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April 10th, 2007
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My Dog Hates Me... :(

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From:delphinios
Date:April 11th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure how well it works, and I'm by no means as experienced in animal training and behavior as you are, so take my few suggestions as "stupid stuff that Delphi would do in that situation" ;)

What I'm thinking is perhaps a lack of a "safe place" to retreat to when she's scared or something's stressing her. For the black lab I've had around for a while, her safe place is a beanbag that she'll run to and sit on. When she's there, there's nothing bad that happens to her. If she has to be punished, (say, for peeing in the house), I'll remove her from the beanbag and take her some distance away from it before reprimanding her. Then she runs back to it to pout. The few times I've had to put her in a crate. It's been set next to the beanbag, where she can see it.

Also, a perhaps silly idea would be trying a bit of standard reconditioning. Push the boundries of the fear-based bahavior, such as (CAREFULLY!) moving your hand quickly towards her when presenting a treat. Associate an object or place for reprimand (such as a specific leash used when she's been "bad" - leather if you usually use nylon, or vice versa).

As for her crate, have you tried putting her food and water in it, and leaving the door open? Get her used to having to go into it to eat and drink, so that it doesn't scare her anymore?

The first rule I've always been taught in animal training is consistency. But, like I said, you're far more experienced with this then I am. *HUGS*

Good luck, and I hope it all works out.
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 11th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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"As for her crate, have you tried putting her food and water in it, and leaving the door open? Get her used to having to go into it to eat and drink, so that it doesn't scare her anymore?"

(Part of this answer is copied from a previous answer I gave to someone else...)

Yep, started feeding her in her crate from day one after the move to associate the crate with food/good things. She will eat much easier in her crate now, especially when I leave the door open (she will actually go in on her own when she sees me get her food bowl). But sleeping in her crate she still has some issues with. Granted she is not barking her head off, but she will pant for hours, before finally going to sleep (a sign of anxiety). She will growl (sometimes - not always) when I approach her while she is in her crate. I believe the reason for this is because she feels confined/threatened and can't escape, and so she becomes defensive.

Thank you for your advice, Delphi. :) I will look at everything that folks have suggested, and see what I can do. *hugs* Thank you for your support!
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