Crate training

  • Crate training

     Ben updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Patricia

    Member
    January 16, 2022 at 9:38 PM

    Hello!

    My Malinois puppy is 14 weeks old and she has been sleeping in her crate since day one either just at night or nap times too. However, today she wailed for an hour in her crate and worked herself up. We do not let her out when she’s doing that but might sit near her which allows her to calm down and potentially sleep. Me and my mom (who lives with us) both work from home so someone is usually always here. I’m worried we may be creating some separation anxiety. I also wonder how often to keep her in the crate during the day even though I’m working at home. It’s been a long time since I had a puppy to raise and a Malinois is def unlike any other dog I’ve had before.

  • Ed (RoninDog)

    Member
    January 17, 2022 at 7:59 AM

    I would start with leaving the house for a few minutes and build it up in a random fashion — sometimes quick, sometimes longer. When in the crate no looking in the crate direction if he/she is protesting or if it will lead to protesting. Frozen bananas are your friend!

  • Takoda

    Member
    January 17, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    I would put her in the crate say 3 times a day for an hour or so, especially after a walk. This will let her know that she must go into her crate at times. Slice the banana down the middle.

  • Ben

    Member
    January 28, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    I would usually keep my GSD in the crate for 2-3 hours at a time at that age. Really just for as long as he could go w/o going to the bathroom on himself. When she gets worked up, what about giving her something to chew on? I would wait for my pup to get calm for just one second then reward w/ a frozen wet towel, pig ear, stuffed kong, anything that could occupy him for a bit.

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