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Crate Training Australian Shepherd Puppy


I just picked up my Aussie on Sunday and he is 11 weeks old. First time having a puppy!!! Wow! Anyways, I am trying to crate train him and he does fine during the day in his crate. He is not in there very long at all, however, he has cried during the nights. When I say cry, I mean bark, howl, shake the crate!!

I take him out every two hours to potty but then he continues to holler and fuss. He is crying most of the night. I was told to let him cry by my vet, but I was just wondering if this will stop? Any helpful advice?

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Exercise
by: Anonymous

I have had many dogs, but I recently got an Aussie mix. Best thing I can say to you is that you gotta wear them down. They need to run and play to deplete some of that energy. I would also suggest getting them a puppy safe chew toy such as a Kong.

Hard decision
by: Anonymous

We’ve had one Aussie that adjusted well to crating and three that hated it so we never pushed it with them. With the latest one it was very hard cause he was our first only-puppy. He couldn’t be alone in our outside fenced area due to owls and eagles. We penned off a good sized area in the garage, that he liked way better than the crate, for when we were gone. At night he raised hell about the crate because he wanted to be closer to us and we couldn’t fault him for that. Letting him out resulted in a few more accidents and a couple of chewed up things but we thought it was worth it. Others might chaulk this up to "giving in" but we don’t mind being considered "sappy"

Dont worry
by: Anonymous

Yes it will stop. Puppies normally can not sleep all the way though the night like we can. So when they get tried of being in the crate they start to fuss. Let him fuss till he settles down. Then reward that, he will soon learn the fussing gets him no place and being quite gets him a treat.


My own girl did the same thing. She would howl and bark most of the time. The minute she stopped I said Girl girl and made a party out of it and took her out. It takes some time but he will get it.

Close to you
by: Anonymous

You might try putting the crate right against your side of your bed so you can put a hand or at least fingers on the pup. I did this when I got my pup at 8 weeks and she did not cry at all.

Getting your puppy to sleep at night
by: Anonymous

We got an Aussie puppy at 8 weeks. We put her in a crate at night and she cried and howled and went basically nuts for 2 nights straight. My husband and I had to sleep with ear plugs. On the 3rd night we brought the crate upstairs and put it right next to our bed. She has not complained since. Sleeps through the night till 6am. Good luck

Crate training
by: Anonymous

Our little girl is 20 weeks. She has been in her crate at night since the 3rd night. The trick was putting an article of clothing in the crate that had either mine or my husbands scent on it (a shirt that had been worn). Once we did that she would go to "bed" without a peep. Good luck with your new little one.

Nothing will work
by: Anonymous

My 8 week old Aussie has non stop howled and barked for 5-6 hours straight with a couple potty breaks and after a few nights of little to no sleep I’m going crazy. I’ve tried a warm toy to simulate littermate, lavender for relaxing, crate in my room, article of clothing of mine, nothing is helping. I’m going to go CRAZY! And I cannot just give up.

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