Sounds like separation anxiety. If that's it the only thing that will cure it IMO is time. In the meanwhile what do you put in the crate to occupy him? Would you consider a stuffed frozen kong? Something with a mixture of cream cheese, kibble and a boiled egg - frozen would keep him occupied. If you go that route be sure this is a substitute for a meal or he'll get really fat!cannon said:OK, I have a question about crate training. First of all, Mo had a terrible day the other day. He got diarhea(sic) while he was crated. I guess he didn't want to sit still in it (don't blame him) so he thrashed around and figured out a way out of the crate (by getting the bottom latch open and bending the door).
The next day I secured the door and went to work. He managed to work his way through the top gate.
I secured the top door with bailing wire and went to work the next day. I came home and AGAIN, he got out of the crate. This time he got one of the latches open then forced his way out of the door again. (I had only secured the middle, letting him bend open either end)
THE SET UP.
Today I wired all the latches and doors securely and we set up the camcorder and left for dinner.
We came back and he seemed fine and secure in the crate. We watched the dvd, which topped out at 20 minutes, and he HOWLED the whole time. He was very deliberate with his attempts to open the latches with his teeth. He tried to force his way out of the top again. It went on until the dvd stopped.
There doesn't seem to be much anxiety associated with the crate itself. He laid down in it while we watched the dvd and had no problem going into it before we left.
Has anyone experienced similar problems and how did you remedy them?
Is he just howling today because he has been able to get out the past three times? Is he going to settle with the crate again?