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Is This Cruel And Unusual Punishment?

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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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1. 8 weeks pup is still a baby, you just took her in to a place where she never been to..so needy, scared, whines, etc are normal.
2. Crate training 4 - 5 hours = big mistake ( I learned from mine :( ). Just like everyone has said, crate is a place where a dog needs to feel safe and relaxed. By doing this, only going to make your pup feel like in a prison, thus once she's out she would never go back in again.
3. Potty training is different than crate training. Learn what's your goal and do schedule; meal --potty -- play --potty -- crate (nap time) -- potty, repeat.
4. When you are home and can't supervise her, thus you put her in the crate, try turn the tv a little bit loud. I did this, for some reasons I thought he would felt less lonely/scared by hearing people voice from tv..and frankly it worked for me. If he would still whine a little bit, then I clap my hands just to starled him.
5. At night time, I gave mine a treat once he is in his room (his crate)..until he is sure that his room is safe, then I stop his treats. At first he would whines, but that only last like 10 minute tops.
6. Throw in some toys inside the crate.
7. Be patience :D
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