So my 5 mo is still not well crate trained, granted we did not focus on it in the early weeks as much as we should have, because Someone is home basically all the time with eyes on him. He sleeps with us as well.
Regardless, we have been trying consistently for the last several weeks to crate train when we do have to leave him alone, putting a Kong or long term chew and toys in there. We only leave 10-20mins at most right now.
The Kong is the only thing that keeps him quiet for the most part, we do not return to let him out of the crate until he stops crying so he does not think crying will get him let out.
Anyways... he’s had stomach issues causing consistently loose stool and for a day blood in his stool, we’ve ruled out everything down to him probably having a really sensitive stomach so the vet said no treats other than kibble, and to stop putting yogurt in his food. Well the kibble yogurt mix is what I always put in his Kong so now I don’t know what to do to soothe him and distract him in his crate😞 he doesn’t care about toys while in his crate. We have tried covering with a blanket and playing nice music, he still wails when I leave pretty much the whole time (I have a pet cam to keep track of him)
Any one have any idea what I can do for this ? 😭
>> welcome to DT, and your boy sounds very-very normal to me.
- some Dobe pups, will never like a crate // there I said it
and we fine, with it
- we've had 3 pups since 1977, and the last 2 was completely trained at 4.5 months young...to be safe, home alone
- like your family, our pups sleep in the Master bed...and so they are supervisor'ed 24/7, for the most part
Our girls are babied & spoiled and talked with very much, so crate isolation is more like jail time.
- our 2nd girl, would cry non stop for 1.5 hours straight, until adult son came back from school
- she only stop crying if she was planning a crate escape / and one day she unlocked the cage door
- she was only 4.5 months young, and nothing destroyed
- next day when son went to HS, he left her on the expensive leather recliner
- came back 1.5 hours later, and all OK
- so she was given the freedoms early & never disappointed us
Last puppy was ""hell on wheels" prey drive, and I doubted my beginners luck.
- but we trained her the same exact way, and each toy had a Love name
- and with each toy, came rules & responsibility
- hard toys are for destroying
- soft stuffy toys, are for holding & soft bite...forbidden, is ripping out cotton balls
- the side effect of this training, from week1...couch blankets, pillows, oak coffee table legs are adult things...and treated with respect
- at 10 weeks old, Kelly was trained to help mom unload the cloth dryer
- she got to mouth one of dads socks or a pair of undies...and return to bedroom dressers, with mom
- so early on, she learned her toy, and mom & dad stuff
- now she loves to great mom, returning from office...holding her slipper, its so cute
^^ And the pup was tested at 4.5 months old, just like the last one.
- I come home, to a happy pup...and nothing wrecked
- her dog bed was a new leather sectional, and left alone with the TV on
- no crate setup, no baby gates, etc.
As far as soft stool problems, Kelly was plagued with this off & on for 6 years.
- she was on expensive kibble, but the meat protein was too high
- look for a 24% max. protein...trust me
- Kelly has perfect stools now, and her Liver is no longer over-taxed
- plus mom home cooks to, a Low Fat / High Carb diet
// we spent a $1,000 to find this KSF
(white fish or salmon / corn flakes / sweet potato / hamburger / frozen veggies / white rice / spinach or kale / etc. >> week supply, cooked in a crock pot
- never use Science Diet crap (Kelly throws up on it) / look for vet Royal Canine instead (she on Lot Fat Gastro-Intestinal)
- puppies always eat, +50% than adult weight guide-line feeding chart
Plus I do all my training without treats, I tried Kelly a few times at a reno. job site to go into a crate, she was not interested in a treat. Soon she was yelling & crying, until the grate door was opened.
- so I felt, screw that // crate rejection isn't something to stress over, just work around it
- I can train a pup to respect human belongings...and it was easy, with a watchful eye