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How do I get my newly adopted dog out of the crate to do his business?

asked 2018-11-13 18:31:12 -0600

I recently adopted (ie last night) a 2 year old hound who is super shy and takes some time acclimating to a new environment. Obviously, I'm not expecting him to leave his crate and be my best friend anytime soon. I've been letting him stay in there, never pushing him and feeding him/giving water. I've also given him the occasional treat. In all cases, he eats and drinks just fine. My biggest concern in these early stages?

When I've tried to get him to do his business, he doesn't budge from his crate. I am concerned he will soil himself in his own crate, which isn't a pleasant situation for him. I purchased some pee pads that I'm going to put close by. Any other recommendations?

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Maybe try high value treats and playtime to entice him out. If he does come out of the cage (for treats or otherwise) reward him and make it a fun, relaxed time! That way he'll be distracted and/or enjoy being outside of the cage and won't rush back in.

Harriet C.'s profile imageHarriet C. ( 2018-11-19 18:38:50 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-12-02 19:38:45 -0600

Our dog used to panic and try to stay in his crate when dog walkers, even very familiar ones, came to take him out. We started leaving his leash on him so they could open the crate and lure him out with the leash. Obviously you have to make sure the leash can't get stuck in the crate and stays loose. But it worked--once he was out, he was his friendly self. Good luck!

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answered 2018-11-14 22:10:50 -0600

The first few days and weeks can be difficult with a newly rescued pup, their world has been turned around in the past few weeks. First, maybe lands in a shelter, goes to the vet, maybe to a foster home, and now to you. Their minds are telling them what the heck is going on and I'm scared and I have no idea where I am and why am I here.

High-value treats are a good way to get the new pup to come out of the crate, meat or cheese, something that smells really good. Have your leash ready and right after they accept the treat - leash and head outside. Bonding time is good long walks with your new best pal as is patience and a kind hand.

Best of luck with your new pup

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