Crate training update

Every day we leave Nyx in her crate with the door shut at least once.

Always this is when she is utterly exhausted, and she goes in there with lots of toys (chew toys, ropes, stuffed toys, and at least one puzzle feeder).

She went in her crate twice today, the first time for about an hour, the second time about two hours.

The first time she whined for less than ten minutes, the second time she whined TWICE and then immediately settled down and slept until we opened the door πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Alongside that we are continuing to hide treats in her crate when she isn’t looking. Every time she goes in we throw her a treat or two (and especially when she goes and settles in there).

Today she has chosen to sleep in her crate numerous times, and the best thing ever happened – after we opened the door and let her out the crate and she said hello to us, she went in back in her crateΒ by herself and slept in there for a further 40 minutes with the door open!! πŸ™‚

I could not be happier with her crate training, and very much hope she keeps it up!!

For tomorrow we cancelled meeting up with my partner’s family (we don’t want to leave Nyx too long and have her resent the crate at all), but our friend is still coming over at some point to meet her. We’re both a little nervous about this!

We’ve had some fantastic active periods with Nyx today, but there have been huge periods of sleepy-pup times too.

Here are some pics of the little ‘un. I also have some pics of Kasper (and his nails) to share, and some of Seth our Crestie to show how he has grown too πŸ™‚

She has really started to understand and enjoy tug of war, which is fantastic. I love tug for a lot of reasons…it’s a great way to practice ‘drop it’, it’s wonderful for working on bite inhibition, impulse control and how to calm yourself even when excited.

And let’s not forget Nyx *loves* the game now, and it’s fun to do something active and ‘fighty’ together πŸ˜›

She’s grown so much in a week haha! From this:


To this! πŸ™‚


I loooove the little markings on her hair-free belly bit!


And one of my favourite things about puppies: how hilarious their dinky teeth look when they snarl XD




4 thoughts on “Crate training update

  1. I’m finally catching up on all your posts and omg Nyx is soooo adorable! I love her tortoise shell colouring it’s so pretty.
    Yous are doing such a fab job with her training, better people couldn’t have found her πŸ™‚ Love the videos of her and how lovely and loose her body language is with yous, also her impulse control with filling the food puzzle was awesome!
    Also really love that yous are focusing so much on exposure and socialisation instead of being over anxious about vaccinations as it’s so critical to teach them to be calm and confident in different situations while their socialisation window is still there. Cause although I know it can be improved upon later so much of the foundation is set during those early weeks/months.
    I’m pretty set on my next dog being a puppy so I can be in control of it’s socialisation period as I love Bonnie with all my heart but she is an anxious wee doggy and it makes me sad as she was probably never socialised when she was young so it takes so much training to make her calm and confident as she gets so easily overstimulated and fearful.
    Also happy birthday to your partner and Kasper! Hope yous have a lovely day πŸ˜€

    • Thank you so much for this comment, really made me smile πŸ™‚

      I love her body language now, my favourite is when she’s playing and her tail is doing huge loose wags…she has such a freakin’ long tail it looks brilliant!!

      I agree so much about socialisation. I really do think it’s worth the risk to get a young puppy out into the wold unvaccinated than have them grow up and be scared of the world…usually we would just carry the puppy around, but because Nyx is older we’ve been putting her down in areas that aren’t commonly used by dogs. With her being nervous already she NEEDS to get out there and experience things.

      I know what you mean about Bonnie, but she has been so lucky to find you!! Kasper was scared of a lot of things that could have been prevented in his puppyhood – the vacuum and paw handling for example took us YEARS to countercondition him to, and could have been prevented so easily.

      I love puppies because of how close to blank slates they are haha. I also love training them and their enthusiasm…I just love puppyhood πŸ™‚ I’d always prefer a puppy to an older dog I think (been there done that, and Kasper was EXHAUSTING!!), plus I love watching puppies grow…ah, puppies πŸ™‚ ❀

      Thank you. We've pretty much said we are delaying their birthdays until we have money / Nyx is crate trained…I'm hoping my partner will have some time to rest and enjoy himself later, all he's done today is walk dogs, as I'm the one who stays home with Nyx. Feel so sorry for him!!

      Thank you again πŸ˜€

      • Yea you’re definitely right about letting her down outside as puppies should be naturally curious at that age and not to be showing that kind of nervousness already so it’s great that you’re being so proactive, she has the best of chances to turn into a well rounded confident doggy with you for definite though! I hope I can be as skilled as you by the time it comes for another doggy to join my family πŸ™‚
        Poor Kasper, he definitely fell into the right hands with yous even though you weren’t fully prepared for it at the time. I think though the big benefit from it is because both of our first dogs came with “issues” it’s made us a lot more sympathetic to others struggling with training and more informed about training in general. Like I know a lot of people probably judge me feeding Bonnie out and about on our walks, and when she pulls towards people etc and before experiencing that I possibly may have judged me if I was them too. Sorry for the bit of a ramble but it’s so cool to have someone else “get it” if you know what I mean xD

      • Yay, someone who gets it πŸ™‚

        Most people we know have been confused in why we’re taking her out semi-vaccinated (to the point where we have started saying the vet gave her a magical ‘booster’ course so she could go out sooner πŸ˜€ ), and when they meet her and she is timid, they see nothing wrong. It’s either “she’ll come around” or they miss her fear completely and comment on her being “so calm”.

        They don’t understand that a puppy being nervous at this age is a huge red flag, and that we *need* to get her out into the world…she has proven she CAN overcome her fear, and every time she manages that I feel like it’s one step closer to her becoming a confident adult dog.

        Thank you again for this lovely comment btw πŸ™‚

        Haha you are too kind to me, I think you’re an awesome dog trainer. I’m really nothing special πŸ˜›

        I absolutely agree about adopting fearful / anxious dogs…you learn so damn much from them. I always said if it wasn’t for Kasper I would still know barely nothing about dogs, he forced me to learn so much – about positive reinforcement, dog behaviour, body language, counter conditioning…

        We get judged ALL THE TIME for how we walk & train our dogs. We quite often get given useless training advice, but far more often we get sarcastic remarks. The other day it was “what’s wrong with her legs? They look perfectly fine to me!”, this was shouted from a man going past on a horse and cart because we were carrying Nyx – um, well we’re carrying her because a lot of dogs walk here, she isn’t fully vaccinated, and even if she had been walking I’d have picked her up for a horse and cart because she’s never seen one before and feels more secure in our arms.

        We also get a ton of comments about us using treats, ranging from “she’ll get fat” and “she’s spoilt” to “you’re giving her treats for nothing!” That last one is my favourite, because it means the treats are working if my dog looks perfectly normal to them πŸ˜›

        Ramble away haha. I love talking to you, I don’t have any ‘dog people’ I can talk to outside of this blog, other than my partner…and although he LOVES dogs, he’s not so much into researching the behaviour / training part πŸ™‚

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