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Kratos doesn't like his crate, at first we figured it was just the normal "I don't want to be in here!" Of a puppy, and after silencing him and trying our best we always released him when he was quiet and relaxed. However the crate now causes him anxiety and he has the beginning of separation anxiety. Poor boy FLIPS out and loses his mind when we leave him behind (i was in the shower and he freaked out like i had died).

We are talking to a trainer who specializes in anxieties in dogs to help him with this. But man it was unexpected. The sound he makes reminds me of something tyring to kill him.

Top it off my neighbour freaked out at me about it. And told me that if I don't stop beating my dog he'd send me to court! I am crying and shaking. I would never NEVER willingly hurt an animal. I get upset if I even HEAR of animal cruelty. I love my babies as though they're my children.

I've been told by the vet that GSD are notorious for being a bit more high strung. But am wondering if its not ME. As usually its the person NOT the dog.
 

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SA can be sooo trying to get through. When I first adopted my weimaraner, she had separation anxiety in a major way. Two crates, a few thousands of dollars worth of damage within the first two weeks (not exaggerating), and a lot of patience, dedication, education, and some time later, I rarely remember those days.

Good idea getting the specialist! Exercise, consistentcy, training and a whole lot of patience got us through it.

It's been four years, now, and a co-worker just commented yesterday she's a completely different dog. (oh, it didn't take the whole four years!)

Hang in there :)
 

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A trainer is a good idea, I hope they can pinpoint and help

As for your neighbor invite them over and show them you're not hurting the dog, hopefully seeing the behaviour first hand will help them understand. Reiterate again and again you're aware of the issue and working on it actively with a trainer and that you realize it's a disturbance but you truly appreciate their patience. Hopefully that will help pacify them, adding your stress or fear of what the neighbors could do on top of what the puppy is already trying to work through is something not helpful
 

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The neighbour just grumbled. Apparently the reason they freaked out was they were woken up (they work nights). So I apologized profusely about that. It wasn't my intention, hence why I tried crating during the day when the least amount of people would be affected.

But I appreciate it. I was kinda upset earlier I felt like I was failing his training until I talked to the special trainer who stated its not completely my fault, and that he can be rehabilitated to a better state.
 

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Is he a shelter dog or a pup from a breeder?

When I got my pup he flipped his **** when we started crate training, it was bad cause I felt like **** for training him and him whining because my dad works days so he sleeps at night, and my mom works nights, so she sleeps during the days. I had no real time to let him bark it out. Even worse, I go to work at 5am, which is two hours before my dad wakes up an hour before my mom comes home from work. But we all figured that a week or two of sleepless nights is worth it in the end.

He hated the thing so much he didnt want to be in it even when I was there. I didn't shower unless my mother was awake and I could leave him with her I had to leave the bathroom door open while I peed so he knew I was still there (he peed when he thought I left him) I put a shirt that I had worn for a day in the crate and sat with him for a bit before walking away for five minutes at a time, only coming back when he was quiet.

Are you crating him in your bedroom or in the living room or kitchen? Im going to assume you're crating him away from the bedroom.
I started crating in my room and had to move to the living room so I could take him on potty breaks easier. It made it a bitch to get him to sleep the night because he was so used to me sleeping beside him.

I eventually used it to my advantage and I slept on the couch for a couple days so he knew I was there, I watched TV and eventually fell asleep. A few days later I watched TV and waited for him to fall asleep and I mean a deep sleep where he's snoring or dreaming or something, then I tip toed my ass to my room, if he woke up and whined then I had to ignore him. As much as I hated it, I had to ignore it.
 

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He's from a breeder. Sadly we're pretty sure its more than the normal puppy reluctance to be seperated and crated (that normally happens). Because when I go for a shower and I'm alone he'll flip his lid and try to crawl up the walls to find me. Even if I poke my head out and call him over to the shower he freaks out if he can't see me.

We started with the crate in the bedroom. Started the usual way I coaxed him in with the door open, and gave him some of his kibble (as we were having issues with him not eating his food that he was eating at the breeders), and lavished him in praise. We got that down to the T where he'll even eat in his kennel and enjoys being in his kennel with it open.

Close the door, and he gets anxious, he starts to yowl and you tell him 'No noise". When he's silent you can offer him kibble or treats and he won't even see them, its like he's hyperfocusing on the fact he's locked up.

Finally if you leave him alone (which I was contemplating having to do because I can't take time offand he has to be alone for a few hours a day) he just flips his lid even further.

He bent some of the wires in his kennel, screamed like he was being murdered and just generally went into an all out panic. 1/2 an hour of being alone he had escalated to the point where he actually barfed.
 
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