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Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue!
Join date : 2016-08-12
Join date : 2014-08-18
Location : Terlingua, Texas
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:27 pm|| |
Hi Britney and welcome to the forum. Nice looking pup you have there - bi eyes are weird but nice.
Your going to get one question, initially so I'll throw it out first: "How much real exercise is sky getting?"
Secondly you make several observations, but never ask a question. Do you need help crate training Sky? Are you seeking recommendations for a crate? Just how can we help you? And since I don't crate, I'm not going to be a lot of help but just hope I could get you to give us a little more information so we can help you.
Join date : 2016-08-12
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:02 pm|| |
We try and walk her as much as we can.But it has been so hot lately here 90+ and walking her 1-2 miles is not good without water. i do need help crate training her,the guy we got her from said he never did crate her. i also am looking for a "husky proof" crate.
We also have been giving her anxiety medication, it has calmed her down. she only tries to get out and tends to destroy things while we are gone or even go outside for a little bit.
Join date : 2014-08-18
Location : Terlingua, Texas
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:42 pm|| |
"Husky Proof Crate" - sorry ma'am there ain't no such animal! If you have a Husky who wants out badly enough, they can seriously hurt themselves trying to get out of the crate.
Hot? -I live on the northern Chihuahuan Desert in southwest Texas (we also have several other Texans here) the high today was something like 98f but we often see well over 100f Mine get a short walk in the morning (normally less than 1/2 mile) when the temp is in the mid 80's and then in the evening the get their long walk / run, even though the temp is still well into the high 90's (I have two who can go off lead in an area where there is little distraction) so while I may go a mile, they go 2 - 5. I do not ever suggest off lead unless you're certain that you can effectively recall your dog (a husky, let's be real).
Have you reviewed the threads here - and there are several - about how to correctly crate train a dog? You can't get a dog, stuff it in a crate and expect that it'll do nothing until you get back to it. If it didn't have crate / separation anxiety before, it will now.
Are you a first time dog owner / first time Husky owner? What experience do you have training a dog? (I feel like I'm pulling teeth here)
I'm sorry if I'm sounding harsh, and I probably do, but so many people get a Husky, have no idea what they're getting and then find they have to pass it along because they can't handle it. I recently adopted a girl, coincidentally named Sky, who has been rehomed over 5 times ... this is not fair to the dog and by itself can lead to major anxiety issues.
Regrettably, many of our members are out over the weekend (I'm old, retired and spend way too much time on a computer) so you'll often see me chime in. Hopefully someone else can offer some help / suggestions with crating.
Join date : 2016-01-10
Location : Long Island, NY
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:57 am|| |
Howdy Britney! I had the exact same crate you have and my Husky, Zhukov, destroyed it. It looked like a sasquatch had gotten hold of it. I ended up getting a solid plastic crate on Amazon much like this https://smile.amazon.com/Ultra-Vari-Kennel-28-25-30LB/dp/B000MLG484/ref=sr_1_50?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1471059640&sr=1-50&keywords=dog+crate I also got metal screws and bolts for the connections and a door with a better locking mechanism. These dogs are super smart and escape artists.
I also stopped putting blankets and towels over and in the crate. Zhukov would pull them through the bars and shred them. It seems like it was a contest to see exactly how much he could destroy. I would put a good TOUGH chewable toy in the crate with him so that he had something in there to play with.
As far as training, it was the roughest part of training that I have ever encountered with a dog. He almost broke me on several occasions. I swear, he would cry out "No, No, No, NOOOOOOOOOO...." for hours on end. Establish a routine for bed time and stick with it for a couple of months. Also, I found that giving him a command such as "Kennel up!" and then feeding him inside the kennel really helped. Also, giving him his treats inside the kennel and randomly putting his favorite toys in the kennel made him more comfortable. Now, he will go lay in the kennel when he is tired or just wants some alone time, and willingly goes in the kennel when I tell him to.
Consistency is the key here. Set a schedule and stick with it.
On a side note, don't mind Al. He comes off as a grumpy, curmudgeonly, cranky old man, however, he has some of the best knowledge I have seen on these forums.
Also, feel free to post lots and lots of pics of your little furry buddy here. We love to see them grow!
Join date : 2016-06-13
Location : Connecticut
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:06 am|| |
I use the MidWest iCrate (not too expensive on amazon) without a problem.
My girl hated her crate until I found a treat that she goes nuts for (Isle of Dogs Soft chew Chillout treats). She's only fed the treat in her crate. At first she would go running when she saw me grab the bag but now just the word "crate" works.
Maybe try out different treats? I also keep a long lasting chew (Himalaya dog chew) in the crate. I know others use Kongs.
& Congrats on the new dog! She's beautiful (love the hetrochromia)
|Subject: Re: Crate Training. || |
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