Crate training is often tougher on a dog’s human parents than it is on the dog. Dogs love the safe and den-like feeling of a crate. What they do not like is to be away from their favorite people. There is no better way to get your attention and ask you to climb into the crate with them than to whine. Whether you climb in the crate or you let your pup out of the crate, her whining is communicating her feelings of missing you and wanting to be near you. Over time, crate training gives your dog a safe space while you are away and a personal bedroom space for her even when you are home. If your dog is a puppy, she may also be experiencing a bit of fear of the unknown when she is away from you, along with separation anxiety. No dog owner wants to leave their dog whining all day while they are away at work. If you are in a space such as an apartment where your neighbors could hear, you will want to keep your dog quiet and not whining while in the crate.
Encouraging your pup while in the crate and training her not to whine will make all your lives easier. She will build the confidence she has in you returning to her and loving her, and you will be able to keep her in the crate when you are home and when you are away from home for small periods. Avoid keeping your dog in her crate for long periods while you are home. Remember, puppies who are house training can typically hold their bladder one hour for each month of life. So, a four-month-old puppy should be able to hold it for about four hours. When you are able to let your dog out, be sure to let her go potty right away. Be patient with your dog and be prepared to spend lots of time showing her love, so she knows she is not being punished but rather kept safe while inside her crate.
To crate train your dog, obviously, you will need a crate. To teach your dog not to whine while in a crate, you will need lots of treats and a lovey or blanket she can sleep with while you are away. Some dog owners use an old t-shirt they have slept with, so their dog has a cloth material to snuggle with that smells like their owner. While you are teaching your dog to stay in the crate without you, be sure to be prepared with patience and positive praise.