|09-08-2013 10:26 AM|
start crating him for short periods of time. build up to 5 or 6 hours.
find someone to come in to let him for a break.
|09-08-2013 04:56 AM|
|Altdeutscher||Just experimented with a new walking routine. took 1 hour and 23 minutes round trip. I think doing this every morning will be helpful|
|09-06-2013 10:40 AM|
|kiya||6 hours isn't horrible. Deffinately get into a routine of excercising before you leave. When I had puppies I kept them confined in my puppy-proofed kitchen, but it was for around 8 hours. None of my dogs turned out to be neurotic.|
|09-06-2013 10:16 AM|
I agree that it's more important what happens when you are home to EXERCISE, train, socialize and wear your dog out. That way when he's crated he's more likely to calm down fast and chill to nap.
I wouldn't have any problems with still giving a stuffed kong or whatever. Specially cause that's normal and what he's used to.
Have you tried leaving the radio or tv on for him?
|09-06-2013 10:01 AM|
|Clyde||Have you ever tried to crate him without the extra treats while you are home and teach him to relax in the crate. Wait out the barking and when he lays down or relaxes let him out. Much easier to teach this with you at home even in the same room just sit on the couch and and wait him out. I think some dogs who only go in the crate when their person leaves and get a big treat to distract them never really learn to deal with being crated and learn to relax.|
|09-06-2013 09:24 AM|
|Chip Blasiole||I believe if people have to crate a dog while they are at work, they shouldn't have a dog. The dog needs at least a decent size run of six feet high fencing and ideally a fenced in yard. It is not fair to the dog. In addition to poor breeding, it is no surprise that there are so many posts about people's neurotic dogs when they are crated for hours at a time. That is not how a dog is supposed to live, especially an active breed.|
|09-06-2013 08:28 AM|
Exercising him before so he's very tired is probably the best idea. I leave music or the tv on for mine when crated and seems to help to have some sound. My other suggestion would have been a kong toy but you're already on that. Good luck!
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|09-06-2013 08:19 AM|
Starting work next week - Crating the dog!
I am starting work in 1 week from today.
I am going to have to start crating my 7 month old GSD for 6 hours a day, Monday through Friday. He has been crated a lot before, but 5 hours was always our max. He is definitely not a fan of being left alone, so I am worried about having to start crating him on a regular basis.
When I put him in the crate to run errands or something, he jumps right in because he knows the crate means special chew bones and frozen kongs filled with goodies. However, my neighbor says she can hear him barking whenever he's crated (I guess once the kong's goodness has run out). She's not complaining, but I worry that putting him in there 5 times a week for 6 hours may start causing a problem.
Can I please get some suggestions on how to make the crating an even BETTER experience for him that will last 6 hours? I would just keep him loose in the house, but he has been known to be destructive when left alone in the house for TOO long.
Should I just wear him out every morning before I leave? Or is there more I can do?
I'm sort of hoping that this will become "routine" for him after awhile and he won't mind it anymore, but if it's anxiety, I don't know.