Thank you! Definitely true that I may be switching techniques too much. I have crate trained before, and it was how you described. Was never a problem. But this puppy is definitely different lol.
One of the common failures when it comes to training--any kind of training--is trying one thing and deciding after a very short period of time that it's not working, try something else...one of the places we hear about it a lot is with stoppng puppy biting--so someone gets a puppy and it bites--sure, that's how puppies play--so someone tells them to trade a toy for the part of human anatomy they are attached to and someone else says scream as if you are being hurt--someone else (like me) says, stop interacting with the puppy walk away, crate until they calm down if necessary. Any of these things will work with some puppies but you really need to pick one and try it out for several days--more often it gets tried out for several seconds or minutes. And that's what doesn't work well.
I've had him since Friday, March 24. So a week and a half.
That's not very long. And if you started sleeping with him in your bed before he learned to sleep in his crate you shot yourself in the foot for training him to sleep in the crate. Dogs are the ultimate pragmatists--if you want them to do something don't let them not do it even once--BECAUSE the way a dogs brain works is that if he got to do something once (sleep with you in your bed) and the way he got to do that was by throwing a fit and barking and crying until he got what he wanted. And it gets much harder to get him to then do what you want him to do--go to sleep in the crate and stay quietly for the night. I have friend who sleep with thier dogs--and that's fine--that's a choice but because they also (like me) show the dogs, travel with the dogs they know that the dogs, as puppies need to learn HOW to accept crating without a fuss for the sake of everyones sanity. So their puppies learn BEFORE they get bed privleges to go to bed in their crate without a fuss.
He knows "crate" as a command as well, and will go in whenever. Toys, to eat his meal, sniff around, and doesn't mind naps in there. It's just as soon as you walk away from the area, he follows, even if he was about to nap. If the door is closed and he can't follow, that's when he freaks out. At 8 weeks, if he was already sleeping he would continue OR notice you leaving but be too tired and just go back to sleep. Now, he freaks more often or won't continue his nap. Yesterday he did go into his crate to nap which was good.
Well, I'd say that he got half the message about crate training but the other part is the need to finish the training--now he needs to learn that the crate door will be shut sometimes and that even though he's not going to go with you just then, you'll come back and he'll get out but that flipping out isn't what will get him out if the door is closed. And that is now a process that will probably will take a lot longer because you'll have to work through short periods with a closed crate with you in sight to short periods with you out of sight and working up to you leaving the house with him crated for varying periods of time until he is secure enough that he doesn't freak out.
In the night he is in my bed, I admit, and that I don't have a problem with (although YES they are bony lol) as his house training is going really well and he behaves. But I'm unsure if this reverses progress.
I have to wake HIM up in the morning, so he isn't a light sleeper. But in the crate, he may be feeling anxious or something, because some noises do cause him to wake up and cry, like someone walking around his crate.
Ummm--basically you taught him that if he flps out and cries, barks or screams he'll get out of the crate and get to sleep with you.
Dogs who get to do something even once via a paricular method will forever remember that--and keep trying to train you to repeat the sequence of events that got him out of the crate and into your bed. If you don't take some steps to fade that behavior crating may always remain a problem.
The vet was the one that told my to hold off on exercise/physical activity with the ears (done Monday and they coned him, all comes off next Monday). I now realize that it's not a big deal and I'll get him out there.
Good--it really isn't a big deal--I think some of the vets are too concerned that the cup might come off--but that's a big so what too.
The breeder mentioned he was the most vocal in the litter, especially when they'd take the mom out for a pee break.
Yeah, well I've had some very vocal puppies and virtually all of them have learned that noise doesn't really result in desired outcome when it comes to me. But I confess that my youngest dog who was the most vocal in his litter and who did learn things like barking at me didn't get him his breakfast or dinner any faster has never stopped barking, howling, whining and screaming if he is in the crate (I leave him crated for a half hour after meals becuse as puppy he'd get so rowdy after eating he'd puke--every time) and the phone rings--and he keeps it up until I let him out (evidently he's sure he's got a call coming in from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm)--he really never has gotten a phone call specifically for him but I can't convince him of that. So we probably all have places where training fails.
(But thank you. I'm going to keep working at it and try to stick with a few things instead of trying everything.
Good luck--consistency is what I've found works best in all areas of training.