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My Husband and I have an 11 month old F1 Goldendoodle named Lily. She has been a dream. Aside from a few accidents in the house, she's been easy to potty train, knows how to sit and lay down and walks on the leash without any problems. We love her to pieces. The only problem we are having with her is leaving her in the crate. She has severe anxiety, and we notice that when we come back home and let her out, her paws are wet (presumably from licking them, or from her saliva) and her little beard under her mouth is soaked as well. She doesn't have accidents in her crate and does really well at night when we're with her. Aaron (hubby) works from home, so she spends basically all day out of the crate with him, but he does put her in there for 30 minutes at a time to "nap". So, her problem is really only when she can't see us. We've left shirts that smell like us, toys, blankets, a clock, noise makers .. at this point, everything under the moon that we've read online, we've tried. We've only had her for two weeks, and are hoping that this is just a stage. She sleeps great at night in her crate, but then again, it's because we're in the same room as her. We did have her in another room at first, and she would cry for a while and eventually fall asleep. 

Any tips/suggestions/advice/etc? We feel bad for her and would hate for her to continually experience stress when we're away. 

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 6, 2018 at 1:34pm

by now you should have the issue resolved...  Wondering how you doing???  if she is still having issues (when she come in from outside just throw her a treat into open create... were she can come an go at her will..  she will come to regard it as a fun place not always confinement..

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on February 27, 2018 at 3:51pm

Don't know that I can give you any advice.  We have always had a crate for Pemon but never forced him to stay in it.  the Door is unlocked and he goes in when he wants. Yes, he opens the gate by himself.  Home alone, we have not had any problems because we don't lock him in the crate.  Sorry............ We have one smart doodle.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on February 16, 2018 at 12:46pm

Perhaps you could ease her fears if you randomly, during the day - put her in her crate and leave as if for a long period (out of her sight / hearing - open / close garage door or some such).  Return in a few minutes, release her from the crate, but don't make a big deal out of leaving or returning.  Nonchalant all the way.  Be as matter-of-fact about the whole process as possible.

Slowing increase the (training) time you keep her in the crate.  (Obviously, this is complicated by the fact that there will be times when you really need her in there longer, but I think desensitizing her to your comings & goings will, over time, make it better).

Good luck!

Comment by Adela Schaffer on February 14, 2018 at 12:24pm

Thank you both for responding! 
She's been doing a bit better. Our friend told us about a spray that you can use in their crate that puts off calming pheromones and is supposed to help with anxiety. I definitely don't want to put her on medications, and with her being so young still, I think she'll get over it. We'll just continue doing what we're doing :)

She was not a rescue. She came from a breeder in Brooksville. Was kept with her siblings and mom on occasion. She's probably still missing them. In the past few days though, she's come out of her shell a lot. I'll keep you guys posted!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on February 12, 2018 at 7:08pm

I'd say give more time too.  I think she'll start to learn the routine as long as you are consistent with it.  Was she a rescue?  Did she have any problems with former owners before you had her?

Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 12, 2018 at 6:59pm

I thik I just delieted my comments )(*&^%

Basically I wrote you are doing just fine.  Do not put her on any medication.    Ignore the issue  don't enable her with any more than her favorite toy. 

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