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Is This Cruel And Unusual Punishment?

2407 Views 22 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  doxiemommy
So I just brought Siri home on Saturday. She's an 8 week old Pom.

Training her has been ridiculous, but obviously it's way early so I'm not worried too much about that. That issue is she just has too much energy to focus, in case someone had tips about that.

My real question: The lesson I'm trying to teach is you won't die if you have to be in your crate for an extended period of time. She doesn't have a problem with her actual crate, as she doesn't mind being in it. So right now I have her in her crate, where I've kept her since about 11am. (It's 3pm now). I don't have it quartered off so she has a lot of space. I put her puppy pad in there, along with food and water and toys. She'll be good for a little while and then get up and start whining and doing this ridiculous sound that sounds like a baby mixed with a cat crying and then eventually go to sleep. I'm in the room with her (so I know she's not injured or anything) but I'm ignoring her so hopefully she will learn that her crying won't get her out, especially if I'm not home.

Is that mean?

PS I have one of those little mesh exercise pens on it's way, so that's really where she'll be on the long days.
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A little more detail - It sounds like she is OK in the crate. Time how long she stays before crying, then 10 -15 min. before she cries, take her out, let her go potty, and then play with her for 30 min.

If she whines before you can take her out, then take her out to go potty. If she has to pee, then she will pee within 30 seconds of going into the yard. If she has to poop, she may sniff all over, so put her on leash and stand in one spot for 5 min. Then take her back in and put her back into the crate. Clearly, you'll have to modify this suggestion to make sure you take her out about every 2 hours or so.

And, I'm not sure if it was clear, but do not put the pad into the crate. Part of potty training is that the pup learns to whine when she wants to go out.
As as guideline, Not a rule... attempt to give her attention or to pick her up, before she whines, and attempt to ignore her when she is whining. This is really hard to do in practice, b/c lots of times, the whine is informational - gotta go to the bathroom, hungry, itchy, lonely, and so on.

My 11 yo still whines... but he does it when he needs to go out, when I've waited too long to feed him, or when his ears itch b/c of a yeast infection, and so on. He will pester me for attention, but he doesn't whine for that. So, I know that when he whines, he needs something at that moment.... and I can ignore him otherwise :) ... yeah, right!
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