12-19-2009, 10:53 AM
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Like the first post started to say, the single best thing you can do is to give the dog plenty of exercise before putting them in their crate. I have cavalier king charles spaniels, by no means a high energy dog, yet we still make it a point to walk them a mile in the morning before we leave the young one in her crate. Trust me, living in Michigan, the last thing you want to do is get out of your nice warm bed on a chilly 10 degree morning to walk for 15 minutes but you realize you're doing it for the dog, not for you.
If this is a working breed, I'd suggest investing in a backpack for the dog that adds a bit of weight while they walk. This could help save you time as they will expend more energy over a shorter distance. Make sure to do your research regarding the appropriate amount of weight to add.
Lastly, remember that these are the habits that will develop with the dog. If you do not correct it now, they will not simply grow out of it. The worst thing to do would be to ignore it and hope it goes away. Start a routine and stick with it. It's not easy but it will get easier.
Best of luck!