> > > 9 1/2 wks old...she still a little *** sometimes!!
> > > > if she's housebroken, why the crate?
> > Still trainable even at that age
> > Paul
hours to train a puppy not to get into things... but you
got to know HOWE.
smart... about dogs anyHOWE.
You're about as knowledgeable as leah... our other
dogs either, but you do it cause that's all you know HOWE.
Your HOWES is the dog's territory to foul, jenn... That's HOWE
COME you can't HOWESbreak a dog in a day or two... like my
100% nearly instantly successful FREE Wits' End Dog Training
Method students report here. You know jenn, the ones you and
your lying dog abusing Thug pals like to call liars, paid shills for
Jerry and FORGERIES, jenn. Remember? Hahahahaha!!! Lots
of sockpupettets, eh jenn? hahahahahaaa!!!
askin for HELP, jenn. Would he?
> like the kitchen, and see how it goes?
floors and walls like leah's dog did to her HOWES?
> girlfriend insane.
> in his crate nearly every night.
and disavails us of training opportunities and causes animosity,
hyperactivity, separation anxiety, fear of thunder, barking,
whining, chewing, pacing, digging, self ***, car sickness,
intestinal and digestive disorders, shyness, aggression, OCD
behaviors and idiopathic epilepsy.
See my post "crate training JERRYIZED."
> housebreaking accidents, we've had few problems. For the
> last two weeks, he has almost invariably pooped in his cage
> at night.
> thinking he may have worms. They checked his stool and found
> nothing wrong w/him physically,
> out (during the weekends he is allowed out as long as we
> remain in his presence).
a message, not an accident, Brian.
> outside one more time before we leave.
is confining and making him frustrated.
> find an accident in his cage, but I think that's pointless
> since he won't associate the scolding with the behavior.
problems, not HOWESbreaking problems. His HOWESbraking
is lacking because of your hypervigilance.
> crate right away when we find an accident in the morning.
> him outside, the other cleans the cage, and then we give him
> a bath if necessary. I don't think this is helping the
and attention to the problem.
> has an accident that it is not going to 'magically' disappear
> when mommy and daddy show up, then perhaps he will hold it
You cause that by locking him in the box.
> evening so that he has more time to completely defecate
> before bed time.
he's having a crate anxiety problem, like what killed
tara o's dog Summer.
pronged spiked pinch ***and shock collar fans here,
Brian. Our dog lovers are liars and dog abusers.
Subject: letter about crate
Starrey's Scary Night
Anyone reading this letter is familiar with my white
shepherd Starr and her problems with fear and anxiety.
Starr has made a lot of progress since my last letter
and continues to make progress almost daily.
For a while Starr was going through a transition
period where she was expecting me to go back to the old
ways of training and discipline. She would refuse to
perform the commands right and just not want to work.
With a ton of self-control I kept the exercises simple
during this time, spending most of our training session
doing the "hot and cold exercise."
Starr soon bounced out of her unsure sliding-back-
and-forth stage and is stable now. The reason for this
letter is to talk about crates and the emotional state
they can put a dog in.
Only after I dealt with the crate situation I'll be
explaining was Starr able to make real progress. After
that the back sliding mentioned above was only a matter
of time, patients and being consistent.
First let me just say that I'm not saying that you
shouldn't use a crate. Only that you make sure to use
it right for the emotional state of your dog.
Ever since Starr was a pup whenever I left her alone
I put her in her crate. If we had company Starr went in
her crate because she was not friendly and would bark and
hide. Nights she also spent in her crate which seemed like
a retreat to her, a comfort zone. But that false sense of
security made the world outside her crate seem all the
Starr was unintentionally "taught" that whenever
something was unusual in the house that she was to go to
her "safe place" and then everything would be all right.
The problem became evident when we got Starr home
afterher training in FL. Starr was so much more confident
in herself. But her fear was triggered by all her past
feelings associated with her familiar surroundings.
Mr. Howe told me to expect Starr might back-slide and
to simply keep working her until she came around.
I worked with my dog but at night I put her in her
crate. The next morning all the work I had been through
the day before, and whatever progress she had made seemed
to have disappeared.
I spoke to Mr. Howe about what was going on and he
explained that the false sense of security Starr got from
the crate was making her fear the outside world. When she
got in the crate she felt safe, after all that was where
I put her whenever something was unstable [if I left, company
etc..] When she came out she was leaving behind that security.
At first I was going to try to recondition her to being
in the crate but I was so afraid of all the training and
confidence she got in FL being lost that I decided to just
stop using the crate. So I left her in my bed room instead.
She was not comfortable with this at first. It seemed
like she felt she didn't know where she belonged and that
made her anxious. But using the "surrogate toy" technique
and sound distraction and praise cured her of this anxiety
in less then a half hour.
Now Starr is comfortable and content to hang out alone
in my room. She's not emotionally confined to just my bed
or to her doggy bed and she is not at all destructive. I
am lucky that Starr's separation anxiety was never expressed
in messing or chewing, though once she took my violin shoulder
rest from my closet and kept it with her on my bed. She did,
however tip over my waste basket twice. Both times I addressed
the expression as it says in Jerry's manual and that's no
longer a problem.