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Old 05-05-2013, 09:10 PM
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Shih tzu x reluctant to go in crate

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My shih tzu x Jessie is very reluctant to go in the crate while i shower lately. Now she has come a long long way from when i first got her. When i first got her she would nip everything including me and my knickers when i went loo! Chewing computer cable for charger, shoes you name it was really very full on for a month. This behaviour hasnt been since i first got her and gave her a kong with peanut butter in it then she stopped barking moaning and not wanting to go in crate. She can now do all sorts of tricks etc

She sleeps in now even let me sleep till 11am today! But i noticed in the last month she has been reluctant to go in the crate when i go out and when i shower. Just last few days she started yelping and moaning. Today i bought a rabbit toy up with me and she hardly moaned but what i really need to know is how can i get her to not be reluctant to go in the crate while i shower even when given peanut butter kong?

Is it part of the fear phase they go through when 5-6 months old? she is 6 months old now 7 at end of month.

Any advice/help will be appreciated i just want her to go in crate without reluctant like she did at one stage. Otherwise she is a fantastic puppy and i meant that. Sits, down, heel and more and listens to me doesnt chew anything other then what i give her like cardboard boxes, bones. Doesnt pee in house unless urine infection. She has changed my life for the better including my epilepsy depression and anxiety.
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She is only reluctant to go in while you shower and when you are leaving the house? Do you crate her at any other times during the day or only for overnights? Maybe more treat reinforcements would help, i put treats in there throughout the day so whenever Baileymoon would wander by the crate there would be good stuff inside and she loved going in for the snacks. I try to set up the crate as the best place in the world for her.

Also how about playing music or having the laundry going when you step away? I noticed my pup really likes the back round noise and whined much less when i had tunes playing while she is in the crate. As a matter of fact she would knock off to sleep within minutes of having the white noise. Maybe you can give it a shot.

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She is only reluctant to go in while you shower and when you are leaving the house? Do you crate her at any other times during the day or only for overnights? Maybe more treat reinforcements would help, i put treats in there throughout the day so whenever Baileymoon would wander by the crate there would be good stuff inside and she loved going in for the snacks. I try to set up the crate as the best place in the world for her.

Also how about playing music or having the laundry going when you step away? I noticed my pup really likes the back round noise and whined much less when i had tunes playing while she is in the crate. As a matter of fact she would knock off to sleep within minutes of having the white noise. Maybe you can give it a shot.

Best of luck!!
Yes only when i leave the house or shower, she has been getting better at going in the crate when i go out but she is so reluctant to when i shower that i have to get her standing and really really be patient and try make it exciting yesterday i even put bits of the dog roll in it and she still wouldnt go upstairs!

Had to get her toy rabbit that squeaks to help her go in the crate. Funny thing is she loves going in her crate overnight! only time i crate her is when i shower and have to go out. Rest of time she is in the lounge resting or playing and then we go for walks etc.

I could give it a shot and worth thinking about though right now its very cold in my laundry
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Hmmm. Well if the crate is in the living room, kitchen or common space in the house where you hang out you can try putting her in it for 10 or 15 minutes while you are in the room doing stuff. For example while you are doing the dishes she can be crated. She may cry at first but you know the drill: she will get used to it! When I started to crate my pup i put her in there even while i was around the house and doing chores or whatever. This way she became used to being in there no matter if people were around or not.

Also you can try just bringing her into the bathroom with you. I have used a tie down (or attach a long leash to the doorknob) with Baileymoon while i shower so she cant get into anything but is still with me while i am busy showering. Its been a good way to acclimate her to the shower noise and bathroom while also teaching her some more house rules.

Hope this helps give you some ideas! And yes, you should give the music a try... It really helped with my pup!!
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Hmmm. Well if the crate is in the living room, kitchen or common space in the house where you hang out you can try putting her in it for 10 or 15 minutes while you are in the room doing stuff. For example while you are doing the dishes she can be crated. She may cry at first but you know the drill: she will get used to it! When I started to crate my pup i put her in there even while i was around the house and doing chores or whatever. This way she became used to being in there no matter if people were around or not.

Also you can try just bringing her into the bathroom with you. I have used a tie down (or attach a long leash to the doorknob) with Baileymoon while i shower so she cant get into anything but is still with me while i am busy showering. Its been a good way to acclimate her to the shower noise and bathroom while also teaching her some more house rules.

Hope this helps give you some ideas! And yes, you should give the music a try... It really helped with my pup!!
Thanks will try bring the crate into the bathroom while i shower to get used to the noise, when i first got her nad didnt crate her she would pee in the bathroom while i showered so i keep her crated while shower and dress and when i go out. Music hmmm what kind of music anything? I do wonder if Jessie knows im epileptic and it seems to her im a long time she will moan to ask me are you ok then quiet down when i say im ok i wont be long. Smart dog she knew when id have a seizure last week quite spooky but good warning

Do you think she feels she cant be trusted even tho i took down the baby gate i had up at bottom of stairs? When will i know when not to crate her? she 6 months old atm so too young to stop isnt it?
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How amazing she can sense your having a seizure. I have read about dogs and some cats being able to detect those kind of things.

As for the music, I might suggest something soothing rather than metal or techno... Just thinking of keeping the energy calm - music with a lot of drive can put people on edge and your dog will probably pick up on that.

As for trust: Im not sure if the baby gate represents trust or no trust. Its more about your attitude towards her - I imagine like most dogs she picks up on your energy - if you dont trust her she may have doubts in general. So set yourselves up for success by knowing her limits and keeping things to where you know she can succeed with confidence.

Speaking for myself and my dog: I believe Baileymoon is ready to stop being crated when she is fully house trained. To me house trained means can be unsupervised in any part of the home with out chewing on forbidden items, relieving herself, or getting into trouble (getting into the garbage, jumping onto furniture, chasing the cat, and any house rules you want to apply to your dog.). Basically when she is good with the house rules, she is good to go. But six months seems pretty young to know all the ins and outs so maybe some more time.... you will have to judge that for yourself.

I hope this is helpful for you!! Best of luck with your pup!!!
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Very helpful thanks! So i moved jessie in her crate to the bathroom from bedroom today and she was quiet the whole time until i turned off shower lol. She also did something funny in her crate she goes for the kong and after a lick her tounge wuld hang out and curl upwards without licking her lips! so funny. she really sat there watching me shower. I only had the baby gate up because she kept pooing upstairs and wanted her to not pee or poo in house at all. Its been 2 weeks since i took ti dwon as i felt she was ready for that and she hasnt wee or pooed in the house since, i catch her going upstairs and get her to come down so i can see her. Might put crate in the bathroom from now on after today
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