You should first speak to a vet, to see if the epilepsy – and indeed anything else – could be contributing. Some health issues certainly can cause changes in behavior such as this. If not, then I would suggest reading through our house training guide for advice.
Likewise, a dog with serious separation anxiety should not be crated. If you believe your dog suffers from separation anxiety, consult a behaviorist for treatment before you undertake a crate training regimen. And never crate train a dog who is sick, for example, vomiting or experiencing bouts of diarrhea. Wait until he is well to begin.
Now it’s your job to increase the number of steps before dropping the food behind you. Never drop food if your dog has gotten in front of you. Work towards walking more steps before rewarding. You can vary this and reinforce while he is next to you if you wish, or toss the treat way behind you so the dog has to hunt for it and then reinforce him for catching back up to you.
To avoid making crate training your puppy a traumatic experience, make sure the he feels at ease throughout the entire process. You can do this by placing an old shirt or blanket on the bottom of the crate so that he is comfortable.
It could be a case of mild separation anxiety? Could you set up a camera to record her behavior while you’re out, to see how she behaves and then consult a professional for advice? Separation anxiety is hard to treat if severe, if mild there are a few things you can do. Google around you will find lots of advice for it s there’s loads been written. But if it’s severe to the point where she is harming herself trying to scratch, claw and bite her way out to escape, then professional help will be needed. Hopefully it’s not that severe and only recording her and seeing will tell.
Never leave a puppy in his crate all day; he needs several bathroom breaks, as well as play and feeding times. Even though he won’t want to soil his sleeping area, if he is in there for extremely long stretches, he just might. (He can’t help it!) And if he does, it is because his owner has neglected his responsibility, not because the dog has misbehaved.
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2. Puppy-proof your house with baby gates, a crate, and/or a pen. Any time the puppy is not directly supervised, he should be in a safe place where he can’t get into trouble. Provide appropriate safe toys for him to chew. Nobody would think of giving a human toddler total freedom in a home, and puppies need the same careful supervision. Eliminating opportunities for accidents and destructive behavior will get you through the puppy phase with most of your stuff intact! This helps make sure that bad habits never get a chance to take hold.
3) we have 2 crates, a small one in the family room while she’s still little and another that’s large in my bedroom (currently divided in half) for when she sleeps at night and eventually for her alone time. Does it tend to make a difference if the two crates are different sizes, will I have to separately acclimate her to both?
The first step of crate training your puppy is acclimating him to the crate. Some dogs end up loving the crate, others end up just tolerating it. Although you should try your best to get him to love it, tolerating it is okay, too, so don’t worry if he doesn’t seem thrilled when it’s time to go in. If your dog is not already comfortable in a crate, read the article “Acclimating Your Dog To His Crate” before beginning your crate training program.
Many people put their dogs through obedience classes to learn the basics like sit, stay, down and come. Intermediate and advanced obedience training are also available through many organizations. These courses refine and hone a dog’s mastery of the obedience commands.
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Discourage him from biting or nipping. Instead of scolding him, a great way to put off your mouthy canine is to pretend that you’re in great pain when he’s biting or nipping you. He’ll be so surprised he’s likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t work, try trading a chew toy for your hand or pant leg. The swap trick also works when he’s into your favorite shoes. He’ll prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, break up the biting behavior, and then just ignore him.
Although nearly all dogs come to see their crate as their place that makes them feel safe and secure, this isn’t the case with those that suffer separation anxiety and crating them could in fact make their feelings worse.
You should still keep the crate unless you need the space in your home back. Your dog will still covet it as their own little space to get away, and you can use it if you visit relatives, or your vet advises to crate them during illness or after surgery. And it may become useful as a management tool again if your older dog develops a behavior problem.
We have an eleven year old yorkie, he is our granddog love him to pieces. He is peeing everywhere especially when we have visitors. He also jumps up on furniture and scratches until he makes holes in fabric. I need help!,,,