Ever since we moved into our new house Katinka hasn't been a big fan of her kennel. When we were living with my parents this summer she slept on a dog bed, not in her kennel. All of the years before - well 2 years, she is only 2 1/2 years old - she slept in her kennel and was fine with it! She would even go in there on random occasions since she liked it!
Now whenever we go to put her in her kennel to sleep she resists and doesn't walk in how she used to. We have to force her in there. Then she starts barking, whining, and crying for awhile and then eventually calms down. Sometimes she digs at her kennel bed and kind of shreds it up. I find shredded pieces when I get her out in the morning. If you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and she hears you, she will begin to bark. Also when Kevin wakes up in the morning to go to work she barks again!
When we were in training at Petsmart (here) I asked the trainer and she thought she would get better since we just moved there and she wasn't used to it. We tried to give her dog treats and kongs filled with a mixture of dog treats, baby food, and peanut butter. She loved the peanut butter but would whine after she finished it. We were trying to help her see the kennel as a good place!
The trainer said if she continues it and it doesn't seem to get better than she may have separation anxiety and not like being confined in there and away from you. I have done a little research and some things I read I think she may have it but I'm not sure entirely. I was hoping this is not the case because then she said maybe she can sleep in her dog bed with a puppy pad and we have tried to get away from the puppy pad! It just confuses dogs being allowed to go inside on a puppy pad and outside!
Last night I woke up at 4 and noticed she was barking. It wasn't even like one of us was awake so why was she freaking out? She really will not stop barking! Good thing she is a little dog (& not too loud) as we can sleep through it and isn't bothering our neighbors but we just want her to stop! She resists going in her kennel thus forcing us to force her in, shreds her bed, and barks and whines on stop?! We also put a blanket over her kennel when she sleeps so she doesn't see what is going on and we shut the door (she is in an extra bedroom).
Oh and we do not put her in their excessively. She sleeps in there and is in their for 4 hours a day when I'm at work and then 3 hours on Sunday while we are at church.
Any ideas? Or have you ever had a dog with separation anxiety or maybe a phobia of a kennel?
Haha. I need some ideas! I called the trainer yesterday but haven't heard back...and it is definitely real. My friend Emily rescued her dog, Copper from the pound and he had it bad when she first got him. Copper would even throw up when she was gone!
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