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freaking out in crate

Posted by:  Baylee
Category:   General Training
Posted on:  November 13, 2002 at 11:51:59

Question:

My 4 month old puppy Monty freaks out when put in her crate. We have put a blanket in there, put treats and her favorite toys in there, but nothing seems to calm her. She goes into a panic attack, throwing her body up against the walls of the crate, crying and hyperventilating. Now if I try to put her in there I have to leave the house because I cannot stand to listen to her cry. I know that crate training a puppy is an invaluable tool, however, I have never seen a dog become so upset at being locked in a crate. We have relatively few other problems with her, aside from the occasional potty accident in the house. Do you think that the pros of continuing to crate train her outweigh the cons? She is so angry and upset when I finally do let her out she refuses to eat anything the rest of the day....I am at a loss for what to do in this situation. Thanks.