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This is a new problem for me ... I have a Chinese Crested puppy ~ 7 months old. He's the 4th one I've owned, and I currently have two other dogs. All my dogs have been crate trained, and I've never had a problem training them. This little guy has been a different story right from the beginning.

Night training went relatively easily; he goes to bed ok, and sleeps well. But during the day, and in the morning, he SCREECHES if he's put in his crate. I know it has nothing to do with bladder control because we make sure he eliminates before he goes in, and he's always within site of the other dogs. Sometimes he can hear me upstairs (he's downstairs in the main area). Other times we leave the house and it's silent when we come back, so it's intermittent.

In the morning, he has a tantrum for anywhere up to two hours (from 7 - 9 am). I refuse to let him out while he's crying, and make sure that he's been silent for a few minutes before I go downstairs to let him out. Sometimes he'll just shut up and go back to sleep, but it's rare. During the day, he whines and screeches constantly until I'm back in the room. Again, I will wait for a break in the crying before I enter the room. I thought it was separation anxiety but why is he sleeping happily through the night?? I appreciate any help.

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At night, I put him in a few minutes before I go up to bed so he has a few minutes to get used to the idea (only about five now). Then he gets his favourite small toy and a safe bone. His crate faces that of the other dogs and they're in them as well. During the day the ritual is basically the same. He never gets put in alone (I mean the other dogs are always around) and he always has something to keep him busy.
 

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I could try using a kong during the day. I agree with not "pushing him in" as that would end up being a punishment and I've always been really cognizant of that as a problem. We work at having him walk in during the evening (putting a toy in, and his favourite bone), and most of the time he walks in on his own. About 40% of the time he simply "goes to bed" around bed time without any coaxing as if to say, "day is over, I'm tired", so he's definitely seeing the crate as a place to rest. He does it occasionally during the day as well. He doesn't mind being there if I'm in the room. The problems seem to crop up more if I leave. The BIGGEST problem is in the morning. This morning he started at about 7am. Cried for about an hour, then just went back to sleep. Doesn't seem to be a bladder issue as when I let him out he doesn't rush to eliminate. Wanders around for quite some time before he goes. I'm wondering if this is separation anxiety? I like the Kong idea during the day.
 
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