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Separation anxiety!

Terrie
June 17th, 2012, 05:30 PM
My sweet lil 7 month old GSD is crated or so
We thought. First crate he outgrew over night
Second crate made by KONG XL was told by salesperson
and I quote" If he breaks out of this, you
need to buy a stable" first day in, came home
He greeted me at the door, the side door of
The crate was on the floor, OK... Two can
Play at this, wired the door shut. second time
I left and came back, his entire floor was in pieces.
I brought back and Pet Smart graciously laughed
and exchanged it, brought it home, set it up
and left for a few hours, came back and
His floor was a jigsaw puzzle. So.....to
make a long story short. does anyone know
where I can get a solid steel floor 48l x 30 w ?

marko
June 18th, 2012, 08:53 AM
When i bought a cage years ago it was to allow my cats access to the balcony.
The cage was steel and was large enough for a GSD. The bottom of the cage had a large steel pan that acted as a floor. It looked similar to this http://www.uk-dog-cages.com/large_dog_cages_black.htm

Not sure what cage petsmart sold you or if I am misunderstanding, but imo no way any creature without an opposable thumb could get out of it. I might look at another petstore to see if they sell a more solid cage.
Good luck

Barkingdog
June 18th, 2012, 11:50 AM
When i bought a cage years ago it was to allow my cats access to the balcony.
The cage was steel and was large enough for a GSD. The bottom of the cage had a large steel pan that acted as a floor. It looked similar to this http://www.uk-dog-cages.com/large_dog_cages_black.htm

Not sure what cage petsmart sold you or if I am misunderstanding, but imo no way any creature without an opposable thumb could get out of it. I might look at another petstore to see if they sell a more solid cage.
Good luck

Here is a video of a dog named Rex getting out of his crate.
I locked up Marty's crate at night so he can't have any more water . Marty tried to open the door , he know how to do it but he is too small to unlock the door. I did not like the crates Pecto sells, they're really poorly made and from China. Maybe the OP could look on Craglist and see if anyone is selling a heavy duty metal crate. I tried to find a small metal crate for Marty at a few pets stores and had no luck.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkYawuDFutc&NR=1&feature=fvwp



http://www.bestpetcrates.com/category_s/5.htm?gclid=CLL9sJGg2LACFUSK4AodeCYT3w


here is a link for extra heavy duty metal crates, they cost a lot more. But I think you have to pay more these days to get anything that will last . Everything is made so poorly today as it's not made in USA anymore.

Terrie
June 20th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Thank you everyone! The vet sold me an
Anti-anxiety medication an am using a thunder
Vest. I have to ge a new floor but with both
Items, so far it's working, shhhh just don't
Tell Shiloh. This lil 7 month old already weighs
65 lbs! So being one step ahead is a challenge.
Funny how the breeder won't call me back, goes
To show guilt.

Barkingdog
June 20th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Thank you everyone! The vet sold me an
Anti-anxiety medication an am using a thunder
Vest. I have to ge a new floor but with both
Items, so far it's working, shhhh just don't
Tell Shiloh. This lil 7 month old already weighs
65 lbs! So being one step ahead is a challenge.
Funny how the breeder won't call me back, goes
To show guilt.

I never heard of a thunder vest, how does it work? My last dog was very frighting of T storms. I woke up at 5 :00 AM and was not able to move my head. My 50 lb Standard Poodle has wrapped himself around my head during a loud T storm we had, I slept
through the whole storm. I am not sure my dog was able climb over my head and not wake me up.

pbpatti
June 20th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Dogs or cats can calm down almost imediately when you use a Thundershirt. My Lab began to get anxious with thunder storms a couple of years ago. The Thundershirt works like charm. Take a look at their website.

https://www.thundershirt.com/Wholesale/default.aspx

Loki Love
June 20th, 2012, 08:31 PM
We just bought Loki a thundershirt within the last month or so - it's helped immensely! He isn't 100% calm, but he's no longer climbing all over us during those thunderstorms. I'm a definite believer!

Barkingdog
June 20th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Dogs or cats can calm down almost imediately when you use a Thundershirt. My Lab began to get anxious with thunder storms a couple of years ago. The Thundershirt works like charm. Take a look at their website.

https://www.thundershirt.com/Wholesale/default.aspx

My Standard Poodle would had been very upset wearing that vest. He wore a vest when he was working as my hearing dog. My poor dog would had thought I wanted him to work during a T storm. I bet he would had protest like crazy!

marko
June 21st, 2012, 08:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkYaw...1&feature=fvwp

That's impressive for sure - but the cage's lock is stupidly designed. the one I had, had its latch open horizontally and it was difficult to open.

That thundershirt concept sounds very similar to techniques and products invented by temple grandin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin) to ease the stress of livestock. I've read about her quite a bit and given the success she's had with livestock, this product makes 100% sense to me.

Terrie
June 23rd, 2012, 04:48 AM
Its a light vest that wraps around the dogs
Chest and calms them right down. It breathes with
The dog, its not constricting. It helps with
Separation anxiety, thunder storms, some
Behavioral problems. 100% guaranteed. Personally. This is my first
And I recommend them. It's like wrapping
A fussy baby tightly in a blanket. They stop
Crying and fussing immediately. Last night was my
First night using it during a storm, and although he
Did a bit of fussing, nothing compared to
Trying to crawl up on me in the past. The vest
Takes a bit of training on the human side
To put it on,its washable also, and now he loves it.