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    Need some help. My little Bullie has started a new habit. It is a bad one that I do not know how to stop. Two weeks ago she had an accident in her cage. She started to try and get away from the accident by biting on her wire cage. We if course cleaned her and the cage up. It wasn't her fault. After that every time she is in the cage while we are at work she works in the wire cage more. We get gone to a dried out pup that has slobber pooled in her cage. We are worried she is goof to hurt herself. We cannot leave her loose while we are at work. What to do?


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    to EBN!!! I'm sorry I have never had this issue w/my bullies... Whenever I leave Winston in his crate, I leave a Nylabone in there so he has something to chew on. Do you leave anything in the crate to keep her from getting bored? A Kong toy w/treats inside might keep her busy for awhile.

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    Yeah we put her nylabone in after she started this issue. But she leaves that alone. 😞


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    Quote Originally Posted by Absnova View Post
    Yeah we put her nylabone in after she started this issue. But she leaves that alone. 


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    I would try the Kongs... you can put peanut butter in there & stuff that thing full!!! I have never heard of a bully trying to eat the wire's of the crate, but I'm sure someone on here has dealt w/that before!

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    It is worth a shot my husband is so angry about this issue. We love her to pieces but he hates coming home to her soaked and we are worried she will break her teeth!


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    Hi, I'm sorry you're going through this, and I also have never heard of a bully chewing the metal on the cage. A friend of mine, has a dog that used to chew on the plastic tray under the crate, and he ate pieces of it, but not the cage itself. Is this a new habit? I don't know what would cause him to suddenly do this, other than he might be bored, separation anxiety? If he's not a material swallower like blankets, pillows, or clothes, then maybe putting a shirt of yours with your scent on it might help? Could you put her in the kitchen, or another room that was safe for her, and with nothing for her to chew on, and gate it off? Maybe she would be okay if she had more freedom. You could try this on a day you were home, and see how she does. Good luck in finding a solution. Keep us posted on how she's doing.
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    WOW, it must be separation anxiety. Try putting her in the crate when you are home for short periods, if you see her chew on it tell her NO and give a chew toy. This will take time. Some others may have some better ideas to try.
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    Thank you for the ideas guys. This is a new habit she started. We only cage her while at work she has full reign if the house all the rest of the time. I can try a scented shirt Near it if we put in in there she pees on them. Done that since first crate day no matter what it is. So she gets bare crate tray.


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    How long is your bully left in the cage? This definitely looks like separation anxiety/ boredom. Can you find a place that is not carpeted, and attach an xpen to the crate to allow more freedom? Maybe you could have someone come in throughout the day to walk her if she is in the crate more than a few hours. Just some suggestions.
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    She is in the cage from 630 to 345.


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    It sounds like she is totally scared and stressed and having the accident in the crate has just put her "over the top" the pics you show would make me think that she is trying to "escape" more than anything. Maybe trying a different kind of crate??That is a very long time for a bully to be in a crate all by itself in my opinion. Could you have anyone come in just for a short time each day to take her out and spend a few mins playing with her? I know that is easier said than done but worth a try if you can. There are good treats out there that help calm your pet down. Ask your vet. A stressful situation for all of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mer55 View Post
    How long is your bully left in the cage? This definitely looks like separation anxiety/ boredom. Can you find a place that is not carpeted, and attach an xpen to the crate to allow more freedom? Maybe you could have someone come in throughout the day to walk her if she is in the crate more than a few hours. Just some suggestions.
    I agree with the idea of attaching a pen to the crate. Perhaps even a new crate-the doscocil (sp?) type,( maybe start anew?) and a pen that she could not knock down? If you have a pen attached-leave the crate door open. A new crate may help her "forget" what freaked her,and the pen would give her a little more freedom with a few tough toys. Kong(I have never tried) and Nylabone has some for heavy duty chewers. Being I have no dogsitters,or walkers here, I have had to get "creative!"
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