Originally Posted by AprilsMom
Yesterday, I came home from work to find my poor little doggie hiding in the back of her cage. She was afraid of something. She had made a mess in her cage and she was shaking.
I took her out of the cage, cleaned her up, and then began to clean her cage. I ended up throwing out her bedding and a couple of toys, because it was just a mess. So, last night I was at the Pet store getting all new things.
She was shaking the whole time. No matter what I did, she kept shaking and looking around. She was very nervous. I walked around the house holding her, while trying to find out what could have possibly scared her, and have no clue.
Today, as I got ready to go to work, she would not leave my side. She knew...that I was leaving again. This time I put her in her cage and she started to cry. She never did that before. I put a radio on, thinking that if she heard something, then maybe this my drown out the sounds and I put her favorite toys in with her. But, I just do not know what to do for her?
I have had a few dogs in my time. Some were afraid of thunder, others afraid of certain smells, or they have even been afraid of street cleaners. It just makes you wonder...what could they so afraid of?
It could be she dosn't like be in the kennel and the fact that she dosn't want to be by her self. My dog Tasha who is 10 years and was debarked by her pervious owner, hates kennels.
I don't have a kennel for Tasha, but when I was at some ones house babysitting thier dog, I put her in the crate for an hour and had tied the other dog outside so I could do some work in the basement (dogs are not allowed in the basement and I didn't want to leave them un-supervised, because Sunny is a puppy who tears things up and Tasha likes to pee on the carpet) Anyhow, When I came back up stairs, she was running around in circles in the cage and started barking at me (which she never does, because its hard for her and makes her cough etc) So I imediatly took her out and told her I was sorry and I would never put her back in there again. Some one told me what she did is called Kennel Craze.
It could be what your puppy was doing when you were gone and thats why when you came home the cage was a mess. Some pets don't like to be craped up in a cage, and I guess you could say they are Closterphobic. I would try letting her have free roam of the house when your gone and maybe just get a gate and lock her into a nice big room with hard floor if possible, like your kitchen if it is big enough. Also, before you leave, take some time to give her lots of attention and play with her for an hour or 30 mins. That way she may not get to upset when you have to go.
As for my dog, she is scared of people and hands. Which, I don't know if I will ever get her over that fear. She just had a bad association with it and Its not like I can change what was already done. I just try to get her to associate hands and people with good things. LIke giving her treats and loving and never hitting her or yelling etc. I also have people who come over give her treats to help her warm up to them. Its a working progress.
But I know she loves me alot, because one time I put her in the bedroom to go to bed with me, and I have a gate in the room to keep the ferrets from escaping. Well, I left the room to get some water and I was gone maybe 5 minutes and all of sudden you would hear her bark and trying to jump over the gate. She has to be by my side now. Its funny, because before she could care less.