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I just brought my lovely Miguel home a few days ago, she's 9 weeks old and the most gorgeous little thing. I've never owned a dog before and desperately want to get it right and give her a wonderful life so need to know how to handle certain aspects. She was crate trained with her siblings by the breeder but getting her to accept one now she's home is proving tricky. I initially aimed to give her short intervals in the crate while we were sitting nearby so she didn't feel completely alone. She managed one nap on her first day home (after a bit of a cry), but since then the crying is just too heartbreaking. She settles at night after about an hour, and only once we've completely left the room. Then she wakes in the middle of the night and repeats the little cry. But the clingyness through the day is getting worse. If I step out the room just for a second she cries. If I encourage her to sit in her bed she isn't interested. It's the lap or nothing. Which I would absolutely love if I wasn't so worried about forming bad habits.

She completely went off the food the breeder was giving her which freaked me out, she completely skipped dinner on her first night so I gave her a small portion of fresh mince on day 2 which she absolutely guzzled. Ideally I would have changed her diet gradually but she's refusing to eat anything else. Now this morning (day 4), she's refusing to eat fresh meat and veg. Because her bowl is in the crate (which it has been all along). I think because of the distress she's going through at night she's associating the crate with unhappiness. But I don't want to take her food out because then it really will be just the place she cries herself to sleep, rather than her little haven.

Oh what do I do?? Shall I just give her all the cuddles she could possibly want and just deal with the upset of the crate at night times/when I have to pick the kids up from school?

I know it's such early days and she's so young, but as I said, I want to do things the right way, encourage her independence but still love her like crazy. Any help or advice would be hugely appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:38 PM
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I feed my dogs in their crates. It has to be like that as I have 4. But I think if I were to just have 1 I probably still would feed inside crate as I would want it to be comfortable inside the crate.
Have you considered putting a blanket over the crate, it might help. Maybe leaving a toy in her crate as well.
I say to put her in the crate during the day (in and out) so she can get some independence being in there and doesn't think of it as "scary"
Also still early for her too feel comfortable I'm sure she'll learn to have a regular schedule. Naps, bedtime and eating
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Selma, she's just a baby, but I would think that she wants you more than anything else. Now for your concerns: I would still feed in the crate. Just say to her 'time to eat now' and close the door to the crate. I have a picky dog, who wants me in the room when she eats. (she has a severe overbite, and chokes on her food often?) As for food, pick a good quality food--kibble, frozen or air dried and get a little bit, and see which she likes. She may be a dog that likes kibble one day, and frozen the next? I would do what Ari suggested and put a blanket over the crate at night. Give her some toys (Kong toys are great--they have one for 'babies') She is only 9 weeks so really doesn't have much bladder or bowel control. If she is an only dog, you might leave some kibble in the pen (I have an Iris pen--love it. The pen is ideal 'cause you can see the pup, and she can see you. I put their crate/ carrier (ferret ones are great) in there along with water and a couple of chew toys.

You are a Mom, and I'm sure you have rules and regulations in your home. Just make sure this tiny little one has them too. No biting. Get something she likes like a washcloth folded up and frozen (helps teething) and get the kids if they are old enough to gently play with her--retrieving is great, a gentle tug is good too,

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I just brought my lovely Miguel home a few days ago, she's 9 weeks old and the most gorgeous little thing. I've never owned a dog before and desperately want to get it right and give her a wonderful life so need to know how to handle certain aspects. She was crate trained with her siblings by the breeder but getting her to accept one now she's home is proving tricky. I initially aimed to give her short intervals in the crate while we were sitting nearby so she didn't feel completely alone. She managed one nap on her first day home (after a bit of a cry), but since then the crying is just too heartbreaking. She settles at night after about an hour, and only once we've completely left the room. Then she wakes in the middle of the night and repeats the little cry. But the clingyness through the day is getting worse. If I step out the room just for a second she cries. If I encourage her to sit in her bed she isn't interested. It's the lap or nothing. Which I would absolutely love if I wasn't so worried about forming bad habits.

She completely went off the food the breeder was giving her which freaked me out, she completely skipped dinner on her first night so I gave her a small portion of fresh mince on day 2 which she absolutely guzzled. Ideally I would have changed her diet gradually but she's refusing to eat anything else. Now this morning (day 4), she's refusing to eat fresh meat and veg. Because her bowl is in the crate (which it has been all along). I think because of the distress she's going through at night she's associating the crate with unhappiness. But I don't want to take her food out because then it really will be just the place she cries herself to sleep, rather than her little haven.

Oh what do I do?? Shall I just give her all the cuddles she could possibly want and just deal with the upset of the crate at night times/when I have to pick the kids up from school?

I know it's such early days and she's so young, but as I said, I want to do things the right way, encourage her independence but still love her like crazy. Any help or advice would be hugely appreciated.
My rescue chihuahua Alfie was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory bowel disease as well as epilespy and chronic pancreatitis and athritis in both hips he will be 8 next week any way the vets which Alfie and I go to performed an ultra sound as well as blood work and ibd was confirmed Alfie is prescribed steroids as well as a vitamin injection and many other medicines for his different health conditions he can only eat prescription food from the vet because everything else makes Alfie very poorly when I rescued my baby for who is now 8 years of age I had to teach him crate training because he was just used as a stud dog. When Alfie had eaten I used to wait half am hour and then put him on puppy pads so he could go I used a lot of reassurance so he knew I wasn't going to leave him after a good 6 months I taught him to walk on a harness because he had severe fear aggression which I corrected it took consistantsy but now he walks very well I used to give himots of praise for every good thing he did

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