Crate training, especially after a dog hates his crate, is a time-consuming, >>multi-step process.
WHAT??? There's no magic bullet? No simple trick that makes the panic attacks simply disappear? ARGH!!! I am so tired.
CMD, keep us posted on how you're doing. It's only been a week for us, and I'm already exhausted! I can't imagine six months of this.
Our experience is similar in that Jazz has never minded her crate. When she was a pup, she cried the first several nights, but that was more a matter of getting used to sleeping alone. The crate itself was never a problem for her.
It's her place and she loves it.
Keoki is 3 mos old, and HATES the crate. And I know he came from a healthy home.
We do give treats in the crate during the day, and he has no problem going into the crate. It's once that door shuts – he gets frantic.
Every morning whatever we've used as bedding -- paper towels is about what we're down to -- is completely shredded and peed on.
Today I'm going to try to put a pillow/blanket that my daughter made in the back of the crate. Maybe if it's cozier? The pillow is made of a courser fleece, stuffed with softer fleece pads. She sewed it with triple stitches, hoping it'll be a little tougher to dismantle. I'll put him in for his naps today -- which probably won't happen because he'll be in the crate -- Hopefully, he'll like the way it feels and want to stay.
Tonight I'll load the front of the crate with paper towels for shredding and peeing on, and hope he'll sleep on the pillow.
I'm not asking for a lot, am I? Just to sleep from 11:30 PM to 5:30 AM. Well, six hours may be a bit much, but I'd even settle for five for the time being~
Anyway, I'm going to have to re-double my efforts during the day to make him think his crate is the most awesome place on earth. He's such a neat pup the rest of the day, it's easy to "forgive" him for this. . . . for me anyway. Dh, who has to get up at 5:30 AM for work every day is having a more difficult time understanding, LOL.