is so scary. I have used crates before and all my past dogs loved them and never had a problem. I do think with this pup I need to tie wrap the corners since she is a fiery one. At least last night was a peaceful one but the gate still remains open! Today we start closing the gate for short periods and see what happens. She does love to take her naps and sleep in the crate so I think its time to try closing the door. Thank you for your tip.
pro crate here.
Better if you start training him sooner than later.