1.) Find various other confinement options. Each time your crate-hating canine has a bad experience in a pet crate, it increases his anxiety and anxiety and makes it tougher to customize his crate aversion. Your pet may endure an exercise pen, a chain-link kennel set up in your garage, or even a room of his own. A current Peaceable Paws customer whose dog was wounding herself in the crate due to isolation stress and anxiety found her dog did just great when restricted to the bedroom when she had actually to be left alone.
2.) Use daycare alternatives. Many pet dogs who don't crate well are delighted to invest the day at the home of a friend, next-door neighbor, or relative who is home when you are not, or at a great doggy day care center-- presuming your pet dog does well in the business of various other canines. This is not a good option for pets with real separation anxiety, as they will be no healthier with another person when they are separated from you than they are in a pet crate. (See "Scared to be Home Alone," WDJ July 2008.).
Instruct him to like his pet crate. Make use of a combination of counter-conditioning (changing his association with the pet crate from negative to favorable) and operant conditioning/shaping (positively enhancing him for slowly relocating closer to, and eventually into, the crate) to persuade him to go into his crate voluntarily. (See "Crating Difficulties," WDJ May 2005).
Figure out why the pet crate is aversive to your dog. If he was crate-trained at one time and then decided he didn't like it, exactly what changed?
Perhaps there are environmental aversives; is it too cold or too warm in his pet crate? Is there a draft blowing on him? Is it set near something that might expose him to an aversive noise, like the cleaning equipment, buzzer on a clothing dryer, or an alarm of some kind? Possibly his crate is near the door, and he becomes overstimulated when someone knocks, or rings the doorbell, or when mail and packages are provided. Is somebody threatening him when he's crated-- an additional dog, maybe? Or a kid who bangs on the top, front, or sides of the crate? Perhaps he's been madly penalized by someone who throws him into the crate and chews out him-- or worse. If the aversive thing is still occurring, all the remedial crate training in the world won't assist. You need to make the bad stuff stop.
If he's a sufferer of generalized stress and anxiety or separation anxiety and the crate aversion is part of a larger disorder, or his tension about crating is extreme, you may wish to discover the use of behavior adjustment medicines with your habits educated vet, or a veterinary behaviorist, to assist decrease tension enough that he can learn to like his pet crate. Keep in mind-- if your vet is not habits knowledgeable, inform her that lots of veterinary behaviorists will do cost-free phone seek advice from various other veterinarians.
5.) Take him with you. Naturally you cannot take him with you all the time, however whenever you can, it lowers the lot of times you have to use another option. Some work environments permit employees to bring their dogs to deal with them; you have no idea until you ask. Of course you will never take him somewhere that he 'd be left in a vehicle, neglected, for an extended time period, or at all, if the weather is even close to threatening. An unusual number of companies allow well-behaved pet dogs to accompany their owners; if it doesn't say "No Dogs" on the door, give it a try! Your pet will thank you.