new cocker spaniel

Posted by doreen
Sep 14, 2007
I have had a 12 week old cocker spaniel for almost 2 weeks, he is doing awesome except for the crate. He will sleep in the crate all night with a minimal of fussing but when I try to put him in it during the day he howls and howls. I stay at home all day, but am trying to get him use to it for brief periods so hubby and I can actually go out. He is very comfortable with the crate, goes in and out, will bring toys in it, eat in it, etc but as soon as i close that door and try to leave the room the howling and barking begins. I would appreciate any ideas.
Posted by eyeluvdogs
Sep 24, 2007
Hi there,

I think that you will need to slowly start teaching your dog that being left in the crate during the day is no big deal. You could do this by gradually leaving him in the crate for longer and longer periods of time.

Start by leaving a few treats and some toys in the crate, and then encouraging your dog inside. Close the doors and quietly leave the room. Wait for a few minutes and then come back inside and without making a fuss, let your dog back out of his crate.

Practice this as much as you can, and hopefully you will find that he starts to get used to being in his crate during the day.

Try not to leave your puppy in the crate for too long because he is still quite young, and probably can't hold his bladder for too long during the day. You don't want him to get into the habit of relieving himself in his crate!

Good luck