My 9-week old Border Collie hated her cage. I put her in there about 6 hours at night and for 2 2-hour periods during the day when I was away. As soon as I would leave the room she would start howling and crying. It would continue off and on all night long. Then I talked to a lady walking her BC in the park and she said her BC loves her cage and actually goes into it voluntarily to take naps. If I even mentioned "cage", my puppy would look crestfallen and slink away.
Then last night, my daughter had a friend over for a sleepover and I thought the whinning and crying might keep the other girl awake, so I scooted the cage into my bedroom. Then I caged the puppy and went to bed just feet from the cage..and, you guessed it, she didn't even wimper all night. She also did not soil her bedding of towels and old T-shirts that she had soiled multiple times each night before. Sheesh.

All that crying and soiling was a result of her being left ALONE, not because she was too young to hold it or hating the cage per se. Now there are still the 2 2-hour times during the day, but if I wear her out before caging her, perhaps she'll sleep most of that time. Anyway, I'll just move the cage into my bedroom each night from now on...a small price to pay for a good night's sleep and happy dog. dkw
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My 9-week old Border Collie hated her cage. I put her in there about 6 hours at night and for ... my bedroom each night from now on...a small price to pay for a good night's sleep and happy dog. dkw

Good, Glad you have it figured out. Never ever let your puppy out when it's barking .. reward it for silence. Anticipate it's needs so you get it pottied and fed BEFORE the noise starts. If it wakes up, and you hear it rustling, get it out. (Whats the first thing you do when you wake up?) Listening to rustling noises best happens when the dog sleeps in the bedroom with you.
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