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Dog Doesn't Like Its Crate

October 23, 2010

My 8 month old Morkie is already crate trained to sleep only. Now all of a sudden she hates it and barks till I take her out. She has a big enough crate and all she needs in there. She has been very good, but not for the past couple nights. I don't want to keep her in bed with me, or keep going to put her back, take her out and then outside and so on. Any suggestions.
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By Janette from Rockford, IL

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful
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The crate needs to be a place where she wants to be and where she feels at home, not a place she only goes at night. I would keep the crate door open during the day so she can go in and out at will and take daytime naps in there if she wants. You can encourage this at first by letting her see you place an occasional treat in there. If she has toys she especially likes, I would put them away and only keep one in her crate at a time, changing them out every day or 2, along with a couple of regular toys. I would lay special treats in her crate to 'surprise' her a couple of times a day. You can buy rubber toys that you fill with peanut butter, and dogs love them, they will chew on them for a long time trying to get the peanut butter out. Maybe the first night or 2 you could put that in her crate before you close it for the night.

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October 27, 20100 found this helpful
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I hate to point out the obvious, but sometimes you have to. Take it and clean it out really well and wash the bedding. Perhaps the pup had an accident in there! There is something about it making the pup unhappy.
I have 3 dogs and my male LOVES his crate and will often nag me to come close the door at night if he decides to go to bed earlier than me. The girls do get in moods where they aren't happy about them and I find usually just giving it a good scrubbing and freshening turns them around again after a time or two. I also will give them each a treat when they go in if any of them are having an issue with it and LOADS of praise.

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November 1, 2010

My dog is usually really good at going into his crate, but lately he will not go in. I really need help because he is not old enough to stay out of his crate by himself yet. Please help!

By sammy from Buffalo, NY

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November 1, 20100 found this helpful
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The crate has to be a place he wants to be, not a place he is forced to go. Place a special treat in his crate before you urge him to go in. My sister uses a little piece of braunschweiger, which dogs love. They also sell a rubber toy, you put peanut butter in it and dogs work a long time trying to get all of the peanut butter out. You can place one of those in there just before you put him in the crate. Don't forget to include a favorite toy, and change toys often.

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I am thinking it is probably a plastic crate. I would get a wire crate. If it is already a wire crate something might have happened to scare him in the crate.

Try a calming spray from drfostersmith, and see if it helps. Also, throw high value treats in there, get a kong and stuff it with something great, not just cheap treats but somethinhg that might cost a little more because there is real meat in it.

If you would like to contact me I can offer my advice, from having a few doggies that would not get in the crate at first. There are a lot of leerburg.com articles and podcasts regarding this technique. Looks as if some training is in order, like play clicker training, look for these articles on leerburg.com that deal with this, and watch this free podcast from that site also and see if it inspires you:

leerburg.com/dogtrainingpodcasts.htm


Blessings,

Robyn

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December 28, 2008

My dog goes to the bathroom on the rug while we are out. When we are home, he lets me know he needs to go out by going to the door. I only leave him alone for three hours at a time and make sure he eliminates before I leave. He's five months old so he should be able to "hold it" for that long.



People suggested I crate him because confining him to a small space will help since dogs don't want to go in the same place they eat or sleep. However, he is deathly afraid of the crate. He foams at the mouth and shakes intensely. I've tried conditioning him to like the crate for weeks but to no avail. He'll eat his food in there, but as soon as I close the door he freaks out. He was in a plastic crate but it was so hard to clean and every time I came home it was soiled and he was covered in poop.

I bought him a metal crate that has a divider for training and a removable tray for easy cleaning, but he figured out how to undo the metal clamps and get out of it!
How can I confine him without putting him in the crate? I live in an apartment so the only small room is the bathroom, but the last few times I left him in there he pooped and smeared it all over EVERYTHING. He managed to reach all my toiletries which even I have a hard time reaching, and got into all the soap and shampoo and smeared all that with poop too!

Has anyone had experience using a baby pen or something where you can restrict the dog to a small area, but they wont' necessarily get anxious from being confined? I have been struggling with this problem for two months and I need help!

Mary

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful
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First of all, there is nothing wrong with using crates for your pets. Some animals actually look to their crates as home. I had a similar problem with my Pit bull Puppy and I just had to slowly retrain her to be more accustom to the crate. Putting her in it while I was home for just like 5 minutes with her favorite toy and giving her, her favorite treat when she goes in. The urinating in the cage will stop over time, but I would say to keep working at it. Also some dogs think once they go in that crate they know you are leaving. So putting them in it while you are home will comfort them more.

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My 6 month old puppy hates his crate. He cries every night when we put him in it. He has gotten better though. He now only cries for 5-10 minutes (as opposed to an hour). I thought dogs were supposed to like their bed. We have never used it for punishment, we put his favorite toy in there with him and a few treats.

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