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10/9/12 9:34 P

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Please remember that she is still a baby, and needs to be out of the crate to relieve herself, to play, exercise and grow. If you need to leave her, do you have a friend or relative that can stay with her? Or do as Houndlover suggested and hire a petsitter. More than anything, at her tender age, she needs your contact, and your love.

10/1/12 9:55 P

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i put a teddy bear with an alarm clock in the crate. make it a small crate till she gets bigger.

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10/1/12 10:21 A

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I'm no expert for sure but I would try building in increments. If she is willing to go into the crate throughout the day, I would take one of those times and close the door for a 30-60 second time interval and perhaps treat her after she successfully completes the task. I would then work on building the time she can stay in the crate in one sitting. Hopefully that can help build to a quiet evening and you getting some sleep.

I wish you luck and hopefully someone else can give you some excellent advice.

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10/1/12 10:11 A

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There are a couple of things you can try. Start by having the crate right next to your bed at night. The reason is that as a baby she still needs lots of contact. This way she can see you, hear you and smell you and you can even reach in and touch her. All this will give her a good experience with the crate. Keep in mind that crate confinement is very unnatural to dogs and needs to be taught very gradually. Start with very short periods of time with closing the crate with her in it, for instance while you are feeding her a meal in there. At first, even closing the door just for a few seconds is great. Then try giving her a chew bone and closing the door for a few minutes. For at least a number of days don't leave but stay right next to her while she is in the crate. Then take baby steps to increase the time in the crate very gradually (but to no more than about 4 hours at a time. An 8-week-old puppy needs almost constant attention so I hope you don't have to leave her alone while at work. If you do find a petsitter who can stop in during them middle of the day for at least a few weeks to spend time with her and take her out.
Until your dog is completely crate-trained get a pressure gate or a dog exercise pen to fence off part of a room where she can't get in trouble while you are gone, maybe part of the kitchen and baby-proof everything, esp. power cords need unplugged.
Hope this helps, ask if there are more questions. emoticon

P.S. Dachshunds are known to be pretty vocal, they are bred for hunting badgers originally and to bark on the trail.

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10/1/12 9:24 A

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I have an 8 week old mini daschund puppy that I'm trying to crate training. Does anyone have any advice? She cries all night long and pretty much any time we put her in the crate. She will voluntarily go in and out of the crate all day long but the second we shut the door she has an absolute fit.

Help! We need to crate train her for her safety as she is too small to wonder around our home when we're not here.

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