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Here is a good way to get your pup to like his create. You must make it a happy place for him. Never use it to punish. I just posted this in a different thread. Works extremely well. And remember, NEVER even acknowledge then when they bark or cry. Getting your attention is a win for then and they will just keep barking and crying.

This is how I get my pups acclimated to the crate. I would feed them in the crate with the door open. Make them walk in on their own (never put them in the crate if possible). This is only when home and the first few days or as long as you feel you need to. Leave the water in during the day to make them keep walking in on their own. Make the crate their toy box for the day. Each time they want a toy, they have to walk in to get it. The afternoon meal do the same, feed in the crate. The evening meal after he walks in close the door and let her "deal with it" as the meal should be the distraction. After the meal, and as long as he's not making a fuss, let him out. Also when you're giving treats, show them to him and put them in the center of the crate and let her go get it.

What you're are doing is taking the anxiety away since you made the crate awesome. Food, water, toys, treats... everything good is in the crate. If he is having that much anxiety, I usually don't recommend having the crate in the bedroom but near where you will be taking them out to potty but moving the crate to where they can see you may lessen the anxiety if the can see you overnight. I usually don't like this as it makes them a bit codependent. I feel that can lead to a dog developing separation anxiety.

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There is something called the straw protocol, for dogs that hate crates. You fill the crate up about a third of the way up with straw. I you don't have straw, balled up newspaper/paper/etc will work in a pinch. you can put a fitted sheet over the crate to hold it in but it works better with a plastic airline style crate. It gives them something to burrow into. You can google straw protocol crate training.
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Fingers crossed, we may have figured it out. She may be a claustrophobic pup. We've been keeping her in her play pen instead and left her home twice yesterday. She didn't poop either time. I'm not getting confident just yet, but that's a good sign. She did pee in her sleeping kennel last night, but she didn't whine, which was odd. We may have to start waking her up at least once for a little bit.
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Excellent!! I was just going to post what we did, which is similar, when our Crispin wouldn't tolerate his crate. He didn't poop in it, but he howled and shook the crate around and generally was so obviously miserable and unaccepting of being crated, that I could not do it for more than one night--I just could not stand to make my puppy so miserable.

We had at that time a U-shaped kitchen area that was smallish, and we blockaded him into the area with a baby gate/wood plank at the two entrances. I put down a dog bed and some newspaper for him to use, because I assumed that with the larger space, he would, er, take advantage of the situation--but he never once soiled his new containment area. It became his "crate" until he was potty trained (fortunately I had recently retired when we got him, so it was only at night or if I had a doctor's appointment that he was confined to the area). He had water in there, and was quite comfortable.

I was relieved that this had worked out so well. In this photo he is three months old. He was such a good boy (still is)!
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