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5 month old pup

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Mxc2689, Feb 9, 2018.


  1. Mxc2689

    Mxc2689 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello I have just adopted a 5 month old puppy he is a staff/husky cross. His previous owner had no rules for him and let him sleep with her in the bed.

    My fiance and I have puppy pads and crate but he goes insane when left alone at all. He has ripped our carpet just when we left him in the other room. How long do we leave him crying for in the crate at night ?

    Also any other tips would be grateful !!
     
  2. kimthecat

    kimthecat PetForums VIP

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    Could you put the crate in your bedroom?
     
  3. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    I wouldnt leave a distressed dog crying at all. You wouldn't leave a frightened child. The massive change must be distressing for him. Imagine yourself suddenly being put in a place where all the rules you were taught no longer apply, and you are put in solitary confinement too. Take time to train him to the crate if you want to use it - if he cries he is distressed and you have gone too fast too soon. Overnight in your room, as @kimthecat suggests, is a good idea as a transitional arrangement. There are crate games videos on YouTube that might help. If you are in contact with his previous owner, a t shirt he or she has worn might be comforting.

    The crate should be his safe den, nothing bad should ever be an association.
     
  4. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums Senior

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    What you could start during the daytime is try to get him settled down on a mat (or even just on the floor) and train him to chew a stuffed Kong. It's good to have a few kongs as they are really useful and one is never enough. Put something really tasty in like cooked chicken or liver, grated cheese. Then seal with primula or peanut butter.

    You can hold it initially whilst he gets the hang of it but keep him on the floor (not cuddled in on the sofa)

    Then see if he gets focussed on it and starts really working on it. Don't worry if that doesn't happen the first time as puppies lose focus quickly and take time to realise there is some very tasty treat inside.
    Over a period of a few days, hopefully you can get this young dog nicely settled and comfortable on the floor whilst you are in the room.

    It doesn't sound as if much or any basic training has been done but once your pup is settling well at your feet you can use the stay command whilst you move to a different chair in the room.

    Then build up to leaving the room for a short time (could be as little as 2 seconds to start) then return and praise.

    And build it up over a period of many days and weeks til you have a dog that can stay settled with a chew toy whilst you are in another room.

    When he has got the hang of daytime settling on his own, he should be ready to start at night times.

    You could also practise having him settle in his crate with the door open during the daytime. Get him properly used to all these things during the day should help.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I'd let him settle where he's happy for now at night tbh so you all get some sleep.

    Either with you, or in the lounge with you sleeping next to him for company and reassurance.

    He must be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the big change. :(

    Take him out regularly for toileting while he settles and ditch the puppy pads as they will just teach him it's ok to go indoors.

    Don't leave him crying - very stressful for him and likely to make things worse in the long run. He will associate the crate and being alone as miserable times :(

    Once he settles you can gradually train him to settle at night elsewhere.

    Gradually build up leaving him - some dogs dislike being shut in behind a solid door so a dog gate might be better. Set him up for success with a good walk, comfy bed, food, water, radio on, filled Kong, etc. Tell him "settle" and leave for a few moments, returning before he stresses. Repeat regularly, every day, increasing the time gradually so he learns it's "no big deal".
     
  6. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Had he previously been successfully crate trained? If not did you introduce and train him to get used to and rest in the crate? If not that may be part of the issue at least. If a dog has never seen or been introduced and trained properly to use a crate and just put in one and shut in most will become stressed and panic.

    If you have literally just adopted him, then again its probably understandable he is insecure and doesn't like to be left, he has also been moved from all that's previously familiar too. Just isolating him and leaving him on his own to cry in the crate will likely make the insecurity and anxiety worse because he cant cope alone at the moment. The best method is usually to start weaning him off and gently and slowly teach him to cope and be alone while you are in. If you are not sure how to crate train and do this just ask.

    It may be better to work on crate training and inititally have him in your room, while you are trying to train his separation anxiety too and work on that starting when you are home in very small increments.

    At 5 months he may still be teething and even if his adult teeth are through around this age teeth are still settling into the jaws, does he have lots of things like stuffed kongs, kong wobblers and long lasting chew treats. They can help enormously too, and chewing tends to be a wind down activity and destresser
     
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