Post # 1
We adopted an old dog a couple weeks ago and I have no info on his history or background. Hes the perfect dog until he has to be crated or left alone. He just breaks down completely. Anytime we crate him he starts panting so hard im afraid hes going to faint. He cries and cries and cries or barks nonstop but continues to pant.
I have never dealt with a dog that had crate issues or seperation anxiety. Anyone have any tips to help him be more comfortable? He doesnt play or eat treats so its hard to make his crate his “fun” place lol I feel horrible crating him because who knows if he experienced something tramatic with it.
Post # 3
You’ll have to be patient with him until he gets over the hump. Every rescued dog we’ve had has been like this for the first month or so, and then they are ok. Still clingy, but ok. Good luck!
Post # 4
@crayfish: Do you just crate them and let them cry it out? and they eventually get use to it?
Post # 5
uhhh, why not get rid of the crate? I know a lot of dogs come to think of it like their room, but what if your dog thinks of it as a dangerous soul sucking hell hole…stop putting him in there and see how he does….not every dog digs the crate.
My greyhound hated them!
Post # 6
@MrsRuby: Try to make his crate a happy place. Start trying to use it more when you are home and with him. Try to get him in there with something he likes….. I know it’s hard but surely there is something he likes!! Sit with him by his crate with the door of the crate open and pet him. Train him into positive association related to the crate.
If you only use it when you are away and he has separation anxiety that’s only gonna make it worse bc he associates it with you being gone.
Start slow and take your time and I know this sounds weird but dogs sense energy so think happy thoughts when crate training him…. Dogs can totally sense your anxiety if u are anxious!
My Darling Husband and i have been working with rescues over the past 5 years and foster many dogs . It’s hard bc you don’t know where they’ve been so be patient work with him!
Ps…. I’ve never met a dog that doesn’t like treats…. Surely there is something he likes! Try natural organic peanut butter.,.. A little on a spoon. Sit with him feed it to him and pet him while he eats….. Of course talking to him telliing him he’s a good boy 🙂
Post # 7
We only crate him while we are home at the moment, until hes use to it.
He has a very sensitive stomach and every treat we give him he spits it right out lol. he gets pieces of lunchmeat or chicken breast as treats haha! thanks for the advice btw 😉
Post # 8
I would do two thing- 1) find a treat he likes. Even if its not technically a dog treat, try peanut butter, cheese, apples until you get something he enjoys.
2)gradually introduce the crate with the treat. Start by sitting near the crate and treat him when he comes over to it. Move closer and open the door, treat him when he comes to you by the open door. The start setting the treat just inside the door to the crate, and gradually place it further and further back. It may take a few days to get through all these steps, but it should help him get used to the crate and not freak out when its time to go in it. Once he’s going in it on his own, start making lots of positive associations with it- feed him in the crate, give him yummy treats etc so he sees it as a good place.
Post # 9
@MrsRuby: Oh that’s good that you guys are doing it when you are home!
Gosh he’s a picky boy on his treats….. Lol
Have you seen the frosty paws ice cream? Its doggie ice ream…..It’s sold in the freezer section in regular grocery stores? My dogs think its crack…. Lol
Post # 10
I have read that crating a severe separation anxiety dog is not a good idea, as they will injure themselves to get out of the crate. Sometimes other families get a second dog to keep the first dog company.
Is it real SA or is it just not used to a crate? I think the two are really different.
My friend has a SA dog and she has to tether him to a pole in the middle of the garage for his own safety. Only his bed and water nearby. She puts the cat in the garage to keep him company.
I suggest you read up on it as much as you can and even consult a behaviorist (not a trainer).
Some excellent articles:
EDIT TO ADD: Ok I see you didn’t say separation anxiety, just anxiety about the crate. RIght?
Post # 11
@weddingbound: never heard of dog icecream lmao ill def have to check it out!!! thanks! 😀
Post # 12
You can also feed him in his crate, our puppy we resuced picked up using his crate after a week. We started by slowly introducing it to him while we were home, sticking our hands in there and telling him/patting him saying “good boy” while he was still in the crate so he knew thats what he was getting praised for that. Its not an easy task, but he will pick it up.
Post # 13
I’ve never had a dog that I’ve had to crate. Does he get into something he shouldn’t if he’s left out? Why not try putting him into a room he’s comfortable with and can’t get in trouble in, then use a baby gate or something. This way he’s able to be comfortable.
Post # 14
@Nona99: LOLOL! Everytime you post I know I’m going to laugh.