What is your crate ritual? How does the dog end up in the crate?
I was wondering about this....I put him in...
You have to keep in mind that the whining and crying is a learned behavior. When a pup is first born and they lose the comfort and warmth of their mother, what does the pup do? Whine and cry. And for the first 14 days or so, mama dog is “wired” to retrieve the pup upon his distress signal, no matter what. The pup quickly learns that whining and crying = warmth, comfort, and food. Your pup needs to unlearn this behavior. And the simplest way to do that is to not reinforce it, extinguish it…ignore the behavior. The Kong just helps to pacify the pup when he most wants to rehearse the behavior.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.