Crate Training? How?
I adopted a 7 month old white GS on Sunday, from a family that seemed to be inconsistend in his training although I do think they meant well. I've made good progress so far with his fear of people, barking at new ppl coming to the door, his skittishness with other dogs, and have established myself as the leader.
What I think I will have the biggest challenge with is the crate training. Admittedly the dog will be along for up to 8 hours per day (usually 6-7), and so I want to implement the crate as the pervious owners told me that he destroyed there couch after just being alone for a couple hours.
So far, the first night of the crate (Monday night) he cried until 4am, and today (tuesday) he was put in his crate for about 2 hours, and not only tore up his bed that I got from the previous owners, but he dented the front of the crate trying to force his way out to the point where he scraped his nose good. I did spend time today before heading to work making the crate seem as positive as possible, and I did not allow him out of his crate when I got home until he was in a calm state, lying down.
Should I expect this to be several days or weeks of training for the crate, and any other tips that you have used for a dog that may have seperation anxiety?
Thanks Everyone in advance.