Destructive dog and crating

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

FutureMrsphD:  Our beagle was crated when we left until she was about 8 or 9.  Even then, she was out only if we were gone for less than a couple hours.  Now, at 14 she only sees the inside of her crate if she’s sick.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

If he doesn’t mind the crate why not just start using that again? My dog hated the crate (would use the bathroom in it and had to be bathed everday) so we had to start confining her to one room. She scratched the door when she was a puppy but I didn’t think she was doing it anymore. Well when we bought our new house and confined her to one room we found out that she still scratched the door and went crazy when we left. So we decided to try and leave her out in the whole house (with all bedroom/bathroom doors closed). She no longer has any issues. Pretty sure she has seperation anxiety and the only way she can be comfortable when we leave is to be able to sleep in the recliner or on the couch since that’s what she’s used to doing when we’re home. Long story short, you can try to give him the whole house and see what he does. Leave for maybe 30 minutes, even if you’re just sitting in your car outside, and go back to see if there’s any damage. If so, you’ll just have to crate him.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I grew up with dogs who were crated as puppies then after about a year never again. I have a 4 year old boxer now who is crated even if we leave the house for 30 minutes. If you know anything about boxers, you know why.

When he was a puppy he escaped from his crate that was in my room, so he was shut in the room while no one was home. he chewed up an ethernet cable, my curtains and blinds, a rug, and part of the carpet under the door. Now he’s 4 and his paws are too big to fit through the bars…but he is so used to his crate he happily runs to get in when he see’s we’re leaving the house. He gets a “cookie” when we leave, and a “cookie” when I come home from work (a milkbone) and he loves it. Sometimes he goes in when he’s tired, too.

We had a trainer come because he whines a lot when he wants attention and he jumps on strangers. the trainer said to put him in his crate when he wouldn’t stop. I hated the idea of that being a punishment because it was supposed to be his room, his “safe place”, but he said it was like sending a child to their bedroom. He is as quiet as a mouse when he goes in for even 30 minutes. He knows he’s ok and we will come for him if he’s good. He won’t die.

I never thought I would have a dog that would be crate trained like this. I thought it would kill me inside, but he is so used to it I know he would be confused if we got rid of it. It would screw up his schedule totally.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

FutureMrsphD:  Crating is good for dogs. It’s not cruel. One of ours hates hers (she was confined in a teeny crate with 3 siblings and not enough food and water as a baby so I understand) but we still crate her. I think of it as protecting them from themselves. God forbid she ate something metal or poison or something. The crate won’t actually harm her, she just doesn’t like it. Sometimes you have to do what’s best for them even if it’s not what they want.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I think this is a beagle problem lol I have two they are 2 and 3.5 years old. we crate them while we are out but lately we have tried keeping them out, and we keep learning the hard way.

 Last time 2 pairs of shoes brand new tags on 🙁 !!!, a bra, and were sleeping in our bed when we came home ( doesnt sound bad but they arn’t allowed in our room at all)

They have cost us thousands of dollars , but when we are home they are totally fine no issues with being out.

They also chew their beds/ bedding in the crate. I cannot figure out what to do about this have tried all kinds of different options.

One of our neighbours also have a beagle who is 5 and she has the same issues. Honestly there is a reason all the training and cleanup sprays always have a beagle picture on them hahaha

Good Luck 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FutureMrsphD:  I haven’t read all the replies, but YES, crate him again if he didn’t mind it before. He could actually be stressed because he’s NOT in the crate. That’s how my beagle was. She’s old now (16) so she stays out. I crate my other 3 dogs and one of them is a 5 yr old beagle mix (not too trustworthy with his bladder when we are gone). Be sure to leave him a little something to chew and/or a Kong stuffed with frozen peanut butter.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

 

FutureMrsphD:  

 

I can only buy my dog nylabones ( if you know what those are) they are super hard plastic and made for heavy chewers.They can finish one of these in a night! and at $10 a bone they get expensive.I used to buy them regular toys and they would last 10 minutes before they were ripped to shreds.

When I first met my now fiance he bought my dog a toy. He didn’t have a lot of money back then it was a super sweet gesture but I felt pretty bad when she had it ripped from end to end , I think it lasted 2 mintutes. I told him he didn’t need to buy her anymore toys as I felt bad lol

Beagles are not like any other dog, stuborn but so full of love

 

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FutureMrsphD:  Just read a couple replies. You might want to try working on the crate being a happy place for him. Work with him when you are home and just for a few minutes. Feed him in there. Reward him in there. Take the top part off and put his bed or a treat in there etc etc etc. Love my beagles!!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t have any advice, but I originally read this as “destructive dog and crafting,” and I was just imagining someone coming home to their dog just wagging his tail while tulle, ribbon and glitter flew eeeeeeeeeeeeverywhere.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

 

They like to sneak upstiars and tuck themselves in our bed!  Bad beagles haha

Good thing they are cute kinda makes up for how bad they are

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

sway0060:  Oh my god.  Cutest thing ever.   I love how snuggly beagles are!!!

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