|10-20-2013 08:50 PM|
@ Jakoda - He was not crated at previous home, due to wife's disability she was home 24/7 with him which I'm sure is not helping the current situation. We've had him 3 weeks today, surprisingly we never had any issues getting him used to the idea of the crate being a good place, he willingly goes in when I walk by to see if he'll get a treat out of it. From what I can tell, he's quiet when I leave the house and quiet when I return but only God and the cats know what he's doing in between. I suspect he's howling based on the nights when we are home. I'm not opposed to bringing the crate to the first floor, it's certainly worth a try.
@ Shade - Like I said to Jakoda, we really never had any problems getting him inside the crate, he's never been afraid of it and even after the stints where he HOWLS for hours, he readily goes back in the next time I say "Stu Crate", gets his treat and sits there quietly until I'm too far away (i.e. in bed) and then howls. We also always leave the TV on, usually music but it makes zero difference in his behavior while in the crate or even outside the crate.
He's very attached to me, even if I get up from one room to go to the next with the intention of returning to the original room he gets up and attends the "event" with me. In the crate he's calm and lying down relaxed when I get to it after the hours of howling but I'm not sure what position he's in when the howling is occurring...it probably wouldn't hurt to set up a camera to see the events unfolding....
|10-20-2013 08:20 PM|
I find keeping a strict schedule helps the dog settle in, it does take a few days though.
Dogs follow patterns, so make a ritual and follow it each time for crating. My ritual for crating the dogs is, get a treat and divide it into two, call the dog over and toss one of the treats into the crate. When the dog goes into the crate then they get the second treat, a quick pat, the door gets closed and it's time to leave. No fuss, just a "see you later." Now when the dogs hear me get a treat and I start heading for the crates they beat me there and wait inside the crate for their treats, so it's a good thing to go into the crate. You can use a stuffed kong to keep them focused on that for a good 30 minutes and by the time they're finished they should hopefully be relaxed enough to sleep
Playing quiet music like classical or even talk shows to give the dogs something soothing to listen to can help.
If the dog really hates the crate then work on it slowly (as much as time allows) where the dog is crated for 5 minutes and treated regularly if they're quiet, then push to 10 minutes. Eventually leaving the room for short periods of times and coming back and treating the quiet then leaving again.
Also, make sure the dog is good and tired before crating. Make sure they have plenty of exercise and a good potty break before putting them away, so they're more likely to relax and rest.
|10-20-2013 08:10 PM|
do you know if he was crated in his previous home?
How long have you had him?
Strange that he shuts up if he hears you on the first floor, I would "think" hearing you moving around would get him going vs quiet..
Can you put his crate on the 1st floor instead of the basement?? I know you said your bedroom isn't feasible, but maybe try the 1st floor , even if its only temporary..
Have you left him home alone? Same behavior in the crate? (just wondering if you can hear him carrying on when you leave, or how is he when you return??)
|10-20-2013 07:58 PM|
16 Month Old Pup Losing His Mind When We Leave...Please Advise!!
Hi all! My husband and I adopted a 16 month old male GSD from a family who couldn't care for him anymore (wife became disabled and it was too much for them). He's already house trained, knows basic commands and is generally a joy to have around....
EXCEPT when we're sleeping or not home....he destroys ANYTHING. I know he's still a puppy, even though at 90lbs it's hard to remember that sometimes! I love him to pieces but the house destruction is just too much for me. We got a crate before getting him and placed it in our (finished) basement, nice fluffy bed, tons of toys, Kong filled with delightful fillings but as soon as we put him in the crate and slip under the covers of the bed it's all over...the incessant whining begins and continues for HOURS and I really mean HOURRRSS (last night was 4 hours, my husband is a cop working nights, was off last night and stayed up until about 5am, so from 5-9am the dog was just howling).
I've tried to read a lot of threads on here about this behavior but it all seems to either be small puppies (i.e. a couple months old) or a situation where if the owner lets the dog roam free he/she doesn't cause any damage but this is not how our situation is going...in the crate he is upset and outside the crate he's upset and destructive.
We have three cats that I've blocked off the 2nd floor for so putting the crate in our bedroom is really not what we want to do, plus our bedroom really just can't fit anything else especially a large crate.
However, as soon as he hears people moving around on the 1st floor from the basement he's quiet as a mouse, doesn't make a peep. When I go to the basement he's lying calmly in the crate, again not making a peep. I'm assuming this is a serious separation anxiety issue but I don't really know how to go about fixing it without losing my mind and sleeping on the basement couch every night so he doesn't eat everything in sight.
I've been reading about the Rescue Remedy...is this safe to give him and will this really make a difference in his behavior? I've also put a dark blanket over the crate to make it more den-like...should I also be covering the front/door to the crate? We leave the TV on...have tried both regular TV and music stations, neither seem to make a difference.
ANY tidbits of advice would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks!!