My Dog Hates Me... :( - Jessie T. Wolf — LiveJournal
My Dog Hates Me... :(|
|Date:||April 11th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)|| |
I never use the crate as a punishment. Originally, when I was still living in Toronto, I'd put her in her crate whenever nobody was home. Couldn't leave her unattended with the other dogs (BIG time fights) and even if she was just confined to the kitchen, she is the type that would have accidents in the house. She has separation anxiety, and freaks out when she is left alone. So I started crating her, but found out that she would bark continuously while we were gone, and by the time I got home she would quite literally be sitting in a puddle of her own drool. She would also chew the sides of her crate.
Here, again, I have to crate her when no one is home, but because we are renting and share this house with our landlord, I am trying to eliminate her constant barking by helping her to like her crate. So I've had her start a brand new routine, since the very first day we came here, even when we were in the last apartment. New environment = new routine.
I started feeding her in her crate at every mealtime to associate the crate with food. 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.
It is very disheartening, but I can’t leave her out. I have to think about Tim's dogs as well, and Zena can't be left out with them, unsupervised.