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Crating for seperation anxiety?

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First off, I am new to forums, but I have been lurking and reading for a while.

Hello, and my name is Matt.

Ok, so I just got my dog Zoe about 1.5 months ago or so. I adopted her from the pound and they estimate her age is in between 1.5-2 years old. I wasn't working when I originally got her, but now I have started up again. She has recently started eliminating on the floor. I take her out at least 5 times a day to go to the bathroom, and she gets plenty of exercise. The thing is that she will not go to the restroom if I leave her home with someone, but when people are all gone, she seems to always poop in my room. She if VERY attached to me, and I think it might be seperation anxiety. My roomate says that she paces between my bed and the door when I leave, and when I am around, she never leaves my heel. I have reprimanded her when she does poop, and I reward her when she goes outside.

Will crating help this? I work in 4 hours shifts, but she will go right after I take her out, and I will only be gone <2 hours. She knows she shouldn't because she tucks her tail and runs to her bed when I see it. She will also go sometimes when I am asleep.

I want to help her but I don't' know what else to do. I cant' help get mad at her, so I don't know how you guys let your dogs poop on the floor and not say anything to them.

Any and all help will be appreciated.

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Hi! Welcome.

I have a dog who is well crate trained. And let me tell you - it has been a life saver. Ludo is in his crate at night (it is where he sleeps) and anytime I am not home with him. Why? Because he is a pillow and book stealer. No amount of training has stopped this and so he is now crated when he cannot be supervised.

The key to a good crate is this: your dog must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down fully without hitting the crate. Mine of course had to be an XL because my dog is 90lbs (I can fit in the freaking thing!) yours will be much smaller. You don't want a crate that is too big because then your dog may just eliminate in the corner. Get one that is just the right size. Just big enough with a touch extra room for a few toys.

She may really hate the crate at first. I warded this off by feed Ludo in his crate. Whenever he went in on his own, he got a treat. Both meals were fed while in the crate. I started with the door open and eventually would feed him with the door shut and latched. He now goes into his crate whenever he is stressed and he can remain in it calmly and securely for hours.

It is not mean to crate a dog. It is mean to do nothing to help a dog become better behaved. It sounds like you really want to help your dog meet the house standards. That is a great start. With the right attitude, you can do wonders and you and your dog will have a long, wonderful relationship.
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