(Closed) Advice from dog owners– dog hates being alone!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - The Admiral Kidd Club

My puppy absolutely hated the crate but when he broke his leg before even turning one, we couldn’t just have him limping around our room (he’s a very energetic, accident-prone, small dog.) We bought one of those metal fence-looking excercise pens, like the ones used for rabbits or other small animals and used it first to fence off certain parts of the room. We then eventually made that area smaller and smaller until it was a crate-sized circle with an open roof. He got used to this being his little space when we were unable to watch him. We transitioned him to the box-shaped crate and gave treats everytime he went in on his own. He just turned 3 and happily goes into his crate when he smells us putting on perfume/cologne, putting on our shoes, or picking up our keys. He also likes our other older dog in there with him too or else he gets jealous about being able to roam around.

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Pollywog:  Unless a dog has been crated from a puppy they often struggle with it. We leave our mixed breed 1 year old that we recently got outside during the day while we are at work. She hates us leaving but stettles down once we are gone. We have found that stuffing a hoof with peanut butter and freezing it over night is her love (so we have a stock of these in our freezer). I just give her one when i leave and it keeps her entertained for a while.

We found that giving her blankets we have spent time with helped as well, although she has ripped one a bit. My dh works from home part time, which helps, but sometimes we both have to be away and she is getting used to it. I couldn’t leave her inside all day, she is too energetic and would destroy things if we weren’t there. So she stays outside. We have built her a kennel for shelter and she has plenty of water and shade.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

Is there a reason you are crating a 13month old dog. And a big dog at that? You’d be better off confining them to one room of the house. We had a ‘play pen’ type thing for our dog when we got her, but she grew out of it by about 4 months. Now that she is better behaved ie doesn’t destroy the garden she is outside during the day, and sectioned to one small room of the house at night. I worry about dogs being crated for so long. Yes, I know many do it for housebreaking but if he’s housebroken, I don’t agree with it. He’a a dog. They need room to play, yes, even when their parents aren’t home. 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

Pollywog:  our dog has seperation anxiety and she couldn’t handle the crate. She wouldn’t even tolerate it for sleeping. When she was a puppy we kept her confined in the bathroom (it was a pretty big bathroom) but she scratched at the door. We thought she had grown out of that so when we bought our new house we decided to keep her in the office. Well, she scratched the back of the door and would try to look out the window and ruined the blinds. So we just decided to give the house (we closed all the bedroom/bathroom doors) and it was a complete 180. She didn’t destroy anything! Something about not being confined to a small area makes her feel better. I think the fact that she can sleep on the couch or the recliner all day makes her feel better too, since that’s what she does when we’re home.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Pollywog:  Going to be honest, unless the agency has had her since she was a puppy and was crating her the whole time this confuses me. Most dogs which haven’t been crated from a puppy will struglle with it and be completely stressed out. You could get a stress remedy for dogs and see if that helps but obviously it isn’t an everyday solution. I’m curious as to how your adoption works because with ours we couldn’t take her until it was final. Not critising, just asking because it is different to what I’m used to. Most adoption places where I am from discourage crating partially because as I said dogs seldom take to crating if they haven’t been in one since they were a puppy and for highly energetic dogs (ours falls into that category) it would stress them out majorly.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sister adopted a dog years ago. Turns out that he is completely deaf and has crazy separation anxiety. If he’s left alone in the house without a crate he will distroy the house. BUT if you put him in his own little house (the crate) he’s totally fine. The only thing is, they absolutely have to have some sort of “roof” on his crate. He’s a large dog (like 100lbs) and his crate is open bars (not the plastic kind) so unless they put a piece of cardboard on top of his crate to make a closed-in roof he still freaks out. To him, that’s his own little safe place while they’re away. 

Maybe make sure that there is a “roof” on the crate if it’s an open one?

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Pollywog:  I haven’t read all the responses so I may repeat some stuff. It sounds like your dog is fine with the crate, just not with you actually leaving her. So I just know that if you try her in your livingroom for a short time (not crated) that doesn’t mean the anxiety goes away. She could rip up stuff in your livingroom. Not for sure, but it’s a possibility.

When I got my beagle, she didn’t like the crate and I felt terrible, too. You know what I did? I audio recorded her (this was before all the fancy computer videos and stuff) when I crated her and when I kept her out for 2 short times. When I crated her, she cried for like 15 minutes and then stopped. When I left her out, she cried teh entire 45 minutes. So she was actually more anxious outside the crate! This is just my dog and my experience. But you might try something similar.

I also leave the radio on for my dogs all day, they get bones in their crates. For my beagle I used to freeze peanut butter and put it in her kong which takes a bit longer for her to eat so you could get out the door.

She WILL get better!! It just takes time and patience. And I’m so happy you adopted a dog!!

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Pollywog:  PS- there is absolutely nothing wrong with crates if it works for your dogs. As I said, I found out my beagle was much less anxious IN her crate than out. As she got older, I stopped crating her because she mellowed out and eventually learned that I would come home to her. I have 3 other dogs that I currently crate. 2 will potty inside if I don’t and the 3rd I probably could leave out, but he can get feisty and I don’t want him getting feisty at my 16 yr old beagle.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MissBNG:  SO cute!!! One of my dogs also runs into the crate when he sees us getting ready in the a.m.! So funny! Smart little buggers.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Pollywog:  I don’t crate my dog, I don’t believe in it. How would you like being put in a crate for a work day? 

Get a baby gate and designate an area just for the dog. My dog stays in the kitchen and we have a bed out there for her. Our kitchen is pretty big and she is a small dog so she has plenty of room and can look out the window. We also leave her with plenty of water and treats, bones, things to keep her occupied. Darling Husband also leaves a shirt that has his scent on it and it does the trick. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Pollywog:  My dog used to scream at the top of his lungs like a howler monkey when he would be crated. It was bizarre and it sounded like we were torturing him!

We don’t crate him any more now that he is all grown up at 3 yo, but when he was a baby we would give hm cheese whenever he went in his crate and that helped

You have to find your dogs most favorite treat ever in the world and give it to them every time. 

Eventually my dog would run to his crate, get his cheese and quietly hang out lol.We never thought that would happen!

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Daizy914:  Crates are helpful for destructive dogs, especially puppies. My dog ( even though we don’t crate him anymore) sometimes goes into his crate just to chill. We had to crate him because when he was small he developed a taste for our couch and ate the cushions. 

Dogs are den animals and find comfort in smaller, covered areas

Clearly you have never had a destructive animal. I know people who have had their floorboards and doors frames chewed by anxious puppies. Bad for homeowner and the puppy ( they could hurt their mouths, swallow wood ect). Puppies are really stupid and can get into a lot of trouble when owners are away.

 Crating is a safe option! Obviously don’t leave your dog in there for 10 hours at a time, but for some dogs it helps keep them calm and safe. 

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