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Crate problems post-spay

I could use some advice. Ever since Zelda's spay, she has hated sleeping in her crate at night. Well, she won't sleep outside the crate either. We've never had this problem before, even when she first came home. We've tried everything to get her to calm down at night but nothing works and I'm not sure what to do. She is still wearing her cone for a few more nights because she wants to mess with the thick scab in her incision. She is back to getting her daily exercise and is plenty worn out by bedtime. I think she was a little traumatized being in a crate at the vet on surgery day and I'm sure the cone isn't helping her feel comfortable in there.

We can't just ignore her because she will literally bark till midnight and our neighbors will kill us. We have tried sitting next to her with the door open and closed, putting it right next to us or on the bed, getting her to sleep before slipping her in, etc. She finally falls asleep after several hours of this when she's completely exhausted. I just need a strategy I can stick with and not second-guess.

Maybe it will just be easier when the cone comes off? I want her to go back to sleeping happily in a crate.


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I hope this works out for you, but Sophie, who is three, would not go in her crate after recovering from her spay. I kept trying to encourage her, but she wouldn't even go in it if I put a steak inside it.She still won't after three years. She sleeps happily in a bed in our kitchen now.

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I hope this works out for you, but Sophie, who is three, would not go in her crate after recovering from her spay. I kept trying to encourage her, but she wouldn't even go in it if I put a steak inside it.She still won't after three years. She sleeps happily in a bed in our kitchen now.
At least I know I'm not the only one! The weirdest part is that she sometimes won't come out of the crate when she's in it freaking out. But she's also upset in it with the door left open. I can't figure out what she wants.


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Poor Zelda, it's so hard to try and figure out what they want. My gut tells me to wait until the cone is off, how does she fit in her crate with that on? Anyway, once it's off you might want to try and do some "shaping" with her and the crate. Timmy will be two the end of this month and I finally decided to crate train him since I'll be bringing home his little sister in a couple weeks. He HATED his crate from day one, except at night when I think he was so tired he just passed out. I started a thread on Tim's crate training somewhere here, I'm sure you can search it's called "I love shaping". Like the thread says I really like shaping I think it's fun and Tim thinks it's fun too so that might be something to consider. Let me know if you have any more ?'s if you decide to go that route. Just to add, Tim now sleeps in our bed, but it had little to do with his dislike of his crate, he just outgrew it and I never got another one. I now have two since he loves to sleep in his, which is downstairs next to the expen set up for Mae.

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have you tried putting her in a onesie?? I would bark too if expected to try to sleep in a cone!!! lol

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We did nothing different but she finally slept normally last night in her crate! That was probably the last night she'll need the cone.

We didn't try the onesie. She isn't fond of wearing clothing and would probably just chew it to shreds... She's a fiesty beast


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It's probably a little late to be posting this but we had a similiar problem with our baby after her spaying. Her surgery was done by laser and she only had a tiny incision but she was very traumatized. She didn't want to go outside, she wouldn't come to the kitchen to eat (she was hand fed in her bed) and she would not come to the den with the rest of the family - we have 3 other Havanese. By that time I was traumatized. Then, on day five after the surgery she was fine - like nothing had happened.
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My suggestion was to a onsie, but I see that is not a option. And the fact she slept well in her crate last night may mean she has turned the corner.

I just wanted to comment how "sensitive" these little ladies are with this surgery. Ours acted very unsettled for about 5 days. She just didn't want to be bothered with anything. We have had female dogs forever and all have been spayed. All acted like nothing had happened, except this little girl...
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