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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** Than you for your question about Gus. When he is out of the crate, do you notice him limping or being slower to move? When he's out of the crate, does he go for walks on a leash or do any fun interactions with you / the family?
That is good that when he does come out, he bounced right out and runs "free". That is great that you're making the time outside of the crate as fun and interactive as possible. Making those times more enjoyable are important in helping him to realize that he can do more than just spending more time in the crate. In saying that, the crate is like you said, his den. This is where he's very comfortable and happy. Medically could there be an issue that is causing this? A good physical exam by your vet and possibly some blood work may give some hints at that area. Could hypothyroidism be at hand? If there are no medical issues, then this is a behavioral one. Could you encourage more time out of the crate by limiting his access time to it and increasing the amount of other fun activities?
I'm hoping for the best for this guy. Give him a good ear scratching for me once he's out of his crate!
Wish I was there to do it myself!
He looks like you can't get the window rolled down far enough for him! Just don't take it down too far that he can fall out. I've seen a few of those situations at my ER!
I wish I had the language skills Gus had! I've always thought it would be awesome to be fluent in more than one. Tell him to ride safe!