Crate training seems to be a common frustration on here I've noticed. Here's the situation.........Talia is a few days past 13 weeks right now..........
She had severe diarrhea one night and I did not want to wake up to a room covered in dog poop, so we kept her in the bed with us so we would wake up if she had to go potty. She slept the whole night through! She didn't get up once. She didn't have an accident in the house. We went to bed at about 11 and got up at 7. She went right outside, went potty (which was more water poop) and was happy as a clam.
First Talia is adorable, thks for posting the photo.
I also have a 13 week old baby girl right now and she sleeps in our bed, since day1...just an angel all covered up between Mom & Dad...& no accidents.
With our last dobe a dozen years ago, this 2nd pup would also pee in the crate (no where else, once potty trained...just so mad being in there) and unlocked the crate once to get out...toys and marrow bones would be ignored completely...we even feared her breaking a tooth, on the crate wire.
At 4.5 months old, she could be trusted free range in the house, when we went to work, and she was happy to rest on the couch or leather chair, till we came back 4 hours later from work or our son came back from highschool.
Current puppy #3, and the crate wasn't even set up, no baby gates or play pen either.
Hats off to those that have dobes that love their crate, mine never do and thats OK with me.
- but kind of rules out crated at Vets much, ever in vehicle or ever go to a kennel
Our Kelly even gets close to car sick, until someone holds her...than she is fine...these smart little babies, sure have a way of telling us "their wants".
- I don't mind giving my pups many previlages, when I see good results...they get a spoiled life, when house manners are communicated & achieved
(sort of a "puppy cause & effect" training relationship...and I like the way it seems to work out, quick enough - I don't like to hear my dogs, stressed out)