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Old 09-01-2007, 05:02 PM   #1
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Sorry I just wanted to get his into a new thread

I got a 10 week old Bichon Frise pup on Friday...he's very well behaved.

The only thing i'm worried about is his cage... he goes mad, he was in last night and made some puppy whimpering sound and howell... he didn't settle for a good hour so i moved the crate into my room but left him in there, he was still whimpering but went to sleep after about 45min.

Then today i had to drop my friend off at the station which is about 15 min away, so i put web cam on and had mum watch him to see what he did....

he cried for a bit, then laid down then after about 10 min starting going bezerk running around, biting the side trying to get his head through the bars etc

I'm worried now, on monday i have to go to work, and can't bring him (unless I sweet talk my manager)...

If i leave him in the cage I'm afraid he'll injur himself, the other option is to leave the cage door open and have him wander around (assuming i've covered up the tv cable etc.

He just seems more relaxed if he can come in and out of his cage, and actually when the door is left open he goes in there to eat etc.

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I would buy a couple of those rubber kongs and stuff it with some of his kibble or some treats and a bit of peanut butter or cheese wiz and freeze them. Then when you leave to go to work give him one with a couple of chew toys ... He will then associate your leaving with a yummy special treat and soon settle down.

You could also leave a T-shirt or something you've worn in the crate with your pup so that your scent is there and that can help comfort her as well.

Keep us updated on how it goes.

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wow thats a toughie...sorry i cant really help u there...
oh wait...you know what might help a little...put a blanket over his crate so he cant see to the outside.
I had to do it for some issues with my oldest pup and it worked COMPLETELY!!!
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Thankyou, I might try them tommorrow ... plenty of hiding outside this weekend lol.

Personally I'd like to bring him with me everywhere lol but think i'll regret that when he's older

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Do you leave the radio on or some music for him?
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Forgot about the radio ... I have always left it on for my dogs.

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Music can be very relaxing for dogs, so it could really help settle him. I visited a rehoming centre last year and in the kennel section and cat section they played music and the radio, they told me it really made a differnce compared to when they didn't play anything before.
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Oh thankyou i will turn the radio on, I put a blanket over the cage to see if the dark would calm him down... he didn't go mad still whimpered but now he's completely silent...

which scares me more... eurgh!

I can't imagine what i'd be like if i had children eak

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Is there any way you could lock him in a laundry or bathroom with the open crate, water etc. I've never used a crate & locked puppies in 'their' room when I went out. Admittedly it wasn't all day, but it always worked. They still sleep there today at 14 & 7 yrs.
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Sorry I just wanted to get his into a new thread

I got a 10 week old Bichon Frise pup on Friday...he's very well behaved.

The only thing i'm worried about is his cage... he goes mad, he was in last night and made some puppy whimpering sound and howell... he didn't settle for a good hour so i moved the crate into my room but left him in there, he was still whimpering but went to sleep after about 45min.

Then today i had to drop my friend off at the station which is about 15 min away, so i put web cam on and had mum watch him to see what he did....

he cried for a bit, then laid down then after about 10 min starting going bezerk running around, biting the side trying to get his head through the bars etc

I'm worried now, on monday i have to go to work, and can't bring him (unless I sweet talk my manager)...

If i leave him in the cage I'm afraid he'll injur himself, the other option is to leave the cage door open and have him wander around (assuming i've covered up the tv cable etc.

He just seems more relaxed if he can come in and out of his cage, and actually when the door is left open he goes in there to eat etc.
He shouldn't be able to even come anywhere close to being able to put his head through the bars. It sounds like the crate is far too big for him.

With a vari kennel he would feel more secure since he wouldn't feel trapped yet exposed. There also wouldn't be anything he could get his teeth into.

You might also want to consider setting up an exercise pen for him in a safe area where he'd feel less confined.

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