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have a 7 month lab mix, he is still in the crate, we tried letting him loose in the house but he ate the door jams and digs at floor, he is potty trained let us know when he needs to go out very loveable but when we go to work he goes in the crate barks a bit but trys to escape from it and heavily drooling hes soaked when we get home, he sometimes growls at my husbsand when he puts him in the cage. when hes bad we put him in their for time out after we tell him no bad boy
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Crates should not be used for punishment.
The drooling is probably anxiety induced and could be the start of separation anxiety. If the dog is confused about what crating means he may be growling as he may feel he is being punished all day every day and is letting you know he resents the 'punishment'.
You should read about separation anxiety here
www.ddfl.org/behavior/separtn.htm
And I would do several things to help your dog - including increasing his daily exercise so that he is tired at least once a day from directed play or running etc.
I would attend obedience training classes or agility classes with him.
I would make sure he has legal chew toys such as a stuffed Kong toy to chew when left home.
You can find a trainer here www.apdt.com and it has articles on choosing the right trainer to help you with problems there too.
Hope this helps you!
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
For chewing you can try a product such as Bitter Apple on the door and give him a legal more interesting chew toy to chew but if this is separation anxiety you will need to do more than just distract him from his chosen actions.
I hope the article I listed above will help you have an idea of what the problem is and how to work on it.
You may find bringing him to a doggy day care a couple of times a week helps him a lot too.

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