Our 8 wk old shih tzu hates her crate
We got our little girl Lexie, she's a black and white shih tzu and is just so precious. We already have an all white shih tzu that's a year old and got Lexie for Lyla as a companion plus we love shih tzus.
The first week of her being home she slept on the sofa on her pet pillow next to us, waking me up with kisses to go potty, not too much fun waking up every hour on the hour....This week my husband and I had to go back to work so we knew we had to crate train her. We did that with Lyla and it worked absolutely wonderfully. She was exceptional, held her urine and etc. for over 8 hours, never wined or cried...Lexie on the other hand HATES the crate, she cried for and hour straight, I just couldn't stand it and took her downstairs and slept w/her on the couch. Needless to say I got no sleep.
During the day we decided to put her in a bathroom, all tile, w/her food and water bowls, 2 pet pillows, puppy pads on the floor and lots and lots of toys, that didn't work either, she cried for almost 2 hours but I had to leave for work. I hate to hear her cry/yelp/bark, any suggestions?
My husband says to be patient she'll get used to it, but I feel like a horrible mommy because our Lyla never did this!!
Thanks guys and I look forward to any advice:)
It's pretty normal for a puppy to complain, cry, whine, fuss (even throw themselves around in a tantrum), when they are crated at first. Rather than Lexie being unusual, it's actually Lyla's behavior that was better than average!
Puppies are just like little babies, and they want what the want... and they want it NOW. But of course, they aren't calling the shots and it's important that Lexie learns to fit in with the routine and expectations you have for her. You're making the mistake of letting her set the rules, and that's a recipe for a very spoiled (and difficult to live with) little dog.
Of course she's adorable and I absolutely know how difficult it is to hear your baby (human or canine!) cry and complain, but it's one of those situation where you know what you're doing is right and it's a battle of wills you have to win.
Don't let her sleep on the bed, or on sleep on the sofa with her. Put her in her crate and let her cry it out if necessary. You'll need to be prepared for a few more sleepless nights but it will be worth it in the end. Once she realizes that crying isn't going to win her freedom, she will stop being so loud about it. It could take a few days, or a week or more, but stick with it. Your husband is right on this one :)
Of course at only 8 weeks old, she'll need at least one, probably two, potty breaks during the night so when she wakes up and cries, get her outside right away. I'd recommend that you read my Crate Training A Puppy page as it has all the tips and advice that you need.
Hope this helps, best of luck with your pup.