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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Issues with his own room

Jaeger is 6 months old and is crated each day while my husband and I are away at work. (M through F). He's in the crate 4 hrs. at a time tops. He doesn't urinate or deficate in his crate at all. We have a spare bedroom that my husband shared with him up until this weekend. He slept in his crate and my husband in a bed. His trainer suggested we sleep seperately from him to help from now on to help break him of his seperation anxiety issues. We made the room 100% puppy-proof and let him stay in there alone with the crate door open and the door to the room closed. He was good Saturday night and didn't potty anywhere. Sunday night he cried a lot and jumped at the door. He also pooped on the floor. He was let out right before bed and did a 1 and 2 so I know it was from the SA. Should I keep him in his own room but back in the crate with the door closed? Should I just be patient and stick it out?
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Instead of closing the door could you just put a baby gate up?

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We tried that but he manages to make his way over. He's a little Houdini like that. Even extra tall gates don't stop him.
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Why not wait until he's more mature to do this at all?

He's still a puppy. My dogs still stay in the room with me at night at 5 and 10 years old. Why separate them when they know you are still in the house? Different when I really leave for the day...

Just seems like extra stress when there are other training issue I like to work on .

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The reason I'm trying this is because I was urged to by the vet and trainer. He has separation issues. This is supposed to help make him more independent. We did crate him for sleep last night and he didn't make a peep. He's an amazing pup with everything else. He's in the advanced training class and we'll be trying a tracking class next. I'm a proud mama!
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the pup has been trained to have this person beside them .
the house changed around the dog , made the dog central instead of the dog finding his place.

"We have a spare bedroom that my husband shared with him up until this weekend. He slept in his crate and my husband in a bed "

people don't do this for their children !

a mind-healthy dog has to be close and bonded and be good and secure and learn to by himself .

now the problem is the dog expects what he is used to , now has to un-learn .

wherever you want that dog to be , set up the crate , put the dog in .

don't make a huge fuss putting him in and don't make a huge fuss when you let him out . don't make a scene like he has been rescued off a stranded island. that creates anticipation. make it normal , keep it normal. there shouldn't be much contrast in your behaviour before or after .

put the dog in even when you are there . don't bring out when he is objecting .

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