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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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whining and scratching the floor of the crate

So our night routine is to put Blitz in his crate before we put the kids to bed. Blitz just turned 6 months old. So after his last walk and potty break we put him in his crate around 9:30 or 10:00 with his peanut butter Kong. He happily enters his crate and starts licking his Kong. After I secure the door and pull the cover over the crate he is usually good for 15 to 20 minutes until he finishes the Kong. Then the whining and scratching the floor of the crate starts. It sounds like he is trying to dig to China. We always ignore him and it usually only last 15 to 30 minutes. Is this just a puppy phase or is there something we can do to curb this behaviour? On the plus side we have not had to cut his nails yet as he files them down with his scratching of the crate floor
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Sounds like you're handling correctly....don't acknowledge his behavior in the crate at all and yes given time he'll out grow it
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My girl will do that occasionally, I just ignore or yell at her to knock it off, lol.. She goes right back to sleep.. But it is a phase, and he obviously does not mind being in the crate. He may be trying to 'fluff' up his bedding but kennels are tight in maneuverability
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I understand why some people cover a crate, but you might try leaving the cover off so he can see what is going on or if its dark, not feel so enclosed.
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