(Colorado Springs Co)
I just got a new min doxie puppy on 5-2. She is 9 weeks old. I am working on crate training.
She seems to do fine at night in her crate but during the day she hates being in there. I give her toys and everything to play with. I have to leave her there while I am at work and then I come home on my lunch break to feed, play and let her out to go potty. Then she has to go back in her crate.
I live in an apartment. I have talked to neighbors and they said they can hear her off an on all day crying. I know is has to get used to it, but how long does this take? I just feel really bad for her. I know she is not used to being by herself but I don't want to upset my neighbors.
I have tried a ticking clock, warm blanket and towels. I have given her a kong filled with goodies. I have even put one of my t-shirts in there that I had worn to get my scent on it. I just don't know what else to do.
I don't want her to end up hating it there. Please help!!!!!
Well, the good news is your little girl is actually doing very well! To be clean in her crate at night, and during the day while you're at work, at only 9 weeks old - she's a clever little girl.
Of course, she won't like being by herself, that's understandable, but it's something that she will need to learn to accept, and it sounds as though she is on the way to doing just that.
Your neighbors say they hear her 'crying on and off', that's pretty good. Some pups literally howl, whine and cry non-stop for several days! You're doing everything right with the toys, T-shirt etc., they are probably all helping.
If you check out my Dog Separation Anxiety page you'll find some DVD's and CD's that may be useful. You can also just leave the TV or radio on so that she feels less alone, or maybe even record your own voice talking to her and leave it playing for her.
Don't worry, she will get used to this and stop crying pretty soon. The fact that you come home at lunch time is very helpful for her. She's too young to be left all day and that may cause behavior problems, but as it is I think you're on the right track.
Best of luck with her!
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