I'm wondering why she eats her meals in her crate? My husband and I both work full time. We're up with him at 6:00 a.m. when he goes out, plays and eats his breakfast until I leave around 7:30 a.m. We have a neighbor who comes over 3x day to let him out, feed him lunch and play with him. I get home around 5....take him out, walk him for an hour, do some training with him [at home] and he eats dinner. While we eat dinner, if he's too attentive to us and our food, we put him in a time out [no crate though]. We do this by having his leash on a hook which limits his ability to walk around. He is 7 months old and still learning commands so the time out re-enforces to stay away from our food. I have also trained him to "settle" [lay down] when I want him calm. We've learned that enough exercise is directly related to how "wild" he behaves...when he doesn't get enough, he's all over but when he's had enough, he really listens and obeys our commands.
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