While puppies will normally chew on objects much more than grown up dogs, they still may eat or chew anything when you're not around. And they also DIGG!
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How long has this been going on? This sounds like a bit of separation anxiety. Try crating him for shorter intervals while you are at home, when he starts fussing simply tell him "quiet", leave the room for a few minutes (5 or 10) then return and praise him if he has been quiet. Once he can stay there for 5 to 10 minutes quietly increase the time. Then gradulaly begin leaving him in the crate and leaving the house for short intervals of time. I know this sounds very time consuming but if you work with him everyday it should improve his anxiety. Your basically trying to train him to understand that you always come back. Good luck!
Also, speak s-l-o-w-l-y to the dog when you tell him to be quiet. Try to have a calming voice. You can also leave the crate open during the day with toys so the dog comes to view it as a safe spot rather than a spot where it will have to be when you are gone. You can also put a radio on a talk station while you are gone -- or a tv so long as it doesn't have a program with a lot of screaming or screeching cars.
We are also having this problem with our lab. The lab has no problem being in the crate when we are there...she's destroyed a black wire crate and two molded plastic crates -- help! She's also hurting her mouth and nose with her actions. If I leave her uncrated, she destroys things in the house, if I leave her in the yard, she digs holes. Help!
The first order would be a suggestion for a brand of crate that is more indescructible...any ideas?
Our setter is on his fifth crate... not only does he break the bars to get out, he warps the entire metal structure. He can also open the cam locks and any other clip system other than o-rings around the bars.
Now - here's the kicker... his separation anxiety is so severe that he's already on Clomicalm to help him deal with his issues! The retraining isn't really helping, because we can't stay home for long enough to get through the retraining without having to crate him at some point so he doesn't wreck our house and soil our carpets!
We just try to be patient and keep repeating that he's not doing it on purpose.
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I use this type of crates for my dogs. all of mine are over at least 8 yrs old. And, are still sturdy. They have held these dogs! It should help keep them contained along with controlling the seperation issues.
142lbs. Belly hated being in a crate.
139lbs.Paco also hated it!
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