I am kinda wondering about the whole crate thing. And when and how I should go about leaving him home alone for short periods of time. I've never done this before so I don't really know what to expect. I have hesistated to leave him in to just cry and get all worked up because I don't want to create negitive association with. However I dont' go rushing to get him out when he starts whining either, he has to settle and be quiet before he gets out. I don't want to rush things either if he is still to young to be left. He is almost 12wks, and can go all night from about 10.30 to 8.30. I am not talking about leaving him all day but it'd be nice to be able to leave him for a few hours either during the evening or during the day.
Like I say I am not sure how to go about this, ha ha it's all new puppy stuff What did you all do with your puppies when they were this age? It's hard to know what I should be expecting from him and what he just won't be able to do. I am just trying to focus on manners (no jumping biting etc) sit-stays (not long but for food and before going outside etc.) and short downs, go to bed, walking on a loose leash...stuff like that.
Well I am sure I will think of other stuff but advice from the other puppy owners her would be great.
Puppies are great but thank goodness puppyhood doesn't last forever I try to keep him occupied as much as possible so I am not always saying No uh uh Hey drop it etc etc etc
Oh gosh no way I am talking about in the crate....*laughs* I would be insane to leave him with the run of the house!!! Sorry if my post is a little hard to understand...all my posts lately have been pretty rushed cause I need to run to get the puppy outside or correct him or get something out of his mouth ha ha you get the idea
I'm sort of in the same boat as you.
I have a 12 week old with about 4-6 weeks of crate rest left (started out with 6-8 weeks) and the whining is hard to deal with since I am home most of the time. I usually ignore the whining depending on how long she has been in the crate. If I just stuck her in then I just let her cry it out but if she's been in there awhile it usually means she has to go.
For her, I always feed her inside the crate (OK, I cheat a little and let her outside the crate to stretch her legs and terrorize everyone else..) with or without the door opened and always stick something yummy in the crate when I stick her back in. Either food (canned/kibble mix), frozen kong (kibble mixed with either pumpkin, cheese, PB, or yogurt), rawhide, etc. Always something good waiting inside for her.