Rose whines almost the entire time she's in her crate...except when sleeping at night. My poor baby (5 months) takes 2-3 naps through out the day but is lucky to get a 15 minute cat nap with the whining. We have been totally ignoring it but she still whines. Even with a blanket. Any suggestions? She has her favorite toy & chew bone in with her.
With her coming from being outside to inside it may take a while for her to adjust from the open space to the confinement of the crate. Crate games are really great and helps them see it as more of a den or safe place rather than just stuck in a box. Our Luna is 8mnths and we still feed her in her crate - as soon as she hears the kibble hit the bowl she boogies to her 'den' with her tail wagging. When the baby is napping maybe a nice bullystick or frozen kong to help her wind down and keep her occupied while she's in there can help. As long as you're consistent with her and never use the crate as a punishment she will eventually start to see it as her den and the whining should lessen over time.
Sometimes even the placement of the crate can help if she's feeling anxious. We put ours in the main room where he could see into the kitchen and den - so as we moved from room to room he still had us within view and wasn't so much 'alone'. If none of that works and she still whines after a few weeks you could try the coins in the can method and give it a good shake, but we always found ignoring the whining and praising the quite worked best.
Reward the quiet! 3-5 seconds of not whining can be rewarded with teeny, tiny treats. "Good job! Nice quiet. See how smart you are?" Nanoseconds become minutes and minutes quickly become hours. (Pssst! Keep on ignoring the whining! You're absolutely right. Don't acknowledge her in any way when she does it, not even a glance.)
How much time is she spending in the crate? I find tired pups are better about their crates. Make sure she's getting 2-4 nice long leashed walks every day. At 5 months training is an on going situation.
Brain tired is a better kind of tired than physical. Are you able to do classes? Find a nice positive reinforcement style class and go! It's FUN! A good instructor will show you how to become a good trainer. Challenge your dog with training games, things she has to figure out. If classes are not available or perhaps not in the budget, try one of Victoria Stillwell's books: "How to train Positively" or "It's me or the dog". I prefer several 5 minute training sessions thruout the day. Dogs her age can stand 15 minutes. Then a quick break... even if you're at a formal class.
A few suggestions for training games? Lay a board on the ground and teach her to walk the plank! Have fun with this. Got a kids hula hoop form a dollar store? Teach her to go thru. 2 bricks and a broomstick or a ladder laid flat on the ground? Get her to step over it. Use a long line! (25' polypropaline rope with a loop at one end and a clasp at the other, tie knots every yard or so for stepping on to prevent progress into the road) Play fetch. How about a friendly game of tug?
Got a few too many rainy days and the brain needs a workout? Try teaching a cup game! Teach her to touch the cup, not grab the treat by knocking them over herself. The reward is for doing it right. Remember those "Easy Buttons" at Staples? Teach your dog to push it.
Last edited by Sabellesmom; 08-12-2016 at 08:23 PM.