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Hi all
Just welcomed an eight (now nine) week old miniature dachshund puppy to the house. I’ve read plenty about crate training and know it’s important. I’m currently working from home due to the pandemic and whatnot but will be going back to the office again sometime in the medium future.
Anyway, Paisley (the pup) is tiny, even my miniature daxy standards. She’s been sleeping at night in the fabric pet carrier we brought her home from the breeders in and that’s been working okay, she’s mostly sleeping though the night already. However, I know it’s not a permanent solution.
We have a crate and have been popping the carrier into that in the morning. Paisley does nap on the front lip of the carrier in the crate with the door open, but we tried closing the crate yesterday and she became so upset she wouldn’t go near the crate again all day. We now plan to take the crate training real slowly, couple minutes at a time to get her used to it.
The question I have is: how do I take the crate training slowly during the day, but get her to sleep in the crate all night? Seems counter intuitive to build her confidence in the crate inch by inch during the day but then force her into the crate at night.
Or do we keep using the carrier at night time? Will this set her training back?
 
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