January 26th 2013 10:41 pm
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This is from Angel's mom -
My room mate's dog Becca is starting to get on my nerves. It seems he may be intent on not spending Friday nights/Saturdays at home. It would be fine if Becca didn't suffer with separation anxiety & if I didn't need to sleep during the day for work. As it is, this is the 2nd weekend in a row my room mate has done this. However this time he came by the house to walk her and left again. Unfortunately for me she barked/howled the whole time I was trying to sleep.
She's not crate trained because he said she freaked out when he tried crate training her. I personally think that would solve a lot of issues. When he's gone for a long time she will shred trash, knock things over, whine, bark, scratch on the door/walls, etc. (I am so glad I immediately started crating Angel when she was a puppy!)
I'm half tempted to start training my room mate's dog to use a crate...but honestly I don't know how I'd start that with a 7 year old dog. I have to be able to get sleep during the day (I work graveyard shift) so something needs to be done...
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Get a kong, fill it with either peanut butter or yogurt, freeze it. Make the biggest fuss about it before you give it to Becca. After about a week, then put a crate in the room. Leave the door open. Toss the kong it, don't close the door. Make a huge fuss when Becca goes in the crate for the treat. Do this for a week or so. Then start to close the door for a bit of time while you are still in the room so Becca can enjoy the kong yet still see someone in the room. Start training, can't hurt - you need the sleep!