|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 10:29am PST |
|More liberty is either better or worse. Sometimes, crates can make a dog feel vulnerable. I mean, they say it is "den like," but dogs don't get LOCKED in dens, and that can set a discomfort button. Other dogs just have more space and things to unload their stress on left in the open.
My GSD puppy Pogo, who grew up to be a total legend of a dog, had massive SA, Josie. He's the one who scratched his cornea trying to get out of his crate. I was called home twice by neighbors....not because of barking complaints, but with his shrieks of terror they literally thought he was dying. So we gated him in the kitchen. First one, then two, then three....each stacked upon the other until it literally was a wall of gates. So finally he was confined, and he got into everything! One of the hardest laughs my husband ever gave me? One day we came home and he had torn open and eaten a box of flour. Next day, he had pried the fridge open and eaten a dozen eggs. And my husband said, "good word, he's trying to make a cake!" He drank a jug of oil and that night we awoke to lubricated poos literally shooting out of his butt Wall-to-wall carpet was ruined because it was so oiled up. Yikes! He actually ended up fine, though. Got over it. That was a legendary term, though.
Off the sequence you described? I think we need to listen to dogs...they do talk with their behavior, you know? And if her stress picked up loose, I'd go back to the crate. If she was biting on the door, which was something I was looking for and didn't see, it seems to me the outside try pushed her back a step and now that she's experienced out of her crate was more agitated not to have it. Too much, too soon.
I'd go back to where you were. She didn't escalate at all last week.
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