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branofthemist Wed 13-Jul-16 07:09:59

Good morning

I pick up my new cocker spaniel pup on Friday. (Yes I researched the breeder and we are experienced cocker owners).

I was wondering if anyone had advice on crate training. When we got my last pup, we didn't do it. Mum has since got a dog and swears by crate training.

Can anyone direct me to some good links on it or share advice? I read the rspca link that says staying in a crate overnight needs to be worked up to. Which is fine. But then I saw in another thread here that some people have used their crate straight away.

I wondering where the safest place for the puppy to sleep if she can't go in the crate straight away. My downstairs is open plan and I am concerned she could hurt herself when if left over night with the run of downstairs.

Many thanks

LilCamper Wed 13-Jul-16 08:12:40

google 'Crate Games' by Susan Garrett.

branofthemist Wed 13-Jul-16 08:57:53

Thank you, will do that now! smile

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Wed 13-Jul-16 13:18:23

What did the breeder do?

ImBrian Wed 13-Jul-16 21:07:57

Mine have both stayed in their crates over night from day one. Pup one cried for a couple of minutes and pup two never cried burgers up for a wee at 4 am (11&9 weeks old when I got them).

ImBrian Wed 13-Jul-16 21:08:40

But gets up not burgers!

branofthemist Sat 16-Jul-16 13:03:34

It was all fine. Breeder used crates but I thought it would be different when she was on her own.

Put her in with a cuddly toy and she curled up with it. Cried for a few minutes and that was it. Then cried about 1am, I found dh on the floor next to the crate, asleep. Had to get up and take her out a couple of times , but all in all an easy night.

She crys if you take the cuddly toy out of the crate. So it's staying exactly there. grin

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sat 16-Jul-16 13:26:44

Well that doesn't sound too bad. Well done. grin

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