Ok..After reading all the forums and doing alot of research. (crate in bedroom, crate in livingroom, crate uncovered, crate covered, etc..) I've tried them all. My puppy goes ballistic when put inside his crate. He won't drink, or touch his treats or toys.. he just crys.. hyperventolates...tries biting all the bars.. uses his paws to claw at the door,top etc.. I first tried a sheet... he found away to pull it in and tear it apart. I then tried a heavy tapestry afghan..same out come. I then left it uncovered. Finally I found a HEAVY WOOL BLANKET..which I thought he couldn't get through those small openings..So I moved the crate next to my bed,and used the covering..since he's an alaskan malamute, I had to also give him a fan for cool air. (It was only 28 degrees uphere last night so I could only crack the window 2 inches instead of leaving it wide open) The first 2 nights were wonderful. He only whined and put up a SMALL fit for 10 min instead of 40. He slept for 6.5 hrs - 7hrs instead of up every 2 hrs. It was like winning a lottery! UNTIL this morning... He started in at a little after 4 am... I didn't notice until I turned on the light that he must have been up since 2 am redecorating his crate...as he did with the sheet/tapestry etc.. ANY SUGGESTIONS OTHER THAN WOOD OR CEMENT? lol ( I saw a beautiful crate on line, it was lined on the outside with wicker and well over $200.00, thank God I didn't buy it!) ATTACHED IS A PICTURE OF THIS EARLY MORNING CRATE RENOVATION: http://s223.photobucket.com/albums/dd66/redford95/?action=view¤t=destructionofcov.jpg
I have used cardboard. I rigged it up so the dog couldn't get to it. I zip tied slates on top and then placed the cardboard on top of the slates. This way they can't reach it. On the sides you can do the same and then lean something on the cardboard or staple the cardboard to the slates.
Also set the crate in the corner so you only have two or three sides to cover.
I do know what you are going through, I honestly don't even remember which one of mine did that or maybe it was Buddy. LOL Anyway good luck.
You know a light wood is really not such a bad idea.
Can't due to the breed. Alaskan Malamutes pant hard and need cool air circulation.. breathable materials.. Good idea but too enclosed with non breathable material it would hold in too much body heat. Thanks for the thought.
it sounds like a bit of seperation anxiety. my dog did the same thing for about a year. she would rip the metal bars off the cage and shredded anything in her way. i still cant put anything in her crate with her but she is calmer and more relaxed when i get home. i leave the radio on for her while im gone to distract her... also i ignore her for about an half hour before and after i crate her.. to make me leaving no big deal. every dog is different tho but wish you luck!!
Your right... it's a mental thing.. He doesn't want confinement...even with me right next to him. He wants freedom. He use to go in the crate at night time and drink his water and eat his snacks..etc.. Now you have to pull him to the crate.. and no matter what the treat is..I even tried a beef bone.. he won't touch it.. he want's OUT. (though the cover does work FOR THE LENGTH OF TIME it stays in ONE piece)
Have you tried feeding him in his crate? Door open.
Have you tried getting him used to his crate little by little? Step by step?
First step: Throw some high-value, quick-eating treats in the crate, let him go in and get them and come out. If you can make him search for them (like, put them under his crate mat), all the better. Do this frequently over a couple of days.
Second step: Throw some high-value treats in the crate and close the door. Let him WANT to get into the crate for the treats. After a bit, open the door and let him get them. Do this frequently for a couple of days.
Third step: Do second step again, but close (do not lock) the door behind him, stay close to the crate. He'll probably open the door and come out himself. Once again, do this frequently for a couple of days.
Fourth step: Do third step again. This time use a longer-lasting treat (like a filled kong or smear some peanut butter in a few places on the crate walls). Close and lock the door behind him. Stay close. After a number of minutes, open the door casually and walk away without a word. Do this for a number of days.
Fifth step: Keep doing fourth step but walk away and come back a few times, making the time you're away a little longer each time. Casually unlock the door after a bit.
Sixth step: Step 4 again but walk away right after locking the door. Leave him for a good amount of time before casually letting him out.
Doing each step frequently over a couple of days is the key. If he exhibits anxiety, go back to the previous step. You're trying to modify his behavior and, believe me, it doesn't happen overnight. There is no magic bullet that will make him love his crate. It takes time and patience.
Always feed him in his crate, door open, while in the process of acclimating him to the crate.
He has complete 1-3 earlier... He has no problem entering and exiting his crate during the day. He usually goes in the crate and removes all his treats he got the night before.. ( I put them in there with him at 10:30 pm) He removes them in the morning after 7am and also removes all his toys... As if he's braking them out of prison... takes each one out and drops them off in the living room. I've done the kong..but he puts it in his mouth and wants to take it OUT.. when the doors shut/locked he drops it..and claws at the door... he doesn't care to stay in the crate... maybe the problem is all the freedom he gets.. loves to lay out on the back deck and take's his naps out there during the day and evening. I am willing to try it all again. He does not fear the crate.. only in the late evenings..
How old is the pup? (He's adorable!) With one of my previous dogs, I ended up having to "baby-proof" a room and shut him in there when I left. It gave him more freedom and he didn't feel so much like he was being abandoned.
He just 6 1/2 months old and last known 77lbs. http://s223.photobucket.com/albums/dd66/redford95/?action=view¤t=naptime.jpg I just came back from petsmart, bought a doggie door that I need to install... The crate thing... really gets to me.. He likes to visit it... but not stay in it.. UNLESS IT IS TOTALLY DARKENED! Then he can't tell he's locked in... but with in time..he figures out how to destroy and remove it... then it's "HELP I'M IN PRISON".
What if you made the entire bedroom PITCH BLACK? Covering windows with heavy blankets and taping them at the edges so no light can come in.. cover up power buttons to computers or whatever might make any light or turn them off. Maybe the "he doesn't know he's locked in because it's dark" thing could work for the whole room instead of just the crate.
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Hey Redford! We have Huskies, as you know, and we totally prefer the plastic Pet Taxis. Besides using the wire ones for their portability, we will only buy the plastic ones from now on. Never the wire ones again.
Plus, the wire ones are much more expensive. We get the $60 Pet Taxi ones at Walmart. I have boughten a fan especially made for crates. Our Summit can't stand not having his fan. I bet you could make it work. The den-like atmosphere might calm him. Hey you're only out $60 if it doesn't work, and you can always sell it if it doesn't work. What price do you put on your sleep? LOL!