We brought home our 9 week old miniature dachshund yesterday. Having read lots of puppy training information, we decided to crate train.
He has taken to the crate very well and sleeps in there happily. When he wakes he will whine. I take him outside to go to the toilet, but he just cries, louder and louder until I bring him in.
The weather here at the moment is wet and windy, which I don't think is helping. I have tried bringing him back in, calming him down and taking him out again, but no joy so far.
It was getting to the point where he would just run away and hide in his crate when I went near him, presumably to avoid going outside.
I was concerned that I was going to just make him fearful of me, so on the first night put some paper down by the back door. He woke every 2-3 hours whining, but didn't come out of the crate on his own. I assumed he was awake as he needed the toilet as he wouldn't settle again.
Again, I tried taking him outside. However, his crying just got louder and louder and he was shivering and shaking. In the end he did use the newspaper inside, then settled down in his crate again for another 2-3 hours.
I'm not sure what to try next, should I stick with paper whilst he settles down, or am I creating a problem later on?