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Old 08-30-2004, 01:49 PM
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I have a roudy pup as some of you have heard my plees... I am trying the whole crate thing, it works pretty good, except he keeps tearing up the bottom of the crate... After I got home the other night I found the whole floor of his kennel distroyed , so I spent 4 or 5 hrs carpeting a piece of wood for the bottom so he had something nice to lay on... of course you all know what happened after that. Does anyone have any suggestions to calm him down when I'm gone... That CD doesn't work that well.


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Old 08-30-2004, 07:34 PM
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You may have to put him in a puppy proofed room so that he actually has some room to move around. It sounds like he's going stir crazy.

Get him some toys that will keep him busy, a good chew bone (I really suggest the Orbee-Tuff for a dog like Bailey) a treat ball, and maybe a Kong and some other kind of puzzle toy. He's bored - very, very bored.

You really may want to consider getting up earlier and taking him for a run in the morning before you have to leave. Think about it; he's been cooped up all night, just resting and storing energy, and then he's getting cooped up again, all day.
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Old 08-31-2004, 01:47 PM
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We've got 3 or 4 chew toys in there (kong, rope toys, bones) he just ignores them...
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:23 PM
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Get him some toys that require some mental exercise. This is a bored dog. And make them interactive; play with Bailey with the toys. Get him interested in figuring out how to roll the treat ball to get the treats out of it. Are you stuffing the Kong with peanut butter or something else that takes a long time to get out? And try hiding the toys around the room to give him something to do.

Some dogs do well with crate training, but it sounds like the crate is too much for Bailey and he needs more room, so please try to pup-proof a room, like a mud room or laundry room, bathroom or kitchen, and try confining him to that area when you're gone. Being crated all night, then all day is way too much, even for a couch potato, which Bailey certainly is not.
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Old 08-31-2004, 10:56 PM
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I second that. Try giving him a little more room to romp. Get a CD of the ocean waves and see if that clams him any.

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Old 09-01-2004, 04:39 PM
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"Clams" him any? (rofl) I know you meant "calms" but the typo is just TOO funny, Chazhound!
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:10 PM
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Clams are good
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Old 09-02-2004, 02:08 PM
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mmmmmmmmmm clams...
He actually is only in there when we are gone, he sleeps in bed with us and hangs out with us when we get home from work, we take him to the store with us, we take him to Wendy's with us.... he is a great dog to just chill with.
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Old 09-02-2004, 02:40 PM
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Do try him in a puppy-proofed room instead of the crate. Some dogs - like some people - just can't tolerate being cooped up in that small a space.

It's great that you're taking him places with him and spending so much time with him. He's getting good socialization skills that way, plus, he gets to be with you that much more.

His photos are adorable!
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Old 09-05-2004, 04:19 PM
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I don't know about the bored part a dog like that might just be pitching a fit because you're gone. Dogs are pack animals and some of them can't handle being alone and so they retaliate destructively. You may want to find a good dog sitter you trust that you know the dog likes. At night time let the dog sleep in the room you're in. If you can't find a sitter you may try to find a kennel near by call the kennel you find and see exactly what they do when you leave and give them a visit to not only find out about them but to settle your own mind I believe you'll like your results.
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