Hi, I am a new member in this forum. We have a seven week old Lab/Collie mix pup, and it's been a week since we've had her. She's a cute little thing with a tremendous amount of energy. We've been trying to crate train her but it's not as easy as we thought. We bought a play pen for her and put an open crate in it with some toys and towels in it. We feed her in the crate and she also sleeps in the pen, seldom in the crate though (she sleeps in the crate sometimes at night, but never during the day). The problem is when she is awake she doesn't like to be in the pen. She wants to be out playing with our four and a half year old Shiba Inu. If we ignore her, she howls and whines and tries to climb on the pen. She is not housetrained yet, so we can't let her play ALL the time without watching her. We don't want her to become a whiny dog, so we let her out before she even starts whining. Is that where we are wrong? Should we ignore her? She does this at night too and we've been having sleepless nights for the past one week. Help!!