Guest GreyKlee Posted February 18, 2016 Share Posted February 18, 2016 I was wondering if someone could give me some general crate-training insight and maybe steer my expectations a bit. I have a small Alaskan Klee Kai named Piper with horrible SA, and now my new grey, Freya. Piper is doing wonderfully with another pup around and is quite calm in her crate now (thank goodness!). Freya does wonderfully too... unless you come home in the middle of the day for a few minutes and leave. This isn't something I plan on doing, because it just gets the dogs excited and it's hard for them to calm down. However, my roommate decided to drop a bombshell on me that with Piper's SA, she's purposely been leaving early in the morning and staying out late so she doesn't disturb Piper when left alone. This was without me asking her to do so, and now there's quite a bit of resentment I guess. Now with Freya, she was convinced that she could come and go as she wants since Piper would be "fixed", which apparently means coming home randomly all hours of the day, not letting the dogs out, and then getting upset that they won't calm down. While Freya adjusts (she's only been with me 5 days, poor thing!), I just asked that she either let the dogs out and stay with them, or maybe not come home in the middle of the day, which did not go well... So, to the main two questions: Is there a method to train a dog to stay calm in the crate when you return home/calm down quickly? Best case scenario would be for them to remain crated when the roommate is home, since she's not comfortable with them really or doesn't want to supervise them. Since asking a dog to stay calm when you get home and leave them crated is asking a lot, is there a way to help Freya calm down relatively fast and be ok with going back in? That way the roommate could take them out briefly and re-crate them. In my experience, she's great if you leave her for a long period, but panics the second go around if you come back and leave, even after an hour or so. This roommate will only be here for another 3 or 4 months, but things will still be tricky if I don't come up with a reasonable training approach or solution. I understand that it could be several weeks until I see improvement, but maybe the effort will be enough to pacify the roommate? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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