Please help, I need puppy advice!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

krex:  My beagle did that when I first got her. In fact, I didn’t know anything about crating until Beagle Rescue told me about it and I was kind of “against” it (young and dumb). So I tested her twice and tape recorded her. The first time I let her have the run of the house, left, and ran errands for 45mins. She cried the entire time (I listened to the tape). The 2nd time I crated her and she only cried for a while, maybe 20 minutes? And then a little whimper here and there. But she was clearly more content in her crate.

As I recall (it was long ago) things that can help are: a frozen peanut butter filled Kong or anything that will keep her busy for those first 20 mins when they can really feel anxiety the most.

Leave with NO fan fare. No long good byes. Just throw her in and go.

Same goes for coming home (this one’s hard). Let her out of her crate and TRY not to get all googly over her. Almost pay her no attention. Supposedly that will help you coming home be no really big deal.

Yes, leaving the radio on can help.

What I did with mine was I practiced with her. I would go out into the garage for like ONE SECOND, no lie, and come right back in. And make no big deal when coming back. I kept doing that. Over and over and over. Eventually I’d add on more time. It’s supposed to show her that you leave but you will also come back.

That’s all I can think of for now. Good luck! It CAN work out!!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

krex:  Well just know it can take awhile! I would really try that leaving for a second thing. I eventually got her to the point where she didn’t need to be crated anymore and she was perfectly fine.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I’d also just give the really good PB Kongs when you leave.  Maybe she’ll associate you leaving with something good

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Not a suggestion but hope for the future here!  We got our dog when she was a year and crated her for the first week.  She was absolutely hysterical when we left for work (it was so hard to drive away because I could hear her through the window).  However, once she was more settled with us she was perfectly fine.  Now the only problem is if we lock her away from us while we are home-when we leave for work she just goes to bed!  I know because if I forget something or get home earlier than usual I wake her up.  So, it might get better on its own as she becomes more at home.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

krex:  As long as you have something she really loves. (mine only eats PB about half the time) I would try to up the ante to giving her a Kong that’s so special that she’s distracted and doesn’t realize you’re making a calm, quiet exit. 

Maybe frozen yogurt with bits of Milk Bones.  I think there are some home made recipes for “frosty paws” out on the internet somwhere.  

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