removing the crate at night?
So, this will be my second question today.... yesh, I seem to be full of them! Anyways...
So, for the first 2-3 months we've had Foxy we have crated her at night, just to help her calm down and realize that it's time to go to sleep. However, I don't really like crating a dog if I don't have to. I would much prefer that she be able to walk around the house at night, get a drink of water (no food, it's usually gone by then anyways)...ect...ect. Well, when I first started to try to remove the crate, she would chase our two cats (14yo DSH and 6yo DSH/Ocicat mix), try to get into the cat box (put up a gate to keep her from getting in there), and left a litle "present" for us to find in the morning in the spare bedroom.
I don't know if it's just anxiety from her part or if I'm just not working her enough. She gets walked daily in the afternoon/evening. Taken to training classes every friday (petsmart, beginner and then going on to advanced), trained daily on sit, stay, lay (down), come, watch (focus), leave it, take it, and a few other commands). Given 2 Kongs in the evening so she can work out extra energy. I just can't figure out it. Any advice is welcome! Thanks.