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Old 04-21-2014, 02:24 PM
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I should probably add, she is crated at night too. So 8 total hours a day alone (with 1 hour break in the middle) and crated with us in our bedroom overnight. She has our full attention for an hour in the morning, hour in the afternoon, and 4 hours when we get home from work before bed.

She's comfortable with the crate in general, she's been sleeping in it every night since we got her and gets lots of treats when she goes in. Its just adjusting her from being in the kitchen (which she has started destroying!) to being in the crate while we're at work.

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I should probably add, she is crated at night too. So 8 total hours a day alone (with 1 hour break in the middle) and crated with us in our bedroom overnight. She has our full attention for an hour in the morning, hour in the afternoon, and 4 hours when we get home from work before bed.

She's comfortable with the crate in general, she's been sleeping in it every night since we got her and gets lots of treats when she goes in. Its just adjusting her from being in the kitchen (which she has started destroying!) to being in the crate while we're at work.
If she has been conditioned to a crate already (ie for overnight) crate training for the day shouldn't take too long, you had us thinking she hadn't been crate trained AT ALL.
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So if I get this right she's over tired but won't settle in the living room? Can't you just give her a kong in the kitchen pen? My girl will settle wherever I am because, well I'm there. I would personally just ignore (yet watch what she's getting into, so no attention I guess) her till she drops (wherever that is), since she's probably just over tired or not really tired enough. I like to think of it as a toddler nap time melt down. They all go through it, but eventually settle down for a nap

I definitely wouldn't let your pup settle in your lap, Newfies get big and get big fast. Unless your cool with a 100+ dog in your lap...your preference. My 80 lb lab mix hasn't figured she isn't a lap dog yet...
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding... you said she's home alone in the kitchen while you're at work, then you come home and play with her. Maybe she naps while you're at work. I know that mastiff breeds shouldn't be over exercised, but maybe "play time" isn't enough to tire her out. Do you do anything mentally stimulating like training exercises with her?
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I should probably add, she is crated at night too. So 8 total hours a day alone (with 1 hour break in the middle) and crated with us in our bedroom overnight. She has our full attention for an hour in the morning, hour in the afternoon, and 4 hours when we get home from work before bed.

She's comfortable with the crate in general, she's been sleeping in it every night since we got her and gets lots of treats when she goes in. Its just adjusting her from being in the kitchen (which she has started destroying!) to being in the crate while we're at work.
So she only gets to interact with anyone for a total of 6 hours a day (not all at once). I think she's BORED....just my opinion. I don't think she's being stimulated enough during the day (IMO).
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Get a crate,put a nice comfy bed in it and some of her toys.Maybe put it in the kitchen or living room and leave the door open to see if she'll go in.Put some of her cookies in too.Let her go into it and check it out.Hopefully she'll get to like it,it's her own space.Most dogs do get used to it and will go into it on their own just to relax or get away from things.I would do it soon since she's young and will adapt,the older she gets the harder it'll be.I have a puppy playpen type thing I put mine in when I'm not home or at nite.Hell go in on his own,doesn't cry,doesn't mind it.But he's been crated since day one.Also don't leave them in there longer than they have to be.Good luck.
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So she only gets to interact with anyone for a total of 6 hours a day (not all at once). I think she's BORED....just my opinion. I don't think she's being stimulated enough during the day (IMO).
That's what most dogs get as far as interaction with their humans. She may be bored but I don't think that has anything to do with the length of time she spends with her humans.
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If she's bored, I'm honestly at a loss as to what to do for her. In the evening, when we get home from work she either goes to the park and walks around on leash while meeting people and dogs for about 30 minutes or gets a 30-40 minute playtime in the yard with us. Then about 20 minutes of training/hanging out time, then she eats, naps, and then her final walk and playtime (30-40 minutes) and then we want her to settle for the evening. She's only 12 weeks old, I can't image she needs more exercise or stimulation than that, unless I'm way off base.
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If she's bored, I'm honestly at a loss as to what to do for her. In the evening, when we get home from work she either goes to the park and walks around on leash while meeting people and dogs for about 30 minutes or gets a 30-40 minute playtime in the yard with us. Then about 20 minutes of training/hanging out time, then she eats, naps, and then her final walk and playtime (30-40 minutes) and then we want her to settle for the evening. She's only 12 weeks old, I can't image she needs more exercise or stimulation than that, unless I'm way off base.
That's plenty of activity for a pup her age. I didn't meant to say that I agreed with the person who said she was bored. I was trying to say that crating a dog for the length of time she's crated, shouldn't be a problem. Give it time. She's a pup and pups are challenging.
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If she's bored, I'm honestly at a loss as to what to do for her. In the evening, when we get home from work she either goes to the park and walks around on leash while meeting people and dogs for about 30 minutes or gets a 30-40 minute playtime in the yard with us. Then about 20 minutes of training/hanging out time, then she eats, naps, and then her final walk and playtime (30-40 minutes) and then we want her to settle for the evening. She's only 12 weeks old, I can't image she needs more exercise or stimulation than that, unless I'm way off base.
^ This seems adequate, however in your initial statement you didn't go into much detail or mention any training exercise, you only said "play time" which is why I suggested that she may have been bored.
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