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Categories: Barking & Whining , Separation Anxiety

Q. My pup used to break out of the crate. I've now made that not possible, but he now is tearing up blankets and barking loudly. Would a muzzle help?
Hello,

I have a five in a half month old Shepherd pup. I'm having issues crate training my dog. When I have to go to work I have my pup crated. So he is crated for four hours, then I come home and take him out and walk him for an hour, then he's crated for four hours, and then when I return home at the end of the day, he's then fed, walked, and played with. Originally my problem was with him escaping his crate and then tearing up my carpet. Some trial and error, a blanket under the crate, and four carabiner clips later he is now unable to escape. Unfortunately, now he's pulling in his blanket, then tearing it up as well as barking loudly. I now have numerous complaints from my neighbors for noise and no blankets. I've been thinking about placing a muzzle on him while he is crated. I was hoping maybe you could tell me which one of your muzzles are best for dogs to wear while unattended, or even if you would suggest another method. Thank you for your time.

Colton

A. I would only recommend a muzzle if it’s to prevent him from chewing or biting, it won’t stop him from barking.

It sounds like your dog has separation anxiety, I’d read the following warning on crates.

There is also a Q&A section at the bottom of that page that deals with separation anxiety.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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