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    Thanks so much for the encouraging words. The first night was really tough. I think it was probably due to the fact that he didn't get a chance to get acquainted with the crate. I've tried today to let him get a feel for it and I took away the pen his crate was in. I think it may have been a little overkill and he didn't like the pen even when he was out of the crate. I'm gonna try the ideas I said earlier and I'm hoping sleeping with him will help him.

    There have been some accidents :\ but we've tried to run him outside to finish anytime it's happened.

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    He whined a little, but each time I tried to comfort him and calm him down a little bit. After maybe 10 mins or so, he whined more, I calmed him down and gave him a little piece of food and once he wasn't whining, I took him out. So i'd say it was fairly successful

    The plan for tonight is to put him in, give him the shirt i'm currently wearing, hopefully get a ticking clock, and i'll sleep on the floor outside his door. Does anyone have any methods that worked well for them? I'm not gonna lie, we've been really overwhelmed about this process, to the point of tears for my girlfriend and I would be sooo appreciative of any tips and even encouragement. Thanks so much guys!
    Perfect! As hard as it is, don't let them out when they're crying...he will learn cry = out. Unless of course he wakes up & cries because he needs to go out! We did the t-shirt thing with Penny for awhile & it really helped her to settle at night.

    Another trick is to randomly put treats in the crate (set it in the room you are in with the door open). If he goes in to explore he will find a treat. He'll love it. We also put toys in Penny's crate so that she could go it & check it out without being stuck. One thing I read was that you should also crate them sometimes when you are home, so that they don't learn that crate = you leaving. So, sometimes Penny gets crated when we eat dinner or when I work out, etc.

    Good luck!! So glad it's going well. Those first weeks are really though. We've have Penny about 2.5 months & it gets a lot easier around 12 weeks.

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    Keep your chin up and just give your girlfriend lots of hugs and kisses . This will pass! Lucy was awful in the crate when we first brought her home but I just kept up with it and she got used to it and now prefers to sleep in there at night. She never was one to go in there during the day to snooze but at night, she wants to be in there. My bullies like their crates and will go in there during the day if they want some peace. I applaud you for trying to ease him into it. With Lucy, I didn't sugar coat it. It was just a part of life. Now I wish I would have spent a little more time getting her used to it. Gypsy whined a bit the first night and then was over it and Gator never made a peep even though neither were crated at the breeder's.

    Potty accidents are easy to clean up so don't stress too much. Just be consistent (like you are doing) and it will fall into place.

    Sounds to me like you guys are doing GREAT!!!! Don't get discouraged. You are making good decisions and doing all the right things. It just takes time

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    Within jakes first hour at home..he was in his crate..I left the door open at first and gradually closed it for increasingly longer times. He was perfectly comfortable in it really by that first night..don't feel sorry for him..it's the best thing you can do to help him settle in. Just be consistent and his whining should only last a few daydream..just don't take him out when he cries..you will give him the wrong message just as Miss Pennylue said! You are doing great!

    Ohhh.I just saw your earliest..sorry! I would suggest you NOT sleep outside the crate. This is where he will want you 6 months from now! At every resting time..put him in the crate..ALL day long..don't get him out unless you think he needs to go potty. Maybe every 45 minutes during the day..but don't take him out while crying. I actually had a small crate and put in living room and for the first week I slept on the couch..I had him about 10 feet away..I could hear him stirring and take him out if time. If he started to whine..I shushed him..quickly and strongly..from the couch..I didn't go to him. It's hard not to hold him ALL the time..I know..but this is an important time for his and your sanity! After a couple nights.and he is better in crate..you can move back in your room..but don't lay with him or near him!!
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    Default Re: Buster is finally here!! and it has been a crazy day!

    Quote Originally Posted by AMart79 View Post
    here's a better one!

    Oh my goodness, Buster is so darn CUTE!!!

    For the dry nose, we used to use vaseline on my old dog and then when I joined here I heard of Snout Soother. I was a bit unsure of it at first but keep seeing posts on it so I ordered some. I so wish I would have known about it about 2 years ago. It's so much better than vaseline. It's not as thick and a little goes a long way. I highly recommend it. I use it on Wilson periodically.

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    thanks for the comments guys and all the advice! the crate training has been tough but we'll get through. Basically we're moving to a new apartment, in the same complex friday. But this week I just feel bad crate training with the crying due to my roommate. I know this is gonna draw some negative comments but would it be terrible if we started the strict crate training on friday? i know its only a couple of days but i just think letting him sleep on a bed in the room we sleep in is gonna let him get comfortable and it's where I want him eventually as he grows older. Would it be a huge detriment to wait a few days and begin the crate training process in a couple days, when he should be nearing about 10 weeks old?

    Also, thanks for the nose ideas. I'll look into prices and such and try to get something asap!

    Last question, Buster LOVES to sleep! I'm sure its normally, i understand puppies sleep quite a bit but the breeder told me he might sleep 18 or so hours if we let him. He's a big sleeper, and I wake him and play with him to get him tired out for the night, but i guess for the times he needs to be home alone, I wouldn't mind him sleeping away his alone time.

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    You do what you need to! No negative comments here! Everybodies situation is different and nothing works the same for everyone! You can crate train a full grown dog..so I am sure he will be just fine! Just relax and enjoy him!!

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    I think Penny was storing up all of her energy those first month or so we brought her home. Now, it's party all the time.

    Enjoy the sleeping! That phase doesn't last long!

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    I am with @jakeisgreat, do what you think is best. Just be prepered to clean up some messes. Lol

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    yea i'll be ready lol. But i'm actually pretty surprised he's doing great with his potty training. He still has his accidents when we forget to take him out or he's not being watched but he seems to have it down that when he's outside he needs to go. Now he does a great job at going anytime he's taken out and not playing. Hopefully that keeps going well.

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    I also almost forgot, i have more pictures As you'll be able to see, he likes to sleep in some odd positions.




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    haha, great pictures. He actually reminds me a lot of wally with his stripes! I can tell you our experience with crating and you can take what you want from it:

    When we got wally at 10 weeks, we were very strict about putting him in his crate at night. During the day we did what others mentioned and put treats and toys in the crate to encourage him to go in there. We also, however, let him nap on the couch which made it a bit tougher at night to get him in the crate. At first we would put him in there and have to stay with him for about 20 minutes until he calmed down and went to sleep and then sneak away to bed. He would then generally sleep until about 4 or 5 am and we would take him out. Our (my) problem was that once he was in the crate, that was it. Any noise woke him and he would whine. I tend to be a night owl so it was very difficult.

    Right around when he turned 5 or 6 months old we decided to let him sleep in the bed to see how it went and we've never really looked back. To us the negatives have been greatly outweighed by the positives. I'm out of town 4 nights a week and it seemed silly for my wife to have to spend time trying to get him in his crate at night and then sneak around the house so as not to wake him. He now sleeps in as long as she does, there is no getting up at 7am to see if he needs to go outside. He will basically just stay in bed until we forcibly carry him out of it. To us, it was really nice just having him in the room with us and not worrying about whether he was whining, sleeping, peeing, whatever. He has never had an accident in the bed.

    Our other reasoning was that we keep him in the crate during the day when we're not there (with walks every 4 hours) and hated coming home, taking him out of the crate and then putting him right back in at bed time.

    So, basically, having a dog sleep in bed with you may not work for some but it has worked for us. The good part is that it has had no impact on crating him during the day. We have never once heard him whine in the crate during the day. He only does it if he knows we're there, otherwise he gets in there and doesn't even play, he just goes right to sleep.

    Sorry for the long post, but i hope this helps. I kind of feel for you guys as the first several weeks were TOUGH! Hang in there though.

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