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Q. My 14 month old Rottweiler has become obsessed with her crate over the last 2 weeks. I'm considering removing her crate from the house, do you have any ideas?
Hi Cindy,

I have a 14 month intact female Rottweiler. She was crate trained, and was relatively neutral in terms of her love of the crate. Suddenly in the last 2 weeks she is obsessed with the crate. There is no food or treat in the crate, and with the bedding removed her behavior is identical. She will spend more than half of the day inside the crate with the door open. She often runs back into it when she is out, with intensity. When she is taken outside her energy is great. Her appetite great, and her poop looks healthy. She seems physically healthy. She guards it when anyone comes close, I have most of Leerburg DVDs and adhere to most of the principles. I am considering removing the crate, but I want to get this one right. Please help. Thank you

A. If she’s been in heat within the last few months it sounds like she may be going through a false pregnancy complete with nesting behavior. This isn’t uncommon.

Some females do this after every season that they aren’t bred. Many of my past females have done this. The only real cure is to either spay them or breed them. Many of them develop milk in the mammary glands and some will “adopt” toys.

With my own females, I simply let it run its course.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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