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  1. New dog- concrete, crate, play questions

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I adopted a 1.5 year old golden retriever 6 days ago and now have some questions on variety of topics and would appreciate any help! Paw adjustment to concrete: My dog's previous home has a suburban house with a decent size grassy back yard on a hillside. She loves to play fetch and wonder...
  2. Crate?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I bought this crate but I’m not sure if it’s big enough. Seems kinda tight.
  3. Need help with puppy crate training

    Dog Training Forum
    Hello, I have a 5 month old Australian Shepherd and am having issues with her crate training at night. About a month ago she was sleeping fully thru the night on her own without asking to go out. She will bark if she needs to go out. But one night she peed in her kennel without asking to go out...
  4. Crate Training While At Work / What Is Acceptable?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Hi All, First time dog owner here (14 week old Pit Lab mix), with questions about crate training in general & at work. 1. Our little puppy seems to be very happy in his crate. He will go in and out of it throughout the day, lay in it, he loves it in there! During the work day, we wake up...
  5. My puppy knows "bed" but won't actually sleep there!

    Dog Training Forum
    We're trying to crate train this puppy. He learned the word "bed" just this morning. So whenever we say "bed," he goes inside his crate and then we give him snacks there. He's not really scared inside or anything. Although sometimes, when we close the door, he'd cry after five minutes. Maybe for...
  6. Help with acclimating my new rescue

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I'm a new dog owner and I just adopted a 2 year old border collie mix- she's fantastic! She's certainly made progress in the week and a half that she's been here- giving me less trouble getting her out of her crate for a walk, eating pretty much as soon as the food is in front of her- but I want...
  7. Need HELP with puppy who is suddenly pooping in her crate!

    Dog Training Forum
    I have a Maltipoo, now 4 1/2 months old. I got her (from a breeder) when she was 9 weeks, and have been crate training. I take her out faithfully every 3 to 4 hours, and she does go outside. She sleeps from around 9pm until 6am when I take her out for the first time each day. I have her...
  8. Whining In Crate When Solo

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Good Day all, As I mentioned in my introduction, I am not new to dogs, however, I am new to puppies. We got Calvin, a Bernedoodle, three days ago. He is almost 3 months old and was bred on a farm with kennels set up much like an Animal Humane Society. The breeder free fed him and his...
  9. Unsure of Crate Sizing?

    Attention All New Members
    Hello! I will be bringing home a 3 month old miniature poodle puppy in 3 weeks so I'm trying to decide what size crate to get. I'll be getting one with 2 doors and a divider but I don't know if I should get a 24" or a 30". Most online articles list Miniature Poodles in the 24" crate category...
  10. Crate training stress

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    We have an 8 week old Mini Aussie who has been with us for almost 2 weeks. We have been getting him comfortable in and around his crate, and he goes into his crate to nap on his own. I work from home and have been off with him for the last week, but am about to have days when I have to leave him...
  11. Potty Training my Boston Terrier - Am I Doing Something Wrong?

    Dog Training Forum
    We got our Boston Terrier at 8 weeks. He’s now a little over 4 months and I don’t feel like potty training is going that great, but then again, I’ve never had a puppy before. He seems to pee a lot…I talked to his vet about it at his last visit and she said to limit his water, only leaving water...
  12. My puppy cries nonstop while in his playpen or crate when I'm working

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I work at home, and I try to give my 5 month old playtimes during the day, but there are just times I need her to be in her playpen or crate so I can get some work done. If she's in my office with me, she cries and yelps nonstop. Is this just a matter of getting her used to it? Any ideas on how...
  13. New Family Member Isn't Understanding Not Barking in the Crate

    Dog Training Forum
    Little backstory... We have two puppies, an Australian Shepard (Stella) that is almost 6 months and a German Shorthaired Pointer (Bandit) that is almost 11 weeks. We got Stella at 8 weeks and we introduced her to the crate and there was maybe 4 or 5 days of crying (and barking) and then maybe...
  14. Guilty About Crate Training

    Dog Training Forum
    I have an 8 week old whippet, Winnie. I'm on about day 5 of crate training and it's taking its toll both physical and emotionally. I lose many hours of sleep which sucks, but worse is the feeling of guilt I get while my little pup is howling away in the early AM. She sounds miserable, but I've...
  15. New puppy okay with crate but now crying again?

    Attention All New Members
    Hi everyone! New to the forum, and hoping to get some advice on my new 11 week old blue heeler puppy. I got her almost 2 weeks ago, and we immediately worked on crate and quiet training during our first weekend together. After a weekend of working on it, she was okay being put in the crate...
  16. Morning timing? And...Kong for B'fast? Crate training.

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Hello, I am Roselima, and I have a new puppy who is doing great in crate at night. Sleeps quietly from 11-6:30. Began a new routine that I want today, but only a part of it. I didn't give a KONG because I have a few concerns which are found at the end of my desired routine which is: In the...
  17. Crate Training - Confusion

    General Dog Forum
    In another thread I started, most of the responders said they put the puppy in the crate the first night next to their bed and set alarm to get up a couple of times during the night to walk him -- no gradual intro to the crate like what I'd been reading. So I thought I would try the crate. The...
  18. First Nights With Puppy

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    We're about to adopt one of the foster pups we've had for 5 weeks. They're just past 9 weeks old. At night, they stay in a large pen with pee pads. We'll be crate training our dog, but the dilemma is what to do during the first nights. Just about every article or forum advice says to keep the...
  19. Sleep Cycle Issues

    Dog Training Forum
    My dog sleeps most of the day, but is awake a good part of the night whining at me from his crate. I have tried keeping him awake during the day. He has no interest in playing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have considered buying him a calming collar, since he is new to the home.
  20. Teaching a puppy to like his play pen

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I have a 4 month old puppy (Russian bolonka) and he is housetrained and stays in his crate all day while I am at work (dog walker comes 3x a day to walk him, feed him, etc.) and he also sleeps in his crate, which is in the living room. He does not seem to mind his crate at all. He whines a...
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