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GreigBonnie
14:19:05 Sun
Mar 22 2009

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Cage advice

Hi to everyone, myself and Bonnie have just joined this site.

We are looking for a bit of advice.

When Bonnie was younger (she is now 5) she used to destroy everything that is including numerous electrical cables chewed completely through, so we got a large cage for her and she took to it straight away, this was a few years ago, she is still in the cage when we are at work from 8 am to 1 pm, she seems quite happy in the cage and goes in it no problem when it is time for us to leave.

I was wondering if i should start to let her out or should i not change things, we are in army houses so we cannot afford for Bonnie to damage the house.

Thanks in advance.

Greig & Bonnie


  
bnsmith928
22:20:24 Tue
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Don't stir the pot. If she is happy and she is only in there a short period of time I wouldn't make a change.

  
Katiesnowflake
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Our youngest was the same. At 11 months I had to crate train him. By the time he was coming 18 months I decided to wean him off it very successfully. Just as you crate trained - get them used to it with the door open etc, going in and out, you do the same with very short absences at first.

You get ready to go out, put Bonnie in her crate with the door open, then go out. Only stay out for 10 mins at the max. Come back in again and if she has stayed in her crate well and good. If she greets you at the door and no damage well and good. Tell her she is good. I would imagine for the first few times that you leave her she will most likely stay in the crate anyway. You need to be consistent with the wean off once you start it. Go out every day for a week for 10 mins or less.

Second week you can stretch the time to 30 / 40 mins

Third week 1 - 2 hours

Fouth week 2 - 3 hours and go on from there.

Be ready at any time to drop back the time left if she appears anxious. As long as you leave the crate up during the weaning off period you shouldn't have a problem. As she has been in it so long I would tend to leave the crate up for a couple of months once she is okay with the door open and being left while you are at work. Over a weekend when you are there, you can try taking it down but make sure you leave whatever bedding she had in it on the same spot the crate was. Try leaving her for about an hour or so at a time once the crate is down. I think you will be successful. They are an intelligent breed and catch on quite fast what is going on.

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GreigBonnie
14:01:43 Fri
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Thanks for the advice, not sure what to do, we will off to germany in september so I'm not sure if I should wait until then or start now.

Any advice?

  
Polo123
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I would start now if you feel she is ready for it, but keep the cage as then when you go to Germany she will have something/somewhere familiar where she knows she is safe. Good luck with everything :thumbs:



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I totally agree with all below. I got a cage for my daz when he was a pup. After a week or so we took the door off. This was his space, a retreat, his bed.
Our cat would sit in it now and then, much to Daz's horror, or Puss would sit on the roof, with stillettos bared, baiting him to dare come close. Puss was and still is boss round here.(Puss 15, Daz 8.1/2)
Once the "pecking order" was established, we had order and peace.



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Agree with Linda.

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SashasMum
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Cages have their place, but I think they should be used as an interim solution to a long term problem and that the problem should be worked on so, eventually, they aren't crated.

I suppose I have been lucky, Tizzy has only chewed books, paper, the post, the carpet, pashminas and things like that - she hasn't been structural. That being said, she now has the run of the house when we are out and she is as good as gold.

I would start work straight away and build up her time of being out of the crate. I would also work on the general guidelines for Separation anxiety for when you are in the house as most cases are destruction are down to SA.

There is some information here, this is by no means all the information you need, but it might be a good start for you.

Separation Anxiety Information


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