Why does my dog hate being crated?
We adopted a rescue dog from the humane society and purchased a wire crate for her. She absolutely hates getting in the kennel and being in it no matter what we do. We entice her with treats and put a comfortable bed in there with her. She actually was able to get out of the kennel a couple of times. After seeing how she acted outside of the kennel when we were gone, we decided to leave her out of the kennel. It was nice for about a week and she didnt do anything wrong until last night. She tore up a few things in the house, but nothing really expensive. I decided to start putting her in the kennel again because of this. We went to the store for a couple hours earlier today and came back to find her in the kennel but she tore up the plastic flooring and banged up the cage pretty bad. She is a 35-40 lb lab mix. How can I get her to like the kennel or stop her from tearing stuff up in the house?
thanks for all the answers. for the most part, these things have been tried. the crate has a soft bed in the bottom and a blanket (she tore up both). she has tons of chew toys around the house. she is never forced in and actually made a little progress the other day. my wife tried one of the ideas of just repeating going in the kennel and back out and receiving treats for it. she did alright but seemed to have forgotten it by the next day.
once again, thanks for all the answers. we are leaving her out now and she has not done anything bad yet. *crossing fingers* =)