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    DefaultSudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    My own. Okay, now I don't want this to seem like I abuse the crate...that being said I do realize Jersey is in there a lot. The thing is, even now at 10 months, he CANNOT be trusted by himself for more than 2 minutes. He's gotten MUCH better as far as being able to settle down in the middle of the day (I have a VERY flexible work schedule that allows me to be home most afternoons) but even if I leave the kitchen/living area (where he is relegated to) to use the bathroom he looks for something to get into! He's up on the counters, chewing on my fake fern, chewing on the bottoms of the couches...

    I feel like a slave to the kitchen b/c I want him to be able to be out of his crate all of the time, but I can't get anything done! I can't even IMAGINE a time where he won't need to be crated and that breaks my heart. Oh and he does get lots of exercise including daily walks, retrieves in our backyard, training, playing in the house, etc. If it's just me and him at home during the afternoon I will usually sit on my laptop at the kitchen table and he will putter around playing with his toys or nap at my feet. But even then he will occassionally get up and do a little counter surfing, chew at the bottom of the couches, etc. This is all fine and dandy when I am there to correct him, but if I'm not in the room forget it.

    At night he settles down with us on the couch to watch TV and that's GREAT!

    So...what's everyone's take on this? I've seen a drastic change in him as he's gotten older. He's MUCH more mellow. Will this just continue until he will be able to be trusted? Luckily he LOVES his crate and has no problem running in there if I ask him to "go in his house, if he wants a cookie or if it's time to take a nap." LOL.

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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    "bumping" this for a second go'round on the page in hopes someone might have a suggestion. At present I am not haveing a 'light bulb' moment... ???

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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    Tamara, hate to break it to you...but Frankie is 15 months and we are in the exact same situation. I cannot even IMAGINE being able to leave him out of crate if we have to go somewhere. No way, no how!!!!!! He's jumping up to the counter to see if I left any goodies for him, or let's see, this morning I was getting ready for work and he found a pair of my husbands shorts and chewed the button off (his favorite shorts!).

    I think it's just who they are. They're labs ;D They say they are puppies until about 3 years old. My 5 year old, Tucker, used to be the same way. Although I was able to leave him all day uncrated by the age of 1. He didn't really calm down until he turned about 3-1/2 though.





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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    Ten months is still young. Be patient. Most dogs outgrow that chewing stage.

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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    Can you try to leash him to you or close him in the room your in when your not in the kitchen so you can still move around the house and watch him. I've had to do this before it worked pretty well.

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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    Thanks for the replies. It's not that I am upset with him at all for this I am just feeling guilty about putting him in there. I guess I just need to get over that! I'm just being selfish and looking to alleviate my guilt with this post I suppose...as long as I know I am not somehow warping him. He has plenty of room in there and as I said before he's perfectly happy to run in. In fact, he's been going in there by himself to sit or lay down for a few minutes lately. I know he's still a baby, just always looking to make sure I'm raising this little one well. It's my first time ya know! ;D :P

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    DefaultRe: Sudden crate anxiety (a bit long)

    In fact, he's been going in there by himself to sit or lay down for a few minutes lately.
    If it he does, he LOVES it in there! Frankie does this too and it makes me so happy! He'll go in there on the weekend during the afternoon and take a nice long nap. I leave the door open, of course.



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