Maggie used to be a crate barker (and sometimes whiner). Like in a hardcore kind of way. We did all of the normal things to get her to settle like giving her awesome, treat-filled Kongs, putting on classical music, feeding her in there, working with her going in and out in shorter increments, blankets over it to help her feel nappy, and my favorite method of making her crate into a magical treat maker (ie hiding treats in there). The pooches also sleep in there right now because we need them to like their crates (and 95 pounds of pup in our queen size bed is rough).
Once we brought Nigel home, she magically stopped barking. It's like she was just telling us before, "I am soooo lonely when you leave me!!!!" We're so happy the girly has chilled but now we have to work some more with the mister.
Nigel is quite the whiner and even tries to dig a little bit. We're thinking that he just needs some time to adjust to our schedule because I was on break but now we'll be on a real routine. And if it took Maggie almost 4 months to be chill in her crate, Nigel deserves some time to get there.
We can't even imagine being at the point when we can leave them out together but we hope we'll get there someday.
What have your crating experiences been like??!
And of course, enjoy a few mushy pics. Nigel is posing underneath our new sign we got as a gift (thanks, Mom!!).