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    Dog Problem

    I have an issue with my dog, and I'm not sure of the best route to take.

    First, the dog:

    - he's a black lab-boarder collie mix
    - he's 9 years old
    - both my wife and I work
    - he has been in a kennel while we are at work since he was a puppy
    - he has never had an issue

    Now, the problem and why I'm worried about it.

    We are in the process of moving. During that process, we have been staging our current home a bit, and part of this included moving his kennel to the unfinished basement. We used to have it in the dining room, which is on the main level.

    Before the kennel move, he was always just a tad reluctant to go in, but once there, he was fine until we got home. Now, he fights being put in the kennel, and it is apparent he is fighting (and winning, I might add) the kennel all day. He has completely destroyed his very sturdy, heavily metal wired kennel, breaking wires off the welds, pushing them out and doing everything he can to break the hinges. It's obvious he doesn't want to be down there, for whatever reason, but I don't know what else to do.

    We have a fenced in back yard, but I can't put him back there because he will either jump the fence or dig under it. We have a garage, but it's detached so it would get very hot there during the day (not the last few days, but still), and I don't feel like I can put him back in the dining room, because of the possibility of the house being shown.

    Again, it's obvious he doesn't like the move from one room in our house to another, which now makes me concerned about our move to the new home, which is in a few weeks. This will be a 100% new environment for him.

    Have any of you dealt with this before? What should I try?



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I'm no expert but I would think this might take some reward based training. I suppose much like your initial kennel training?? Your dog needs to learn this is a good thing and not punishment. They can be such creatures of habit. Probably doesn't help much but some "new" kennel training sounds like it might be in order.


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Sounds like he has a heck of a lot of anxiety about having his kennel in a different place. Is it critical to not have it where it was before?



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    Re: Dog Problem

    What about moving it to a bedroom?



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Have you ever tried giving him the run of the house to see what happens? I know dogs sometimes like their own space but you could just leave the kennel door open. It might be better with a short trial run like a few hours over the weekend.

    We were reluctant to leave our guy out but accidentally didn't secure the kennel door and all was fine. Has roamed free since and we put the kennel away cause he was never going in there.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by carvers4math View Post
    Have you ever tried giving him the run of the house to see what happens? I know dogs sometimes like their own space but you could just leave the kennel door open. It might be better with a short trial run like a few hours over the weekend.

    We were reluctant to leave our guy out but accidentally didn't secure the kennel door and all was fine. Has roamed free since and we put the kennel away cause he was never going in there.
    We have been doing this with our beagle pup, a little at a time. She can now roam the main levels as long as someone is home and checking in on her periodically, and eventually we will be allowing her to roam while we are gone. May not be feasible if they are showing the house though.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    One of our three dogs must stay in a kennel while the other two can roam free in the kitchen. He will go into is kennel just fine but when we are on vacation and try and put him in the kennel at the new place he will throw a fit just like your dog. I asked our groomer about this and she said it's anxiety about staying a new place. I'm assuming that's the exact situation with your dog, too. I'd keep the kennel where it is for as long as you can and when you do move into the new house praise the dog when it goes near the kennel location.


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Maybe I missed it, but have you thought about taking him to a "doggie daycare" type place the days you know the home will be showing? The rest of the time he could stay in his "normal" area? We tried changing from upstairs to our unfinished basement with our dog once too. Although she didn't do anything to the kennel, we could tell she was terrified to be down there, and it just kept getting worse. She was shaking so much that we had to stop. Also, it is summer time, do you know any kids that could come over and hang out with him outside while people are looking at the house or possibly take him for a walk?

    Good luck, I would probably stop putting him in the basement, sounds like he is having an anxiety issue with something in the basement, good luck, hope you get something figured out!


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Strangely moving seems to be stressful for dogs too. Add in moving the kennel from a living area and into the basement and it could make the dog on edge

    Dogs seem to like a routine. Your dog has his messed up right now and he's basically been thrown into the cooler and out of his comfort zone. I'm sure the dog feels isolated from his pack (family)

    Could the dog go to a vet's kennel when the home is being looked at?



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    Re: Dog Problem

    we just moved with our 10 yo boxer and you could she was worried / high anxiety for about a week before the move and then a week in the new house, then back to normal. she now gets the whole house now because I get to work from home, but i am about to put her in the kennel because she is currently farting a lot today in my office.

    that said, there was nothing more annoying during house hunting than going into someone's house with a kenneled dog barking the entire time. we usually left right away so the dog wouldn't have a stroke.

    we would take our dog to a park or on a drive during showings.


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    Re: Dog Problem

    When we moved with our previous dog, who was about 5 at the time, and cat, who was 13, I noticed nothing unusual other than they had to stake out their new favorite positions. They must be unusual.

    All my dog ever wants is to be with his people. I am guessing that is the problem with the basement is that it is a place you usually are not around in.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I'd try hanging out in the basement with him in the kennel for a few nights. Then, put a tv or radio in the basement while you're gone.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I would recommend consulting with one of these two on what is in the basement that is terrifying your dog.


    Or maybe you already know, hence the need to move...


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    Re: Dog Problem

    I have a dog problem of my own. Our dog was finding all kinds of ways to escape out of our fenced in back yard. We got an electric fence system and I thought I had him pretty well trained on it, but the other day he took off at a full sprint towards the restricted area with his collar on and got shocked pretty good. Now he's terrified to even go outside.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I have a dog problem of my own. Our dog was finding all kinds of ways to escape out of our fenced in back yard. We got an electric fence system and I thought I had him pretty well trained on it, but the other day he took off at a full sprint towards the restricted area with his collar on and got shocked pretty good. Now he's terrified to even go outside.
    I had this issue with one of my dogs. She never got completely over it. After several years she was still hesitant to go outside and when she did she would just barely get outside, do her business and want back in. Even without the collar on. Sorry, don't have an answer for you.



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