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I take my 9 week old puppy out twice a night to pee and poop in the backyard. Generally at 1am and 4am. However, after she's done she'll be up and ready to walk around, play, and just generally not want to be in her crate. When she's sleepy or calm she settles down in her crate very well, but when she's "up" and ready to play, she doesn't like being put in there.

Of course, at those hours, after letting her do her business I obviously want to sleep. But when I put her in the crate to go back to sleep, she starts whining. I don't reward this behavior and only pay attention to her/let her out when she's quiet. Last night I solved the problem by letting her out and then scattering a little bit of kibble in her crate, and when she finished eating it and started crying, I rewarded her for quiet breaks in crying by opening the door and petting her, and shut the door and ignored her when she started to cry again. She seemed to get the idea after a while and settled down and went back to sleep.

I just wanna know what you guys have done that seemed to work. I think I'll need to train her to really love her crate but it's difficult when she doesn't like any chew toys or Kongs slathered in peanut butter that I put in there. Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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abcd1234, did you crate train your dog? I'm afraid that forcing her to stay in her crate while she whines would make her have a negative association with it; that being in the crate means she's trapped. What you're saying seems like the right thing to do but I'm just concerned that it would make her dislike her crate.
 

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I'm crate training her, keeping kongs full of treats in there so she likes going in, leading her into it when she's sleepy during the day so she knows that that's where she goes to sleep. She sleeps very peacefully in there and she likes being in the crate, which is great. I'm just worried that keeping her locked in the crate while whining at night is going to make her think crate = bad
 
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