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|01-08-2012, 05:41 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Huntsville, AL
Crate training! Gah!
New to the forums. I have a 10 week old Yorkie puppy, Sophie, whom the vet said was very "vocal." That she is. The vet wanted me to crate train her. She HATES her crate! She barks likes she's scared and even howls. Is this normal? I don't keep her in it for very long.
Also, she is very bitey. She gets really hyper and I hold her to calm her down and she gets annoyed and bites. Am I doing the right thing? I have a 7 year old Yorkie, Gracie, and she's so gentle and sweet.
Sophie is so cute, and I absolutely ADORE her. I'm completely in love with her. The thing with this breed is they are like little people. So much personality in such little bodies.
Thanks everyone for your help!
|01-08-2012, 08:36 PM||#2|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: WA state
I am a total believer in crate training. There are great videos and instructions on crate training...so read up, but here is an essential. ALWAYS be consistent. If you show any weakness (as in..poor baby, can't stand to hear you cry), you may not be successful.
The most important thing I learned...wait for quiet (even 5 seconds) before letting out of the crate and rewarding. She will quickly learn that quiet=freedom (and reward) and howling=not yet.
The crate can be your forever friend. But you can easily confuse your pooch and ruin the crate for her.
Suzi & Dori
Vicki, Meggie, Snookie, Peach
|01-08-2012, 09:12 PM||#3|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Dec 2009
I am a firm believer in crate training also. I recommend using the crate above any method. Just like the person above me commented, consistency is key. In order to see changes you have to stay consistent. Your baby will howl and bark but as long you reward her after 5 to 10 seconds of quietness she will begin to get the picture. I think biting is such a ugly trait and I would definitely start working on that with a quick and firm "no-no" whenever she does. Biting is not ok to me. Hope this helps!
|01-08-2012, 10:33 PM||#4|
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My feeling is that crates should be a desired place for the dog to go. Not a timeout. Not a babysitter. If you're going to use a crate, the dog should be trained to feel that the crate is a safe place it likes to be.
I did this by making the crate an option in a larger playpen. I set up a 10-foot x-pen and put a crate in one corner. In the beginning, I left the door to the crate open. I hung toys on the sides of the crate. I put a blankie and toys in the crate. My dog learned that the crate was its safe place.
As for biting, it's normal. Don't panic. Just work on it. Google it. Say "Ouch" when the dog bites. Bite inhibition is probably the most important thing you can teach a pup.
Mike ~ Doting Dad to Jillie, Harper, Eddie (RIP), Lucy (RIP), Rusty (RIP) and Jack (RIP). Check us out on YouTube
|01-09-2012, 05:40 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Conway SC
Another firm believer in crate training here. Their crate is their place. Cooper travels with us all the time and it is his little piece of home that goes with him. Now he goes into at night all on his own when it is bed time. As far as your little one howling you can NOT give in. Teach her that being QUIET gets her out. It will take time but it will work. Use the crate for sleeping and while you have to leave her alone, not as a punishment. We graduated when Cooper was one year old, to only using the crate at night for sleep, he stays in a Xpen during the day while we work. It really boils down to what YOU get them used to, what becomes routine. Good Luck!