She's adorable and I feel so badly for her. I would just give it up in the house. If she's happy without it, who cares? As far as the car, you can give her Rescue Remedy. It's a holistic, natural calmer. Many people use it for dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks etc. I've never had to use it so I don't know the amounts to give but I know it's a very small bit as in most holistic formulas. You could find someone on-line who sells it and ask them. Or if you have a holistic vet near you, they would know & probably sell it. (07/30/2008)
She is afraid to have that happen to her again. I would try for a bigger crate. Also, never ever punish a dog by putting it in the crate. They consider this their safe haven. I work for an animal rescue and have for the past 5 yrs. I have 5 dogs. One of my dogs hated the crate. She would foam at the mouth, so we don't confine her. Once my dogs got older, the crate was just left open and used for a bed. Good Luck. (07/30/2008)
It sounds as if maybe you're not letting go of the thought that she might get hurt again. You have to let this go. Check your energy when you're around the crate or when you're trying to get her used to the crate again. Also, when you tried comforting her while she was in a fearful state, all you did was reward this type of behavior and confirm that there actually is something to be afraid of. Just act matter of fact, and let go of any painful memories you have regarding her injury. Dogs live in the moment. They do not dwell on things that happened in the past. But humans certainly do. Also, do not "feel bad" for her. You cannot help someone by feeling sorry for them. You have to be confident and calm assertive. (08/24/2008)
If you are potty training and she isn't soiling her crate, keep using the crate at night. You are the human, she is the dog. If she is completely potty trained and through the chewing stages, you can keep her in a room instead of the crate. The earlier you give her the freedom, the longer you'll regret what she can't help, which is soiling your carpets and chewing your furniture. That is the safest place for her. Maybe take the blankets off because she might like to see out. (08/28/2008)
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