I have a 16 week old Mini Aussie named Finn and he is having a hard time adjusting to his crate. I picked him up when he was 10 weeks old and he has spent time in his crate almost every day since I have had him.
The problem is that he cries, barks, and whines for a good while when he is first put in his crate (upwards of three hours). I have tried acclimating him to it slowly but it still doesn’t seem to be working.
I give him a peanut butter filled Kong every time he goes in it to give him an extra special treat but he still cries for at least 30 minutes before he calms down enough to eat the peanut butter. I also keep the crate in my living area and when we are home, he willingly goes in it to retrieve a toy or lay in it with a toy.
I am at a loss of what to do and worry that my neighbors are getting too annoyed. Should I just continue to be patient? Or is there something I should do to make him feel more comfortable in his crate?
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