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Old 05-25-2011, 07:27 AM
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Exercise Pen Phobia

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I have a 9 week old Boston Terrier mix that I have had for almost a week.She's a great puppy with a few issues. She sleeps in her crate all night with no accidents. During the day, I'm gone too long to expect her to hold it. So, I set up this great area for her in my living room. I have a metal exercise pen and her crate is attached to it. There's a pee pad in there for her to do her businees. I thought this was the best for her as opposed to locking her in the crate. However, she howls like we're killing her when we put her in there. She bites at the metal, tries digging under it, anything to get out. She carries on for about 15 minutes then she'll calm down and play or lay in her crate. I hate seeing her that way. I've tried puttng her in there for her own protection when I'm cleaning & can't keep a strict eye on her. I don't want her to associate the pen as only going in there when she's being left alone.
How do I make this transition easier for her? It kills me to see her so distressed.

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Forget about it. Put her in there and walk away. It is normal for puppies to protest like this when they are left alone. Letting her work through this and learn to settle on her own will help prevent her from having separation anxiety later.

Often with puppies it is not about making things easier for them, it is about giving them the chance to learn to adjust on their own.
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I respectfully disagree with the leave and walk away. All your doing there is saying when I put you in there no matter how much you cry for me I'm not going to come for you. The pen means I leave and you get to be miserable.

Train being left in the pen like you would with a crate. Make the pen the best place ever. Give chewys give lots of cookies for being in the pen, work up to longer periods in the crate. Look at the crate training sticky, just replace crate with pen And your set
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Hi!
I have a 9 week old Boston Terrier mix that I have had for almost a week.She's a great puppy with a few issues. She sleeps in her crate all night with no accidents. During the day, I'm gone too long to expect her to hold it. So, I set up this great area for her in my living room. I have a metal exercise pen and her crate is attached to it. There's a pee pad in there for her to do her businees. I thought this was the best for her as opposed to locking her in the crate. However, she howls like we're killing her when we put her in there. She bites at the metal, tries digging under it, anything to get out. She carries on for about 15 minutes then she'll calm down and play or lay in her crate. I hate seeing her that way. I've tried puttng her in there for her own protection when I'm cleaning & can't keep a strict eye on her. I don't want her to associate the pen as only going in there when she's being left alone.
How do I make this transition easier for her? It kills me to see her so distressed.

Dawn
This might help. Kikopup is a great help with many training issues.
YouTube - ‪How to train your dog to be left alone- clicker training‬‏
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:14 AM
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I agree with the video. Spend some time in the pen with your puppy, @dawnben thanks for showing Kikopup! What a great site!
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