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Gabby has been a really good pup. She has always done good in her kennel. It is a decent size, so she isnt so confined. She gets to be out alot, as long as I have the time to pay attention to her. When I dont, I put her in her kennel. It has always been ing the front room, that is used the most. She has always done good with that, and the only time you would hear from her was if she needed to go potty. Last few days, she will pace, stand up and scratch at it, and do her little barks ever so often. I have gotten on to her a lot for doing it, but, nothing seems to help. After a while she might settle down and take a little nap, but, then she is right back at it. Today, I decided to move her kennel around the corner into the next room, which is pretty open, but not so much action. She did worse for a while, and then give it up and went to sleep. My daughter puts a blanket over hers when she puts her in the kennel, and she never makes a peek, but if she doesnt put the blanket on it, she whines. I use to know if she needed to go potty, but, now, I cant tell if that is the case, or she is just acting up. I dont know what else to do, other than just ignore her. Anyone else deal with this?
Second thing, as you all know I am dealing with gabby blowing her coat. Is it normal to comb her out every day, and get a lot of hair out? I am prob being paranoid, but I worry she will go bald. The knots will be like gum, and when I comb them out, it usually comes out in a knot, or a fuzz ball. Is this normal. Will her hair get thin until this process is over, and then grow back? Never done this before, sorry for all the questions. Thanks!
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I guess you'd have to define "gets out a lot". I think I remember that Gabby is at least 6 months old now, right? If so, being crated for a large part of the day is pretty confining. ASsuming that you've done a good job on potty training, and it sounds like you have, it's probably time to start letting her have a little more freedom. Like start with putting her crate in the kitchen, but leave the door of the crate open so she can come and go, but barricade her from any carpeted areas if you have concerns about her potty training. Then slowly (over a period of months) start expanding her "territory" as she shows that she can be trusted in other areas. You can continue to confine her, either to her crate or to an easy to clean, safe area when you need to be away from home.


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She is out of her crate a lot. Problem is, when she needs to be crated, she carries on all of a sudden. She as access to the front part of the house when she is out, and I do trust her. She hasnt had but a couple of accidents since I got her. I worry more about her getting into stuff, and chewing on something, as she is going through that right now. I need to keep her use to the kennel, so that when we travel, it isnt a problem. I am sure she is just going through something. I am more concerned about the hair thing than anything else.
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Karen, to define it better, she is just in there for short periods, when I am taking a shower, go outside, or napping. Thanks
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what about taking her with you when you take a shower? not IN the shower, but is it possible to let her come in the bathroom and hang out in there with you while you shower? I always did this with Tillie when she was little and she still sometimes will come in with me. Same with napping, can she nap with you?? Tillie is strictly crate trained at night and while we are gone, but she has learned that she can nap with me on the bed and doesn't seem confused at all when she goes to her crate at night.
It sounds to me like she just wants to be with you and is confused as to why she can't.
And frankly, so am I ... if she is reliably potty trained why are you still crating her when you are home?? Sorry for the direct questions... just wanting to understand!!

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Mainly, to keep her use to the crating. When we travel, crating is necessary, and I dont want her barking her head off, and causing issues. It would be very easy for me to let her be with me all the time, but, in my crazy world, it is not always that way. She is already going through a phase of separation issues when I walk out the door to go somewhere.
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And, for the record, she wouldnt lay down and nap with me if her life depended on it, lol. She wont get that still.
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And, for the record, she wouldnt lay down and nap with me if her life depended on it, lol. She wont get that still.


The nap thing would be a problem for me too. Fortunately, Kodi has always LOVED napping with us. He will curl up and cuddle as long as we nap. As for the other times, obviously, you are right to confine her if she's going to get into things that might hurt her (or that she could destroy... Kodi went through a period of tearing the spines off any books he could reach!!!) But I don't think you need to worry about her being unwilling to be crated when you travel, as long as you make sure the crate is seen as a really high value thing in her life... by giving her a REALLY SPECIAL treat every time she goes in, or better yet, playing Susan Garrett's "Crate Games".

Kodi is only crated (or in his ex-pen) at night and when we are out of the house. He is happy to go in at both of these times. Since we show, his crate is his "safe place" at shows, and he is perfectly happy there. Same is true when we travel. We have no problem leaving him in his crate in a hotel room and going out to dinner. He just sleeps while we're out of the room.

I think you've been doing a great job with Gabby. If you want her to be in the crate while you shower for YOUR sake, that's fine. But I don't think it will damage her willingness to use her crate when you travel if you choose to let her go in the bathroom with you either. (Kodi never wants to get that near the water... He's afraid I might decide to give HIM a bath!)


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Do you put a toy in with her when you crate her? I always either give them a toy and/or a treat.
The hair thing sounds normal for a dog blowing coat. I don't think she'll go bald.

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Thanks Karen and Becky. I am doing my best with her, but sometimes it is frustrating, lol. I love her, but am trying to do best for her, me, and my things. I was a little concerned about the hair, as I have read some scary things lately. Her hair is thinner now, but, I assume it is because it is changing. I have been so close to taking her to get it cut, especially yesterday, combed her out late at night, by noon the next day it was totally matted. Are the mats mostly the undercoat? It seems that way, dont know. Thanks for your help, Karen, I guess I will relax and trust she will still be ok in her crate.
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