Spoke too soon.. he’s back to the god-awful ear-splitting SCREAMING
Edit: put a worn shirt in there to see if it helps… hope so because I’m about ready to strangle him (not really) if he doesn’t knock that off stat.
That’s the worst…
Crate training Helo as a puppy was the worst part. Just the excruciating cries alone would drive me insane! And he was relentless, too. He would whine for hours straight. You really have to learn patience during this time! That’s why it was so tough for me, as I’m not really a very patient person sometimes. I just tried to ignore him as much as possible.
Covering his kennel helped quite a bit, but it didn’t end the whining. After several weeks, Helo stopped whining. At 2 years old now, he loves his crate and runs into it eagerly. It’s where he sleeps during the day, and also where he eats. I also give him high value treats in his crate, like raw bones which can be a little messy (it’s easier to clean the crate pans than the carpet after all). So he associates his crate with good experiences, rather than bad experiences.
My advice for crating puppies is 1.) ignore them as if they weren’t there, 2.) under no circumstances do you let the puppy out of the crate if the puppy is whining, 3.) try covering the crate, 4.) move the crate to a less frequented part of the house so that the puppy can’t see you, 5.) make every experience going in or out of the kennel as positive and rewarding as possible, and 6.) provide enrichment in the form of safe toys and chews (treat dispensers like the Kong were my favorite choice and helped preoccupy Helo’s mind while he was in his crate).
In my experience, Helo was more likely to whine if he knew I was around. I tried crating in the living room where I could keep an eye on him, and I tried the bedroom where he could sleep near me (I wanted him to get used to his crate early on before letting him sleep on the bed). But it wasn’t until I moved him to the spare bedroom that he really settled down in his crate.