I'm just wondering if there are dogs that don't like being crated. I have read a lot about crating and dogs, but it all seems to indicate that dogs should love having a crate. My dog definitely does not. At first, I wasn't sure if it was SA, but I think it may be the crate. This is the best conclusion that I can reach. Ok, here is some background on the situation:
When I first adopted Molly, she was 4 months old. After the first 2 months, she didn't spend much time in the crate anymore because she seemed to hate it and just wasn't adapting to it at all. She would drool, whine, and paw at the door for hours. At first, I figured it was normal puppy behavior and she would eventually get used to it if I ignored her. I did all the things you're supposed to do: feed her meals in the crate, only give her special treats and toys in the crate and take them away when she came out, and ignore her if she cried while in the crate. It didn't make any difference, she still hated being in it. When she came out of the crate, she would be soaked with drool. I felt horrible. So one day when she was about 6 months old, I left her at home out of the crate by herself for about 1/2 hr to see how she reacted. When I came home, she had chewed the frames on my bedroom door and the back door and she had pooped in like 3 different places. She greeted me frantically when I came home. I tried it again about a month later, and the exact same thing happened, except this time she also shredded some paper and got one of my favorite leather purses and pooped inside it. I actually thought it was hilarious when I saw that because it was almost like she had done that to get me back for leaving her. I know that's not true, but it was funny. Due to this behavior and her behavior in the crate, I thought she had some mild to moderate SA. So if I need to be gone for 2 or 3 hours, I have always left her in her crate, but I really avoid putting her in it if I can. If I plan on being gone longer than that, I take her to daycare.
So fast forward to now. Molly is 15 months old and still hates the crate with a passion. So I decided to leave her out of it and see how she does when I leave. I left her kong stuffed with goodies, some chew toys, and also a treat dispensing toy for good measure. I didn't know what I would encounter when I came home, so I was pretty nervous when I came back about 45 minutes later. Imagine my surprise when I came in and the house was still intact! She was fine, no drooling, no accidents, no chewing the door frames, and the couch was uneaten! Her kong was cleaned out and it was obvious she was chewing on her toy, but that was it. I have since done this 2 more times, and the last time was for about 2 hours. No problems yet.
Also, because of what I thought was SA, I have done some training with her focused on that. I leave for different lengths of time, then come back. When I come home, I ignore her for about 20 minutes afterwards even though she is jumping all over me for most of that time. I have also left her in the crate when we're home so she doesn't just associate the crate with us leaving. She is still very much a velcro dog when I'm home.
So here is my question: Was it just a case of puppy can't be trusted to be alone at home out of the crate? Maybe she just needed to grow out of it and is now mature enough to be alone free from the crate. But if that's the case, she still displays the same frantic behavior while in her crate, even if it's only for a few minutes. Are there dogs who just don't like being crated no matter what kind of crate training you did?