Q: Confinement Issue.....

July 27, 2009 | By Kerramello05 | 5 answers | Expired: 1935 days ago


Hannah was a rescue puppy. From the beginning she showed signs of seperation anxiety. In our day to day routine, she's made a lot of progress. However, I am stuck as to a solution for confining her when we need to be gone outside of the routine. I.E. if we want to go over to a friend's house, errands, etc. Stuff we tried... crate training (she busted through 2 and kept hurting herself), we set up and outdoor kennel (10 x 6) in our basement (she almost choked herself by shoving her head through the chain link.... thank god we were home!), and our most recent solution was to puppy proof the basement and let her have the whole basement to use. We came home to find that she had chewed our basement door around the cat door, popped it out, and made her way back upstairs. Each solution involved a great deal of preparation ahead of time to get her used to the area that she would be in. Toys were provided to create stimulation and comfort. And exercise was given prior to confinement in order to make sure that she was not full of energy!!! I am at a loss because I cannot think of a solution for how I can keep both my puppy (she's 8 months old) and my house safe (when left in our normal living area she has peed on my couch and chewed up one of my couch cushions). Has anyone else gone through this? And can you offer a safe solution?

Readers' Answers (5)
Jill T.

Jul 27, 2009

well, at least she's young it can be fixed.
( do this when you are home)
lock her in the crate.
leave room. (dont go to far)
you hear her trying to get out rush into room
spray her then leave repeat until it stops

worked for me.

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Courtney H.

Jul 28, 2009

I go through this alot with my foster dogs. Start out VERY slow.
Feed all meals in crate and leave door open but put bowl far enough in that she MUST go entirely in to eat.
AOnce comfortable with that then over time start to close the door part way then eventually close all together. Then feed meal in crate and walk out of room etc.
This is fear based and make sure to take it slow and keep it positive. Don't resort to squirt bottles, yelling, etc. Take your time and build her confidence and she will be fine.

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Jul 28, 2009

It sounds like you tried a lot of things already. My dog is a rescue too with issues - After spending almost 2 years trying to train issues away and not succeeding - I went to Tufts Vet School and had a consult with Dr. Dodman and his staff. My dog is on a medication now - which has really helped..... getting medication from a Vet does not substitute for training = but now - my training is working whereas before he was too far gone.
Only you can see the destruction he is doing to your home and the emotional turmoil he is to himself - if you want to try training a little longer - try what Courtney suggests. But, DO NOT SPRAY YOUR DOG FOR BEING UPSET? That will only make him more upset and not be able to trust you. You need to get to the underlying problem - which sounds like a fear or trust issue. You can go to the Tufts Behavioral Clinic website and e-mail them - they got back to me within a day and I was able to get help for my dog within a 10 day period. Good Luck with your Rescue.

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