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Old 20-03-2019, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Harley is now 2 years old, and is the 4th lab we have had since I was a child, so yeah, our family is addicted.

From Leia, who was albino, that I fed wallpaper paste to when I was 4, to Kirsti who was golden and loved her paw being held when she slept at our feet, to Holly the chocolate rocket who showed great character, love and strength throughout her long fight with skin cancer, to this mad black nutcase!
Guess you could say we've covered the areas of the colour spectrum!!

We have an issue with Harley..........when we got her we heard her litter lost their mother 5 weeks after she was born.
Mum and I brought her home and introduced her to the one of two siamese sisters we had remaining, Ally.

Ally, who had lost her sister a year before at 18 years old, was the ideal 'elderly' friend to Harley initially.......we say initially as just 2-3 months later Ally decided to go to sleep for the final time.

To this day, as I write this Harley still loves her 'batcave' as we call it. I live 10 mins from mum and know when she goes to bed at night she cant bear to look at Harley locked up in her cage at night in the kitchen, even though she is quite happy with her carrot filled Kong.

The thing is, we are quite sure due to the 'losses' of her mum and Ally, that Harley has anxiety about being left alone.

We have tried the odd time to have her lying in her normal soft bed, and taking the cage away at night, but we believe, when the cage is away, she is getting stressed and fearful that possibly she thinks she is being left alone.
She has already attempted to 'chew' through the wooden kitchen door, almost loosening one or two of the decorative glass panels being held by the wooden surrounds.

So at the moment, even during the day she just wanders into the cage, where the door is left open as if its the norm.

Harley, like the others is just the typical perfect lab.........apart from this one issue.

We just cant understand why she likes the cage when she has a perfectly welcoming soft dog bed in the kitchen at night.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated,

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Old 20-03-2019, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A cage is "All round." It stops the trolls attacking her while she's asleep. If she's happy there why worry. Just leave the door open so she can come and go as she pleases.

When my Chloe grew too big for the baby cage and I got the "Adult cage" out, the first to go in there was Amy, who had not been in the cage for 9 years! Which really goes to show what she thought of the cage! (I don't use the cage once the pups get to a year or so old because my kitchen is rather small.)

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Old 08-04-2019, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All of our love the crate. If we have one set up for visitors, pups etc, everyone always races to get in there. Remember to them it is a den, not a cage.
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Old 17-04-2019, 01:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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All of mine love their crates too.
Coco - Cocoa Calos Thea 25.7.2002 - 30.5.2012
Milly - Myegirl Millicent 1.5.2001 - 17.6.2015
Together at Rainbow Bridge, gone but never forgotten
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Smile Dog Crate Training

Dog Crates just work best for some dogs, specially as puppies.
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