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With the litter of puppies scheduled for turn in to CCI next week, I'm at the stage where each puppy has to receive time alone in a crate. The first day they were crated in pairs for 5 minutes. They did ok. Today, though, they were crated individually for 5 minutes but were allowed a treat and/or toy. None of them were thrilled and two really cried. It was so hard to resist the temptation to go and get them and cuddle them. But, I know in my head that this portion of the process is important and will provide the Puppy Raisers with a puppy that's at least familiar with a crate.
 

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I think it would be Canine Companions for Independence? Do many breeders start conditioning puppies to "crate training" early? My boy didn't seem to mind the travel crate on our trip home at all, but other pups I've had never seemed to settle down and were car sick.
 

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2 of our breeders separated the puppies for short periods and introduced the crate before the dogs went home with their new families and it made the first few weeks so much easier for us. Daisy hardly fussed at all her first night home and was sleeping through the night by about 10 weeks. I know it must be a lot of extra work for the breeder but it really helped our dogs to accept the crate and tolerate being alone for short periods.
 

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I'm dealing with this now, my 11 week old guy hates the crate. Wakes up every hour, starts panting heavily and crying. I use to think he had to go out, and I still take him just in case, but I can't get him to sleep through the night. However, he has an exercise pen that he seems to enjoy. A couple of times he's gone in there after I've taken him out and laid down, I was so exhausted I just shut it and left him and he slept through the night. Wish I could get him to do that in the crate. I'll lure him with toys and treats, but he's gotten wise to that. Won't go in all the way now to get them because he knows I'll shut the door.
 

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I am missing something here...What is CCI and what are you trying to do?
Sorry. I've posted off and on about my volunteer activities, so I just assume most folks who read my posts recognize my name and know about my work with CCI.

CCI is Canine Companions for Independence. I'm a volunteer Breeder Caretaker. One of their breeder dogs lives with me as if she were my pet, but legally she belongs to CCI. They breed her to two or three of their male breeders when she's in heat. She then whelps in our home and we care for the puppies until they're 8 weeks old. At that point, we turn them in to CCI who then sends them out to volunteer PuppyRaisers across the country. The PR will have the puppy for about 18 months. At that point, the PR turns the puppy back in to CCI for assessment as to the dog's suitability for advancement to service dog training. If the assessment is affirmative then the dog works with one of CCI's professional trainers for about 4 months. At that point a match is made to an applicant. Service dogs are provided free of charge to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities (except for blindness).

There are a lot of protocols we're required to follow during the 8 weeks the puppies are in our home. In week 7, we have to introduce the crate. The first day the puppies were in pairs in a crate. The second day they move on to 5 minutes of crate time alone. (They're allowed a toy and treat.) This crate time is an emotional experience because they, of course, cry during some of this introductory period. I just want to run and release them but I understand this crate time is important for their overall development, so I have to go with my head, not my heart, during their crate training.
 

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I think it would be Canine Companions for Independence? Do many breeders start conditioning puppies to "crate training" early? My boy didn't seem to mind the travel crate on our trip home at all, but other pups I've had never seemed to settle down and were car sick.
It's part of the protocol but it can be emotionally difficult because the puppies, of course, cry. Plus, you typically need to borrow a few crates from other volunteers so that you have a few to use. As you know, crates are expensive so it can be a costly activity if you don't have someone near you with whom you can share crates.
 

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My pup when she was with the breeder actually had to be put in the crate on her own to eat. She would be so distracted by her brothers and sisters that she would rather play than eat. Once they started giving her time outs in the crate with her own bowl of food, she started eating better. She's still a little monkey :)
 
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