Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern Ontario
Crate training a Trauma Dog (rescue)
Lil is estimated to be 4 yrs old.
She may (or may not) have been raised in a shelter
She has no training, no manners, not housebroken
I started slow and calm, she went in on own, laid in it. Didn't close door
Next time lured her in closed it and hung around, did dishes, made dinner etc. No issue
Next time I lured her in, spent 15 mins of so doing stuff, going in and out of kitchen (where crate is)...then I went out for 2 hrs. Came home all was calm
Next time same routine....went out for 5 hrs. Signs she had some issues...crate was moved 6" and pulled table runner and pushed chair that was near
Next time got harder to get her in...but did, except home, mowed lawn, made dinner, ate in other room while she was in crate. No sounds
Two of the times I left she shredded bedding.
Bought her kong treat dispenser
Then this past Friday, started new job. I woke to her honking kinda cough...I am in panic. I also step in pee, so my morning is mess...Friend was coming at 1pm to walk her and spend time with. She came for 930 am.
Lil would not go near her all day (no more coughing)
Sunday, work....had to force her into crate. No choice, wouldn't fall for treats. Friend was coming for 1pm. Got here. Lil had unlatched the top (not bottom), bent the frame a bit and squeezed out.
She was on the sofa when friend arrived.
She now has separation anxiety, and crate trauma.
I have to work today.
She is being kenneled at the vet for the day. Vet called this morning and offered an adapto (sp.?) collar...if they have in stock that will go on her. If not, tomorrow.
I am off next two days, then work Fri, Sat, Sun,...will be gone 9 hrs each day
I need to make the most of next two days....HELP!!!!
(note: I also bought lavender spray - from a lavender farm, not some commercial product...and I am going to start Ashwagandha)
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