Even if you don't need to crate him for 4 days, I would go ahead and put him in there for a few hours each day with a treat, just so he becomes accustomed to it and make it a positive experience for him. Dogs love schedules and if he doesn't know if he has to go to the crate or not, it will be confusing to him.
I feed my dogs in their crates (with the door open) and each time I ask them to go to their crate, they receive a treat. Think of the crate as their shelter, they love it because it's their secure area.
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I am EXTREMELY happy to report that he went into his crate this morning and I placed him up in my room with me when I went to bed. He scratched for about a minute, but never barked or whined! I let him out 2 times while I was "sleeping" and he went back in no problem! I was actually able to get good sleep and I feel like we turned a corner. I just hope you wasn't worn out from all the barking yesterday and that is why he did so well today. I won't have to crate him for another 4 days because of our schedules, so I will let yall know if he continues to do well! Thanks for all the help and suggestions!
Crating can be a difficult experience, and can be upsetting (generally more for the owners). What we do with all our dogs/puppies, is we crate them in a "high function area" (living room where we watch t.v.; the kitchen at our old house; etc). We crate them for various periods during the day if we are home, so that if they start causing a fuss, we can correct that behaviour.
If they start causing a fuss, we give them our quiet command (and make a noise, to interrupt their barking). When they are quiet, we praise them "good quiet". They start to learn that crating isn't a bad thing. Have you tried covering the crate with a light sheet (make it an old one so if the dog decides to eat it, you aren't upset). Put a toy in with him, something that he can't destroy. Also make the crate a positive thing, by put him in the crate (throw a yummy treat in there with him), You can even just work on putting him in the crate with a command and give him a treat as he goes in the crate. I wouldn't put water in there with him until you know he is crate trained, and not libel to have an accident. Have you tried leaving the radio/t.v. on quietly while he is in the crate?
If non of that works, you can use a spray bottle with water, and spray the crate, and give your quiet command. It does take a bit of a tough heart, but you will be able to crate him, and he will learn to love his crate.
Our dogs all love their crates, and are sad when we collapse them down (because we finally trust them to not destroy our stuff). We currently have 3 dogs, and 1 crate set up, and typically there is at least 1 dog in the crate (without the door shut) we just leave the door open, and they can go in and out as they please. It's more only up now because when we have company we pen the dogs up - however Brinx can open up the pen and let himself out, so we crate him.
My dogs love to snuggle with me. They would sleep with me all day long. My Marley has slept all night from the time I got her at 8 weeks. When I got my second dog from the rescue, the first night I didn't know how things would go so I put him in a crate on my bed next to my pillow. That way he couldn't get off and wander through the house. After a few days I got to know him better and I just put his dog bed on my bed. He still sleeps in his bed that way now. Oh and I can walk my dogs for miles and they still come home and still plenty of energy. Lorraine,
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I have been/plan on walking him 2.5 miles at least 5 times a week. He is actually a little out of shape and is really tired after we do that! Then when we are done with that, he plays in the dog park for about a half hour.
After about 4 hours of me sleeping I get up to take him outside, so I don't know what more I can do! We don't know how old he was since he was abandoned, but we have an appointment at the Vet on Tues so hopefully we can find out approx. how old he is. I don't think he is a puppy, but I don't think he is extremely old either.
My boyfriend works day shift, so there is almost always someone in the house with this dog. I don't think he is lonely because he gets tons of attention from us! The most he is ever alone is 2 hours that our shifts overlap and only 2 days of the week. This dog is actually very mild mannered and loves to cuddle, I wouldn't consider him a hyper dog at all. The only time he gets hyper is when one of us comes home after he has been alone for a few hours.
I just wanted to say thank you to the people that have tried to help so far!
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I went and looked at your dog picture. I see you have a high energy dog. I go and exercise 2 Border Collies Mon-Fri. I go up in the middle of the afternoon, and throw the ball etc. so they can get their exercise. Can you hire someone to do that? That way your dog gets out and about. How old is your dog? If it is a pup, then that can be part of the problem. Plus the dog being in a new house. I don't mean for this to be mean spirited, but since you work nights maybe an older dog, and one that isn't hyper, would have been better suited for you. Let us know how it goes!
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I have a crate and did put it in my room one day, but he scratched and barked and I gave in. I guess I just don't know how long I need to let him go at it before I give up, but I need to get sleep at some point as well. I only got 3 1/2 hours of sleep today before my 12 hour shift because he barked 5 hours straight!
I thought I was being nice by putting him in the kitchen instead of his crate so he would have more room to run/play. I think I'm going to try and use his crate today and see where we get with that, but I need some sleep because I work another 12 hours tonight!
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I just got a new dog a week ago and we are both still adjusting to each other. I work night shift and my dog is used to sleeping all night. So this is where the problem comes in. Since he is awake and active all day I don't want him running around the house until I know he is completely potty trained and trustworthy!
I placed him in the kitchen today with all his toys, bed, and food/water. Then I placed a baby gate so he couldn't get out. He proceeded to bark for the next 5 hours STRAIGHT and I was so frustrated since I was having a hard time sleeping that I let him out for the next 3 hours so I could actually get a little rest.
Any ideas on why he never stopped barking that entire time? Also, any suggestions I could try to make this easier on both of us?
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