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how do I get this to stop? My 3 year old Eskie was adopted and he does fine in the crate at night when we are in the room with him and he knows it's time to sleep, but when we have to crate him to leave the house he knows and starts whining and crying and barking and howling. How do I get this to stop? He goes in just fine but when I lock it and walk away out of his sight he starts to cry. I try to make the crate a 'happy' place, and I don't use it as punishment, I just need it to be his room when we're not around to watch him.
Kinda reminds me of a little one who doesn't want to take a nap. He's obviously associating being in the crate at any time that's not bedtime with you disappearing - so information on curing separation anxiety might be what you're looking for. And I'm sure others here will have more specific advice - but I'm wondering whether it might be a good idea to try to condition him to spending time in the crate (other than bedtime) by putting him in frequently when it's not bedtime and supplying him with a couple of toys to relieve boredom - and after five minutes or so, leave the room for a few minutes - and then come back and greet him nonchalantly, but happily. Don't let him out yet - go away again after a few minutes for a little bit longer, and then come back and greet him again. Don't let him out of the crate if he's upset or crying - but when he settles down and seems to get that you're coming back again - let him out. Try this a few times a day for several days or weeks - and eventually, hopefully, crating won't seem to him to be the start of an interminable period of time separated from you.
Have you ever watched a dog in a car in the grocery store parking lot who's been left while his owner goes inside? The dog will not take his eyes off the last place he saw his beloved master, until he finally sees him/her coming back to the car. So - if you don't stay gone for too long, he should learn to wait patiently for you instead of panicking. Just a thought - I'm really only just learning about this crate training thing myself, but I think I read something about a similar solution somewhere and thought it sounded reasonable.
Last edited by Bella's Family; 08-29-2009 at 11:55 PM.
We used to put our dog in a crate when we left too and he would yelp and cry. I would say to make sure the crate is plenty big enough. I should be large enough for him to turn around easily and not hit his head on the top. We have a crate with soft vinyl like walls, with a cushy bed in it and windows. Also, play the Tv or music for him and give him a fluffy squeeky toy. I wouldn't suggest a rawhide because they could choke while you are gone. But you could give him a milkbone or something else little and easy to chew when he goes in. Good Luck!
I'd ignore it. Painful, yes, both for your ears and heart, but they should stop after some time. Giving in would make the dog think it's ok to whine.
We have a routine with Maddie every night--pet her, say goodnight, then go to bed. If we forget, sometimes she walks over to us and we pet her, say goodnight, and send her back to bed and she goes.
UGH lately he has taken a new behavior -- pooping in his crate while we are gone. I think he is doing it because of the anxiety, because he doesn't poop anywhere else and is trained to go outside to poop, so I'm guessing it is because of his anxiety. How do i stop that?? Same techniques as sep. anxiety?
That's unusual for a dog to pee or poop in their crate.
Do you keep music on? That may help. Calming music or country, or something. No rap or rock. Even the TV will help, on almost anything. (I wouldnt put on Animal Planet, though, in case your dog sees this and barks at the TV.) Make sure you kill the odor with those special dog sprays, so they don't smell that spot and think it's ok.