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Hey everyone. So I picked my my now 9 week old Dutch Shepherd this Saturday. He’s been in his new home for only 1 night and a day and a half. So far he is doing great. He is socializing with everyone and the other dogs like a champ. And he is even following treats into positions…amazing. But there is one big problem. He freaks out in the crate. He screams! Not whimpering and wining, screams and try’s to claw out. My past puppy’s whimpered and wined a few nights and then they moved on. Now granted this is his second night. I’ve tried the crate by bed ect ect. No go. In fact if I leave the room for a bit and he doesn’t know where I am he starts wining. It’s bad enough that I’m having to put him in the outside kennel at night where he screamed and howled all night. Yes this is only his second night away from his litter and he is a 9 week old pup. Im trying do everything right and set this this pup up to be as successful as possible. My biggest concern here is that I’m making a mistake and setting him up for some issues by having him by side all day and then sticking him in the kennel at night. Today I did do several short sessions in the outside kennel with me in site and he did ok. Am I on the wrong track here? I would really appreciate any advice you guys have. Thank you!
 

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Agree with the above, until the pup is trained to accept the crate and kennel as a safe space with shorter times 'away', making those times as pleasurable as you can. Meaty bones, toys what ever that takes and avoid letting the pup get stressed while doing that. Patience crate training.
Mine were trained for place instead of being crated.
 

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Sleep WITH your pup - you can put him into bed with you (that's a personal call - no right OR wrong) but at least have his crate touching your bed so he will hear you, see yu, & smell you. This is an important part of bonding. Do NOT listen to the old out-dated books that told owners to put this baby dog (already stressed from being taken out of its environs) & put it in a crate all alone & let him "cry himself to sleep". WHY? This is a baby - Dr Spock once told parents to do just this with their own infants & babies and we've learned this is wrong. Babies of ALL species need comfort, security, & companionship.

Sleep with this new little one tonight! Your bond will be ever deepened!
 

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Hey everyone. So I picked my my now 9 week old Dutch Shepherd this Saturday. He’s been in his new home for only 1 night and a day and a half. So far he is doing great. He is socializing with everyone and the other dogs like a champ. And he is even following treats into positions…amazing. But there is one big problem. He freaks out in the crate. He screams! Not whimpering and wining, screams and try’s to claw out. My past puppy’s whimpered and wined a few nights and then they moved on. Now granted this is his second night. I’ve tried the crate by bed ect ect. No go. In fact if I leave the room for a bit and he doesn’t know where I am he starts wining. It’s bad enough that I’m having to put him in the outside kennel at night where he screamed and howled all night. Yes this is only his second night away from his litter and he is a 9 week old pup. Im trying do everything right and set this this pup up to be as successful as possible. My biggest concern here is that I’m making a mistake and setting him up for some issues by having him by side all day and then sticking him in the kennel at night. Today I did do several short sessions in the outside kennel with me in site and he did ok. Am I on the wrong track here? I would really appreciate any advice you guys have. Thank you!
Feed his meals in the crate with the door open.
 
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