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Old 02-14-2018, 04:56 PM
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Help with crating

Hi!
My 9 month old jackabee puppy has begun to destroy our house when we’re not home. She’ll eat anything on the coffee table (which she knows she’s not not allowed on), and has recently taken to unzipping and de-stuffing our couch cushions.
I want to try crating her again, but slight issue with that. When we first adopted her in sept (5 months ago), we initially began crate training when we were at work. This was a disaster. She’d poop and pee in her crate, end up covered in it. When we put a pee pad in there, she eats it. When we put toys and antlers in it, poop gets all over them. Home girl HATES being locked in her crate.

Any suggestions on what to do?
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You want to start with the crate open just toss a treat in there and let her exit. I also always feed meals in the crate with it open so they learn that it is a really good space. Once she is comfortable walking into the crate with no treats being tossed you can start closing the door, giving her a treat and then opening it. Once she is comfortable having the door closed like that you can close it for longer amounts of time and working your way up from there.

Once she is fully comfortable having the door closed for 10min while you are home and visible try leaving the room for just a min and then reward and open door. Once again with a longer duration when she is fully comfortable with the previous step. Make sure she is fully comfortable before moving to the next step trying to rush will only cause more damage. If needed do not be afraid to take a step back and go back to the precious step!

As for the pooping and peeing if she is housebroke and can hold it for the time you are at work then she should do fine in the crate now so long as you have the correct size crate.

This is how I have crate trained all of my dogs and some picked up on it super easy and others took a lot more time lol.

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