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When ever I put my puppy in his crate, or lock him in the kicthen he cries and cries. I should just let him cry right?
 

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You need to crate train him appropriately. Shoving him in there and letting him cry it out is not good.

the best way to crate train is to expose them to the crate and let them get comfortable with it an their own pace. When we first crate trained Abby Béla and I fought over the best way to do it..he wanted to take the shove her in and close the door approach which upset her a greate deal. She must have cried for a couple hours straight that night.

I made a deal with him that if I couldn't crate train her my way that we'd use his way, he agreed and I let her out.

The next day I moved the crate to a busy room of the house (living room). I took the blankets, toys and such she had been using and put them in there. I also put the shirt I had worn the previous day in there so that she would begin to equate mommy with crate. I left the crate door open and let her explore the crate freely, sniffing, going in and out, etc for most of that day.

That night I moved the crate from the living room to the bedroom and left the door open, allowing her to fall asleep on the bed. The next day I found her sleeping in her crate when I woke up.

I moved the crate back to the living room and whenever she would go in there on her own I'd shut the door for short periods of time. The first time I closed it and opened it right away then praised her. I did this a couple times allowing her to hear and see me before I closed it and walked out of sight. She was fine and eventually the amount of time I left her increased until finally I would close her in and go outside for a bit.

That night I dragged the crate back to the bedroom and she sleep the whole night through, door closed in her crate. We kept the crate in the bedroom for many months.....more for me than her, lol. but eventually moved it to another room. Whenever we would go out we would crate her and she'd be fine. We never came home to temper tantrums or pee/poop fits, and she never again cried at going to her crate so I thik I did a good job :lol2:
 

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What is the longest period of time you think a puppy can be left in a crate? If she holds for the entire night, can she be left for the same period of time during the day?
 

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I think there are two general rules:

1-Remember puppies are like babies. I know it sounds stupid but you wouldn't expect a baby to be able to hold it all night long and you shouldn't expect a puppy to be able to either. Also, just like babies puppies need to be taught where they are "allowed" and not allowed to pee.

2-A puppy can hold his bladder for the number of hours equal to his age in months plus one. For example, if your puppy is 2 months old, he can possibly hold it 3 hours. If he is 5 months old, he can possibly go 6 hours.

Also, many dogs do not like to soil in their crate, if they can help it, and should be taken outside to relive themselves immediately after they're allowed out.
 

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Thanks Jamie, of courst I wouldn't leave her in the crate for more than a few hours (for now anyway) and at night I don't lock her in it. But I noticed that she stays there all night, or if she needs to pee, just step out, go to the pad and go right back to the crate. I was just wondering for the future, because her being a beagle and all, I don't want her to vandelize the entire apartment... NYC is expensive /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif !!!
 

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My little Beasley has bee very good with holding her bladder during the night...she's only 3 months old, but we've had no accidents in her crate (knock on wood)....But as far as crying, it's pretty constant when she's in the crate...She seems to whine and cry herself to sleep most of the time.
 
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