(Closed) MEGA Doggie Crisis, Any Advice?!?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 48
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MASPA:  Try feeding her in the crate.  We did that and it made her more willing to go in there.  You hold her bowl full of food, have her get in the crate, then put it inside.  All about reward.

Post # 51
3197 posts
Sugar bee

I understand not wanting her in your room, but it is really hard on any social animal to be relegated to another room away from the family. We didn’t want our dog free at night to do whatever he pleased, so we crate him in the room. He cried for WEEKS straight at night (hours each night), but we didn’t give in and now he sleeps like a champ all through the night! Whatever you decide, don’t give in anymore to the whining and crying. It will just make things worse when you try and enforce the rules. 

Post # 53
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you have a dog bowl that when you flip it upside down, there is still a rim/pocket where you could put dog food, it slows them down.

Post # 55
3197 posts
Sugar bee

@MASPA:  Yeah crating can be a hard lesson and it takes nerves of steel to ignore the crying! My husband has a hard time too with that. We worked during the day to get him used to is, but at night we just had to shut him in and let him cry himself out. We also didn’t make a big deal about opening the crate and greeting him when he came out. We would just run him outside to go to the bathroom, come in and feed him, and then pay attention to him. I think it helped him to not think that beeing “freed” from the crate was such a wonderful thing that he got praised for. 

Post # 56
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just read your post and wanted to let you know, I had a dachsund jap chin mix and had all the same problems. I ended up having to get him crate trained. dachsunds are very loyal dogs and have major seperation problems. Mine wrecked my carpet.

Post # 58
2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MASPA:  Ive found pillows get eaten and towels don’t, I would try a towel.

My Chi was destructive if we left him alone so we “crated” him in the bathroom.  He woudn’t drink water or play with a toy but he would eat.

We tried the crate thing but ended up tossing it.  We live in a small apartment and it was teking up a lot of room plus he got sick in it and I didn’t feel like disinfecting it.  It was an old hand me down anyway.  

After a year of putting him in the bathroom he can finally be left out but we remove all temptation and lock it in the closet.  No pillows, blankets or paper are left on the ground or they will be destroyed.  We leave out things we can chew and he seems more than happy to play with those.

Post # 59
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our miniature dachshund used to have the same problem with very bad separation anxiety. Like many doxies, he is partially paralyzed from a back injury, and when we would “crate him” in the kitchen and leave he would be so anxiety ridden we were afraid he would physically hurt himself more so we actually called our vet and asked what we should do to help the anxiety and crying when we would leave. Both of his suggestions honestly worked in about a week. The first was easy, leave pieces of yours and your husbands clothing in the crate or wherever you are keeping him. This sounds gross, but preferably somthing that’s been worn a few times and not washed. Just the scent of you will help calm him down a bit and make him feel more secure. The other suggestion is doing things you normally do when you leave, all the time, but don’t leave. That sounds confusing so I’ll give an example. Our dog would start the whining and crying when we would put our jackets and and/our grab our keys. So at just random times throughout the day we would put our jackets on and sit around the house and not leave and the same with the keys, just pick them up and carry them around. If there is something you normally do before you leave that instantly signifies to him that you are leaving, just do that throughout the day. Sorry this is kind of long, but just wanted to share because it helped us so much!!

Post # 61
3109 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@MASPA:  I had a buddy boy with terrible separation anxiety. He would bark ALL day. EIGHT hours. My neighbors hated me. I finally hired a trainer to help me. Here’s what we did & it worked in about 2 days (he was a brilliant border collie tho. May be longer with another dog.) 

1. walk/play/feed dog in the morning. After that, she get no more attention. No fond farewells! No kisses and hugs and baby talk. You simply walk out the door. Before I would shower I would make sure I got in my snuggles because after that he got zero attention. 

2. when you get home, she gets zero attention. No reunion snuggles and pets at all! After 5 min you can love on her. I would come in & get changed & use the bathroom before giving him any attention. 

These things will help her to have more independence. Also, and this is hard for me, she shouldn’t be showered with attention and affection when you’re home. That was really hard for me but it made him more confident & he would even go upstairs to hang without me!

After a few days he knew the routine and wouldn’t even greet me at the door. He would wait for me to find him. In the beginning, We did lots of practice leaving where I’d ignore him & do my leaving the house routine and go out the door for as long as it took for him to quiet down. Then I immediately came back inside. He learned to associate not barking with my arrival. 

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