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Old 12-19-2008, 04:43 AM   #1
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I never thought i would need so much help when i got a pup i didn't need this much help with my children that all came instinctively.

I have been leaving my pup in a crate for increased lenghts of time all week and she seemed to be settling well.i left he for the first time yesterday afternoon for an hour and a half on my return she had managed to collapse the crate and was sleeping in he kitchen with all he blankets covered in blood. She has no obvious cuts so i think the blood was coming from he mouth which now seems now to be fine. Lukily she didn't seem to destry anything. Where do i go from here do i carry on using the crate and hope she doesnt escape again or do i trust her and just confune her to the kitchen?

I am worried that she is a sign she is going to be destructive when i leave her on her own?

I am having second thoughts on my ability to do this and stating to wonder if i can get through this

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Old 12-19-2008, 06:43 AM   #2
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If you can lock her in a small room with an easy clean floor that would be great. That's where my dog sleeps. Have the crate in with her with the door open & comfy bedding. Cover the crate with an old blanket to make it seem like a cave. She will probably use it as a safe haven once she gets used to it.
Here's a link to some different ideas on crate training.http://www.dogstardaily.com/search/node/crate+training
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The crate doesn't work with all dogs, it needs to be conditioned from a very early age and obviously your pup is getting stressed by it.

My collie (who was also an outside dog when I rehomed her) cannot be shut into a crate, she goes nuts and gets really upset. She doesn't like being confined like that. She has a crate but the door is always open.

I agree with April, try and create a 'safe zone' in your home where you can leave her. She has now had a bad experience of the crate which will negate its purpose. The crate is only of use when the dog associates it with safety and calm, not as a punishment (which she might now see it as).

You can get indoor pens which you could use around the crate to give her space to wander around, but not so much that she will mess up the rest of the house.
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Just had another thought after reading Mel's reply. If you want to perservere with a crate maybe get a hard plastic one. She may not associate it with the metal one.
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Another thought after april has said that, my dog has a canvas crate not a metal one. It is completely dark inside it as it doesn't have the chicken wire type metal and I've stuffed cushions and blankets so it is her 'hidey-hole'. I don't shut the door, but it is dark and enclosed enough for Simba to feel safe in it. It is light and in no way would hurt if it collapsed - not that it ever has.

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It's really handy as it is easily transportable out to the car, and if we stay away we take it with us so she has her safe place.

It's really important that the dog learns the crate is there for a hidey-hole/den before you even contemplate shutting the door.

Don't feel bad that you're a bit overwhelmed, I've been there. It sounds like the basics are there for a wonderful dog and what you put in now you will get back many times over. She just needs you to teach her what makes you happy.
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We went with the baby pen Idea with Cai when he was a pup, putting the pen around the crate so he had more room, it seemed to work really well! If he went into the crate, we didnt touch him till he came out of his own accord which helped him so learn that that was HIS place to go and be safe and quiet, and not something to be afraid of.

We gave him tons of toys as well, so that if he did want to chew there was always something he could grab that didnt matter about getting damaged.

Try putting the radio on if you lever her in, it tends to clam them down as they think someones still about

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