walking away from the crate

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So I just got my new puppy this past Sunday and in only 2 days she's embraced her crate as her safe spot and after a little grumbling will gladly pass out for her naps. Now here is where my issue lies. If I move away from her side and out of sight for more than a minute she goes nuts and starts to panic. I know this is typical for a new pup, but I wanted to know how to start moving away from her for longer periods of time without her starting to hate her crate or having her feel like I trapped her in there. Any tips would be super helpful!

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Sometimes you can give them a super special (but safe) crate treat. A KONG stuffed with peanut and/or banana and then frozen will be tasty and keep her occupied. I'm convinced my last pooch was happy to see me leave because he knew it was KONG time.

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This is where we are at... seems to be worse if we are in the house doing things other than looking after puppy, than going out?

Its also better some days than others. I believe it will be a case of persistance. But I will say this, whenever he comes out, we check he will go back in and he always will!

Do you wait for him to calm down before you let him out, if hes going nuts?

NP

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I'm having the same issue with my pup. He goes nuts if I walk away.I have found if I cover the crate with a very thin sheet to make den like he calms down a lot quicker. Downside is I'm now having to cover the crate during the day.

Are we talking about crates or wire cages?

Somewhere within that genetic make up of the dog, a more enclosed confinement device seems to be more comforting to the dog. Dogs are, well used to be, den animals. Wild canidae will have their litters in holes, caves, hollowed out trees and such (dens). These dens aren't all that roomy either. So for my puppies I have several crates of different sizes to suit the dog as it grows. The puppy and grown dogs only need enough room to stand, turn around and lay down. Now these are the plastic travel, airline approved type crates and not wire cages.

If you have a wire cage, try covering the cage with a blanket or something to make it seem more enclosed. The puppy doesn't need or want that sense of openness. If you're using a plastic type crate, do not open the door when the puppy is protesting. In fact don't open the door to the wire cage either. If you do the puppy will learn how to open the door by complaining. Ignore the the protesting all together. To offer soothing words is just like rewarding the behavior with treats. You want the puppy to realize that his protest gets him nowhere but being quiet will. When he's quiet is when you open the door. They get that pretty quick.

To get the puppy more accepting of his new digs, treat (reward) him going into the crate and use a phrase (command), I use "get in your box" when he goes in. Lure him in to start and soon he will get the picture and happily go in his box and chill. Don't feel bad when the puppy throws a fit or if that fit last a while. He's probably used that tactic with success before. The puppy is in his crate and is safe. Just noisy.

You really want the dog used to going in his crate. One day you will be traveling with him and he'll need a place that's safe and secure.

Gunny

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My crate is a large one but it has a moveable divider so I have made the space smaller and will increase the space as he grows, crate is wired and I cover it with a sheet. It's not so much of the feeling guilty if he howls barks etc, my puppy works himself up to the point of peeing in the crate. We are not talking hours here. Literally within 2 mins of walking away his done a pee and keeps barking. Even when I've taken him out for a walk and his done wees outside, the minute I crate him and walk away he works himself up. If I stay by the crate his fine.