Crate Training Journal

One Family’s Journey

Hartung's Koda_0988

Chris Reports

May 3, 2017

Hi All!  Koda slept through the night on Saturday.  I woke him up at 2:00 to go out then he woke us up around 5:30-6:00 to go out.  The last couple of nights it’s been more of what I expected.  He wants out every 2.5 – 3 hours.  During the night he does great in the crate.  It’s rougher during the day for sure.  Patience is the key along with staying on the plan but wow, does this boy have a set of lungs! LOL.  He’s been doing so good for the most part.  When we go out to potty he does his thing then goes and sits in front of the door to let you know he’s done and ready to go back in.  We’ve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs “bathroom” and he sniffs around then goes.  We have a separate yard that we’ve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom.  He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I’m pretty sure he was stressed a bit.  We had a tough morning with my son.  Most days he wakes up great but occasionally he is a total bear.  Argues, is mean, etc.  Today was that day.  After everybody settled down so did Koda.  We all got puppy kisses and he fell asleep on the couch with his blanket and a stuffy. J  He’s asleep right now under my desk, between my feet.  He is so smart, cute and loveable!!!  Thank you so very much for helping bring him into our family!!!

May 4, 2017

Hartung's Koda_0993I got 6 hours of sleep last night!!!!!!!   I was feeling reeeaaalllyyy tired, to the point I was just running on auto pilot.  Koda and I fell asleep between 10 and 10:30, he was in his kennel which I moved closer to my side of the bed.  I woke up about 4:30, amazed that it was that late and wondering if I should wake him up.  He must have felt that I was awake, he gave a couple small scratches at the gate to let me know and off we went to the bathroom.  Of course he didn’t want to stay there when we came back in so we snuggled on the floor in front of the kennel. I know he fell back asleep and I must have because my wife’s alarm woke me up about 6:15.  He is such a good snuggler.

May 5, 2017

I wish I could say that sleep was my friend last night but Mr. Koda had other plans.  He didn’t want to settle into his kennel at first.  Finally around 11:00 or so he did.  Woke up at 2:30 wanting out then really didn’t want to be in the kennel.  Took about 30 minutes and me laying in front of it for him to sleep.  Up at 5:30… no way was I going to fight that fight so snuggled him for 30 minutes until it was time for us to get up.  I need coffee 🙂
May 6, 2017
Koda threw a fit for a long time last night. Julie thinks it was almost 2 hours. My wife and the kids were sleeping upstairs and I was with Koda downstairs. After about 45 minutes I fell asleep. LOL!  I was tired and I have some good ear buds.  Tough love it is. Thanks again!!!
Hartung's Tired Koda_1001
May 8, 2017
Great night last night!!!  Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!

Breeder Comment

We have found the most important aspect of crate training is the human element. By that, we mean that if you feel sorry for the pup, they will play on that until they get the upper paw and you let them out. The slightest waver or questioning of your methodology is something the intuitive Weimaraner can work with–use to manipulate you. Oh, you might think it impossible for them to start that process at 8-weeks-old. Do not be deceived. The moment they come to you the dance begins. You wrap them in your arms, and they find a way into your heart. It is not all bad; however, winning the small battles is important. Good job Chris–one down and others to do.

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  1. Koda is doing great in his kennel at night. Sleeps through without any fuss. It’s during the day when I have to leave that the problem starts. He’s gotten out twice but a small carabineer took care of that. He’s ripped open the foam mattress from scratching at it. We aren’t giving up though as we are all aware of the separation anxiety these loving guys can develop. My overall goal is to have him comfortable in the crate when I leave so that when he’s older he won’t tear the house up when we run errands, go to dinner, etc. I don’t expect him to automatically go there when he wants to take a nap. We cuddle too much for that I’m afraid :-). Patience is so important in the whole process from sleeping to potty training to just everyday life/behavior. We are lucky to have Shela, Cliff and our wonderful groomer Lauren at Wags to Riches as a support team. With this extended family our “parenting” is much easier. In my opinion Weims are the best breed out there by far. They are so intelligent, loyal, lovable and also cute!!! I could go on and on singing their praise but as Shela and Cliff warn people they are not for everyone. With the intelligence comes stubbornness and cleverness you wouldn’t think a pup should have. It’s all in how you view it. In my mind it’s a game we play that keeps me on my toes. LOL. As I watch our senior Weim, Gabriel getting older, he’ll be 13 in July, it’s with a touch of sadness as I know he won’t be around for ever but the blessings he’s brought into our lives is beyond measure. Koda has some big paws to fill for sure. Our hope is that Gabe is around long enough to pass on a bit of wisdom to this youngster. Thanks again for brining him into our family!

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