Crate training for the impossible puppy - getting my donkey kicked right now, folks
Just picked up a new pup on Sunday. This is the fourth dog I've had at around this age, and the fourth that I've had to do crate training with - but this little guy is giving me fits.
He's in a box in the garage, and sees regular contact from myself, my wife, or one of the kids. We've been getting him out about every 2 hours, plus those times when we seem to hear him yelping. The poor guy just can't seem to get the concept that he's supposed to be crapping outside and not in his box.
I've tried shrinking the size of his kennel by putting a large milk crate in the back of it. I'm taking him out after feedings. I've tried running with him in the back yard to increase the urge to go. When he goes out, we stay in the yard until he makes a deposit - but usually he'll take 20 minutes before he decides he needs to go. When he goes in the kennel, it gets cleaned and disinfected scupulously so that no odor of mess lingers.
The last pup had a few accidents, but generally seemed to get the concept after a few days. But this little guy is making want to pull my hair out.
Any veterans out there with some sort of unconventioal tips? HELP!!