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Hi everyone. I know that there is loads of advice about the dreaded crate training on here but I wondered what everyone does when leaving their puppy alone in the house in their crate. Is it best to be open that you are leaving so that they eventually get used to the idea or to be quiet and sneak out! At the moment I am like a ninja when I leave as Dexter my pup of 13 weeks hates his crate! But he goes even madder when he hears my keys rattle or the door or gate make a noise!
 

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Personally, I closed the crate door because the idea was to protect the rest of my house. Millie was never a fan of the crate and never volunteered to go into it. But once in she was quiet.

If I was going out I would leave a few tasty treats, toys and a kong filled with cream cheese and peanut butter :eek: oh and some water. I'll tell her Quiet Time and Back Soon. Even now when she is left alone and no longer in the crate, we all tell her Millie Stay and Back Soon. That way she knows not to pine and search the house because she's lost you:confused:

At night time it was similar, but only a few treats, a Good Girl, Bedtime and Night Night. Sorry I talk to my dog a lot:eek:
 

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as soon as my 2 see my boots come out,they know im off to work,eden normally jumps in her crate,so willow follows,they both have a few treats,a kiss,and i tell them 'be good,mummy back soon'. i always wait by the door to see if they are barking,but no noise.:)
 

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I think it's best to be open about going out (instead of quietly sneaking out) .... but it's also important not to make a fuss either when going or returning. I just say "back soon" when I go. Leave something they can chew, eg. stuffed Kong, and crate if you wish. Also, best to build up amounts of time you are away gradually.
 

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Pop him in the crate get your stuff and go he will probably settle as soon as you are out of earshot. If you have a good neighbour who can pop in whilst you are away that would be good but the less fuss you make the better, difficult I know but it will work in the end.
 
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