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My last puppies were already crate trained when I got them. Now that Java is only six weeks it's like she whines when we even get out of her site. She ALWAYS has to be with us, every where we go. So far she has seemed to have adopted the couch, which I have to say I'm not too fond of. She HAS to be on HER level, all the time. I think that is where she gets wanting up on the couch all the time. It's like she is really depending on us to be her siblings it seems. So now... I'm so lost on how to start kennel training since she only weighs four pounds. She's just so small. We have a medium size kennel. We finally just put her bed in there and she has been getting in it on her own a little bit today. I've been keeping the gate open for her. Do you think she's too young to start kennel training? She seems to be so needy to others I'm sort of worried about it. Any thoughts or ideas?
 

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my opinion is a six week pup should be with you all the time.
you can view other posts on the subject that will tell more, but there are major developmental stages that puppies go through at certain weeks.
i would reference those and then make my decision.
others will add their experiences also.
we never did crate train bonnie and clyde. but we did champ,
he still likes to get in his crate and sleep.
one thing that helped when he was little was to put the crate in our room, then put him in the crate at or very near his bedtime (seemed to be the same virtually every night), then put a blanket over the crate to make it dark. he would whine a little, then go t sleep, but when he woke up and whined, i or the wife would immediately get up, CARRY him straight outside, and set him down in the grass and say, go potty
if you dont pick him up, he may go the second he gets out of the crate.
those are vague memories though.
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For a puppy this young I would be getting a small soft crate so that they can sleep next to my bed - but crated. You can move the soft crate around during the day to put it in whatever room you are in so she has her own place to go into/sleep but she's still near you. I would also be building up, in short incriments, the time that she can be on her own - start with five minutes and go from there.

Just because she's only six weeks old does not mean you can't introduce boundaries now. Let her up on the lounge now and it will become a habit you will have to break when she gets older. Don't forget you aren't her sibling, you are her pack leader, and it's important that you create the habits and boundaries you want her to have as an adult now when she is a pup.

You might want to have a read of this puppy development calendar to help you know what stages she will go through and approximately when:

http://www.dolforums.com.au/index.php?showtopic=117592
 

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I agree...she is not too young to be crate trained. Just be sure it's her size and it's not done for too long at a time! When you do not need to crate her, cuddle her tons!!! She's so young!

The wisest thing my friend said to me is You are not raising a puppy, you are raising a dog. You let them start bad habits (or things you really don't want them to do like get up on the sofa) as a pup and you will have a helluva time training them out of it!
 
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