Diesel has been crying in his crate when I leave so I decided to try putting him in the basement with a baby gate. I put him down there last night and pretended to leave the house. He was even worse!! I made horrible sounds like he was being tourtured!! What the duce!?
I feel bad leaving him in his crate when I leave but at least he quiets down eventually and goes to sleep. The basement is huge, so he could run and play when he's alone, but he's worse down there. Anyone know what is going on with him. It just doesn't make sense to me. Help?
Try a radio or tv and lots of toys but most important is one special toy with a treat like a kong filled with peanut butter but that toy is only when you leave. Also try the book by DR. Nicholas Dodman called The dog that loved to much it has great information. Good luck
My oldest cocker had extremely bad separation anxiety.He would Bellow for about 10 minutes and then he would pee.It has took him 6 months to get over peeing.I put him out in the crate,turn on some music.He then will bellow for baout 5 minutes.I let him him do it.It isnt hurting anything.You could also take Diesel on VERY long walk or jog before you are ready to leave.Turn him on some music.If he is just barking I owuld let him bark and whine to his hearts content.As long as hes not bothering your neighbors.You need to get this book called Beyond obedience.She tells you how to solve alot of behavioural problems.She also can tell you how to help calm the dog down with Flower essence.It does work.I did it with my cocker for a few weeks and you could see a big difference.I forget what flowers I used but the book can tell you.You just spray it in the air.Its a great book that I found very handy.Also when you leave you can give a stuffed frozen Kong to work on.
***Edited By: cockerlover on 3/8/2006 12:33:35 PM*** Reason: add
He needs to learn how to entertain himself because you can't be with him 24-7.
You're not making a big deal when you leave are you? Give him his favorite toy, the white noise in the background, a spot to lay down and something like a kong to occupy his time.
Mine could care less when I leave.....
Which is another reason you are in real trouble because if you got him a friend to play with her wouldn't be so mommy crazy.
Do you have a basement door? If so next time close it when he is occupied. If he is really this stressed out, he could try to jump the gate and hurt himself. Best to put the gate at the bottom of the stairs....so he can't get on them. (not sure if that is what you are doing or not)
Also, work with him while you are home. Extending the periods of time he is alone. First I would start with his crate somewhere he can see you, then start being "busy" cleaning or whatever. Step out for a moment and come back....if he was quiet reward him with a treat (you are going to need alot of them to break them up) and a good boy.
Keep doing that and extending the periods of time. Over and over.
It's either that (and it is YOUR fault for letting him cling to you so much, so it's your responsibility to fix.) or just simply let him cry.
Try extending the periods liek Pope said to.It didnt work with my dog,it made him worry worse but it has helped with other dogs.Like I said the frozen kong is one of the best things out their to entertain.When you leave only pay attention to him when you are putting him up.Dont look at him or talk to him.Leave liek its no big deal and when you come back dont pet or talk to him for 30 minutes.....
How about lock yourself in the basement and let Diesel go to work and school!See how he likes that! LOL! Just kidding!
Sounds like he's a spoiled brat and you let em get away with it too long. I'd just let him cry and whine like a baby in a crib and he'll get the hang of it like the others suggested. I know its hard on your nreves but thats the way it is trianing at times.
When I put him in his crate with a kong, I stuff it with cheese whiz, a milk bone and a peice of rollover. That keeps him content for a while. I do leave music on too. When he's down the basement he doesn't care about his kong as much. Do you think I should keep trying the basement for him or just leave him in his crate? I think he's just more content in there cause he's been going in there since he was a little guy. But then again, he has room to run in the basement. I don't know what to do.....
You don't want to get him resenting his crate. Stick with the basement and play with him down there still. I would even do a quick game before I leave. Just make sure that everything he can get into is picked up. Being that he is a puppy still, and puppies tend to get bored easily....
See, my dogs do not get crated except for punishment. They have the run of the house. If I used crates for anything else....I would have seperate crates in their own designated areas for seperate activities. That way they associate what time it is, and better know the schedule.
If there is one things dogs love..it is a schedule and consistancy.
Also, remember that you just barely left him in a new room all alone. He got used to his crate, and then he wasn't in his crate, and he was all alone in a basement... that is a change and it is scary.
Every change like that needs to be done incrementally. Like the above person said, if you want to train him to be alone in the basement, instead of the crate (which I don't understand, because HE feels better in his crate) then do it a little at a time, when you are HOME so he knows he is not being abandoned.
Why not just keep working on the crate? In an open basement he has many opportunities to begin other problems, and he was already crate trained.
I would get one of those books that have been mentioned and START OVER. Pretend like you have never left him alone before, and do every step that they recommend in order to re-train him with the crate and longer periods of absences.
Okay thanks everyone. Always a pleasure and great help :) I think I'll just leave him in his crate. I took the divider out yesterday and he seems to be even more content in it now, he can stretch out now:). Plus if I let him rome the basement I'll have to put the cat boxes in the computer room, stinky. He doesn't like change, so his crate is probably a good idea to stick to and he loves it. He runs in there when he hears his food and when he knows it's bed time. So I know he likes it. Plus whenever he gets a messy yummy treat, he gets it in his crate. :) Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated.
All my dogs are inthe crate when we leave or if they just need to be out fomr under my feet for a while.None of them resent the crate.They all love the crate and will go in ti on command and will stay in there with the door open until I say they can come out.They just love thre crates.I ahev neevr used the crate as punishment.Tehy know they know the routine.We leave and they go in crates and they get a nice kong filled with goodies.I would jsut stick with the crate.In the basement he ahs more room to tear up stuff to.
If he is freaking out when your leaving, that is a clingy behavior and it means he is not self sufficient on his own. To me that is undesirable behavior. Just my opinion...
This defensiveness is why I normally stick to my gut feeling about answer your posts.
I put my constructive criticizm down and my take on the situation you described including the way I would handle it personally. I don't expect you or anyone to listen to my way as the right and only way. When I make posts especially asking for advise, I like to hear all the different angles and everyones point of view because there are some things I haven't thought of. That's all.
DEAR POPE Sorry if I sound defensive. I don't mean to be, honest. I just was saying that Diesel isn't babied at all. It's just his personality I think, why he's so babyish. Plus he's still a pup. He's is getting a lot better alone. I think I'm getting to the point where it might be okay to leave him out of the crate when we are gone. Maybe in a few months or so. I do appreciate your replys and I hear where your coming from. But Diesel has never been babied or spoiled. He's just a big baby on his own. :)
My little girl had the same seperation problems when she was a pup. We would crate her and if she saw us or could her us in the house she was fine. If she didn't see or hear us she would go crazy. We would put her in her crate and go sit in another room where she could not see or hear us and she would wine for an hour, my wife would tell her to be quiet and lie down and it made no difference. After I convinced my wife to ignore her and let her wine until she tires and stops and she did try it it worked. At first she would wine for about 20 or 30 minutes before she settled, then 15 or 20 minutes and then 5 or 10 and so on until she learned wining gets you no where. After that she was ok