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We have just rehomed a 2 year old boxer shee is crated

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We have just rehomed a 2 year old boxer bitch shee is crated when we leave the house on our return she has destroyed her bed we have video her today and have observed her licking and chewing the cage bars and showing cosiderable distress it takes her approx 20 minutes to calm down help we need to help her to relax we also have a 5mth old boxer pup who is observing this and I am worried that he will also become anxious
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jacustomer,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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One thing you want to do is have her start associating the crate with good things. I would take the bed out of the crate as ingesting foreign objects can lead to obstruction and even death. One way is to start feeding her in the crate with the door open. Also when you want to give a treat, toss it into the crate. Once she seems to be comfortable in the crate for eating purposes, start closing the door while she eats but open it back up as soon as she is done so she isn't seeing it as a containment.

Leave her a couple of toys such as a kong with treat compartment. Pur yogurt or peanut butter inside and freeze it. Give this to her when you leave the house. It will help keep her occupied for that time right after you crate her and help settle her sooned.

The other thing that can help is a DAP collar. They use pheromones like the ones a nursing mom uses to calm her pups. They have been proven to help with anxiety issues. It is also not a medication so you can combine it with medications if you decide to used one.

Often melatonin is used to help with separation anxiety as is xanax. I have to caution you not to give any prescription drug to your dog without consulting your vet first though. Read about xanax below.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/alprazolam-xanax/page1.aspx
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You can read about melatonin on the following site.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/melatonin-melatonex/page1.aspx

You can also practice time in the crate when you are home. You can place her in the crate, leave the room and come back in. If she was calm, reward her with a tasty hot dog treat. If she starts acting anxious, do not reward her. If possible, wait for her to calm down, then enter and reward the calm behavior. Gradually extend the time she has to be quiet to have you come back in the room and reward her. Once she seems to understand, vary the time you are gone from 2 minutes to 20 minutes so it keeps her guessing.

The best results seems to come when a client combines the various techniques, so I would definitely do a dap collar, kong and training at a minimum.
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I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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