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Old 03-16-2013, 10:29 PM
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Default Crate Anxiety

Anyone have any suggestions on sudden crate anxiety?

Journey was absolutely fine in her crate, but I think I accidentally ruined it all by having to leave her in it longer than she was used to last Friday. :-(

Last Friday I came home to find that she scraped some skin off of her nose and her chest was a little damp and the door bars were a little wet. Then on Saturday I had to put her in it again just for an hour, and came home to a soaking wet dog and her nose was re-injured. Then tonight we just got home from dinner out, only gone for a couple of hours, and her whole chest/neck is wet, there was a puddle of drool inside, the door was wet, and her nose is all red again. I could hear her barking and whining anxiously when we got to the front door. She was quiet as soon as she heard the key, though.

I had a dog with crate anxiety and it's awful. All of my other dogs except for that dog though have been fine in their crates. Happily go in them, sleep comfortably, they love them. Journey is perfectly happy to enter her crate as well and she's fine in it at night time and she was fine for the first 10 minutes I put her in it tonight before she left.

I think what's happening is that she hears us leave and then freaks out. She doesn't have separation anxiety otherwise, but suddenly she doesn't like being left in her crate with nobody around. And this just can't continue, as there are plenty of places she will need to be crated and I can't have her drooling all over herself and making noise.

Any ideas?

I've been crating her while I'm home off and on and rewarding for quiet, but she never worries because she knows I'm home I guess. Other than this one thing, she's absolutely perfect, but this is a pretty big thing that I'd like to get a handle on before it worsens or continues.
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