07-26-2019, 05:19 PM
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Crate Training Problems w/neurotic dog
So my dog is about 4 years old. When I got him as a puppy I started crate training him but he ended up getting parvo (long story) and so I got really scared of losing him and overcompensated by spoiling him and letting him sleep in my bed. Now circumstances have changed where he needs to be sleeping in the crate at night. These circumstances are that he's constantly eliminating all over the house at night. This has always been a thing but it's gotten progressively worse with age. What used to be a like, once a week thing is now daily. He won't do it during the day and only at night. I don't feed/water him past 6. I take him out before I got to bed at 10. He doesn't even attempt to let me know he needs to go. Just walks over to a spot and does his business and goes back to bed. I've got to confine him somehow during the night because my carpet (and my sanity) can't take anymore. I do clean the spots thoroughly with proper cleaners. It's not just one area. It's just wherever he feels like it.
Anyway, I started out by just leaving the crate open and around just there to get him used to it. Then I started putting his food dish in there. But he's like terrified of it. He'll go in to eat but only if I'm not in the same room. If I try to encourage him into the crate to have a great treat (turkey) he immediately goes submissive. Tail between his legs, body hunched down low, peeing as he slowly slinks away. I have NO idea why he's doing this. I mean, the behavior isn't unusual for him (he does this in other situations too) but in this case I don't understand why. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old so I know it's not past trauma. But this training attempt has all been over the course of about 2 weeks and there's been no change in these behaviors. How can I make any progress if I can't even get him to come near the crate when I'm around?