How to resolve destroying crate?
Ok, well maybe "destroying" isn't quite accurate but I honestly am not sure what to call it. Gretchen my foster is perfectly fine in the crate when I am home. However, when I leave for work she seems to go insane trying to get out. I have a really heavy duty Midwest wire crate and she's literally bent the bar below the door. That's heavy gauge 1/4" wire! She must be pawing the crap out of it or something... The paint is scratched off and she was able to displace the bar by over 3/4 of an inch. I mean- it was tough for me to bend it back straight with my own hands.
Here's my problem- she's still entirely inoperant. She won't offer behaviors, she has no concept of working for treats or toys, and she almost certainly won't come out of the crate at any rate that could be considered a game. I'm still having to lure her out of the crate with food in the morning to get her to go outside for the bathroom. And the luring usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes or so. In other words- for crate games I need her to be willing to come out and go into the crate at a fast rate- much more than once every 5 or 10 minutes...
How do you build value for being in a crate when the dog won't play crate games with you? How do you build value for... anything... when the dog is totally fearful of everything??
I feel kind of selfish because I've "banished" Gretchen to a slightly smaller crate (which is still adequate in size- though she can't stretch out) that the HS provided because I didn't want my expensive crate destroyed. Is that selfish??
[EDIT]- I've tried draping a blanket over the crate, but she pulled the blanket in (how in the world!?) and ripped it all up. So covering the crate does not seem to help...
[EDITx2]- She's so scared of everything- even the sound of a clicker scares her!
Sorry if this has been asked before. I'm not sure what to call this behavior. I don't think it's separation anxiety. I'm not sure if such a thing as "crate anxiety" exists but since she's ok in the crate when I am home- I'm not sure it's that either. Because I don't know what to call it- I had a hard time searching for threads on here...
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Last edited by wildo; 10-24-2011 at 03:31 PM.