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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Lilly's new home

Lilly came to her new home just yesterday. She is settling in but HATES her crate so far. Any suggestions? I have to go to work tomorrow. I am planning to leave the radio on and give her a kong w/frozen peanut butter, but according to my video of today's short trip, she is too upset to enjoy it...She is great when I'm around, but unfortunately, I do have to work...


At 3/07/2010 6:04 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Do you have anyone who can look in on her? Someone calm. Our first rescue hated it until we put our pet rabbit's cage next to her crate and then she was fine. Sure that is no help but maybe stuffed animals. Our second rips them apart but releases tension - have to be safe toys though. Maybe covering the crate with a blanket except for the front might make her feel safer. Good luck

At 3/07/2010 8:55 PM, Blogger Patti A. said...

Congratulations on your new baby. You can help Lilly love her crate by doing some training sessions with her. Start by sitting on the floor with a hand full of high value treats. Toss a treat in and when she enters give her big praise. When she is entering readily, try shutting the door for a couple seconds. Wait until she is quiet and give her a treat, then open the door. Do not praise when she exits the crate, only when she enters. Do this session a few times a day. Give her a Kong with frozen canned dog food, cheese or peanut butter when you have to leave her but only use the Kong for crate time. Don't make a fuss over leaving. Just tell her crate and I'll see you later. When you come home, do not make a big fuss when you let her out of the crate. You want her to get the idea that the crate is just a part of life but a good place that you get a yummy treat. Leaving a radio on may help. Good luck. My dogs have all learned to love their crate and still seak it out on their own at times.

At 3/07/2010 9:11 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Work, who needs to work??? Lilly wants you all to herself. Smart girl.

What did her foster home do to get her to crate? Her foster mom/dad might have some tricks that can help you.

My sister's RR has an issue being crated when it storms. Wearing a T shirt seems to make her feel more safe.

I have not ever tried this product but some in the RR community suggested it. It's called Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP). This product claims to completely stop stress-related behavior as it releases a pheromone produced by lactating female dogs.

Congrats on adopting Lilly. She's a cutie pie! Please keep us updated on her crating issue. Paws crossed she'll get more comfortable w/ it.

At 3/09/2010 9:54 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

Not all dogs need to be crated. Have you left her alone for short periods out of the crate to see if she's happy and behaves?
If that's not an option, maybe a t-shirt with your smell in her crate with her might help.
Good luck and keep us all posted! She's a cutie!

At 3/10/2010 4:42 PM, Blogger Lilly's Mom said...

Update: Lilly is doing better! Thank you all so much for your well wishes and good advice. Unfortunately Lilly cannot have anything soft or (too) chewable in the crate, so Kong or Nylabone type toys are the only options. I am using a radio and I did buy the DAP diffuser. I have also used the training exercises to get her to make positive associations with being crated. I'm sure that all of that--plus realizing that I WILL come home EVERY TIME have helped. Of course I did get lots of great advice from Lilly's foster parents, and I am keeping in contact with them and they have been wonderful. I just think that it's a transition period for Lilly and unfortunately, too many in too short a time, so she is understandably nervous and adjusting quite well under the circumstances. Thank you all again for your support and advice!

At 3/13/2010 8:58 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that Lilly is settling into her new home. I am interested to hear your thoughts on the DAP diffuser.


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