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    Default Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Hi all,

    My 14-week old male, Brembo, has been a joy for the past 5 days I've had him.

    I've been crating him diligently each day, bringing him out after naps and feedings.

    He's only had one accident on my watch which I was able to catch and correct

    The problem: my girlfriend has not been watching him like a hawk when I am at work. She brings Brembo outside to potty and when bringing him inside (on occasion sometimes he does not go), does not crate him and does not always watch him super closely.

    This has resulted in 3 peeing accidents over the last 3 days. She insists she's sorry and will do better with crating him. As she's missed correcting this behavior in the act, she does not punish him (which is the correct thing to do) because he won't know why he's being punished.

    My question is, how bad are these setbacks? Will consistent crating allow him to better understand to go outside, or is he going to continue going in the house because he feels relief and no punishment?

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Consistency is the best if you can get all household members on board in my opinion (which is easier said than done! LOL) Maybe just explain to her how important it is for him to learn this while he is young. Good luck with him, he's a cutie!

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Well I suppose putting the girlfriend in the crate probably won't work! But..consistency is the WHOLE thing! By letting up he is getting mixed messages. You both need to have same routine and she needs to focus!! It won't take long..but by not being consistent she will make his training harder and longer!

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Thanks so much guys. You pretty much confirmed what I said to her earlier.

    her problem is that when the crate is within eyesight and she's trying to unpack (we just moved), she can't take his sad eyes and lets him out of the crate.

    I told her, "if you have to do something, anything, and are not able to watch him like a hawk, crate him". She now is finally starting to understand that the dog won't be 'mad' at her for doing this, but she's playing to his emotions too much for sure.

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Lola loves her crate! and so will brembo it's not punishment, its their little puppy cave! maybe she can give him a kong with peanut butter when the sad eyes come out just to make sure he's occupied for a little bit of time...enough to get her eyes back to unpacking

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Maybe she would feel better if Brembo had something to play with while he was crated? A stuffed toy or a chew toy...that way when she is busy he will be involved in something and she won't feel like she has made him a prisoner in his crate. The kong toys that you can put food inside are great and would probably keep the little guy busy enough so gf won't feel bad if she has stuff she needs to get done.

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    Indeed, the KONG has been our best friend!! I need to reiterate that to her!

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaAndi View Post
    Maybe she would feel better if Brembo had something to play with while he was crated? A stuffed toy or a chew toy...that way when she is busy he will be involved in something and she won't feel like she has made him a prisoner in his crate. The kong toys that you can put food inside are great and would probably keep the little guy busy enough so gf won't feel bad if she has stuff she needs to get done.
    Haha I actually feel bad because sometimes I have TOO many toys in there and Brembo isn't able to stretch out and sleep!

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    I agree "routine routine routine".. they were our breeders last words to us and honest to God.. Duke is going to be 5 and I think he maybe has had 4 accidents.. we got up the same time each day let him out etc until he was fully trained. he would have accidents in his crate ( to be expected ) but over all he was trained VERY quickly. . and we both followed this routine.. just explain to her that he will be the one that benefits !

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    Default Re: Ugh - Crate Training Setbacks - 14 weeks

    I fell victim to the sad bully eyes too, just like your girlfriend! I felt guilty keeping him in his crate, if I was home. I quickly learned that if I had something to do, and couldn't give him 100% of my attention, accidents quickly followed so the crate was the best/safest place for him. There is definitely a learning curve to having a bully!

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