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    Default I have a new foster…and some questions

    I picked up our first foster last night. He is 18 months old. The original owner stated he was crate trained, but he wants no part of the crate. He cries and barks and tries to dig his way out. Any suggestions? Should I let him cry it out? I tried keeping it covered and uncovered. Neither way worked. I stayed up with him all night in the family room. He barely slept. His breathing is horrible, his nostrils are so narrow, I think he can't get comfortable. Please help a very tired foster momma


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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    I tagged a few members that have had fosters in their homes so they may ave some advice..... but it seems he is really stressed over the change. Maybe you can gate him in a room, like a laundry room, kitchen or bathroom for a few days... let him settle in a bit?
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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    Change is the worst for dogs awaiting adoption. Even if he was previously crate trained....he may have regressed due to being out of his comfort zone. I would reintroduce the crate like you do for a puppy. Make it a happy comfortable place and stick to a routine. He needs a routine he can count on right now. Sometimes you do have to let them cry it out....but just start from ground zero like he is a baby pup.

    good luck and thank you so much for opening your home to a foster dog

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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    Maybe the poor fella' was crate trained by being kept in a crate all the time, and now he wants no part of it. If he has breathing problems and gets so stressed out, as @2BullyMama suggested, I would see if you have somewhere that you can gate him-laundry room, kitchen? @MyStellaBully it is great of you to foster the poor baby.
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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    I wouldnt let him cry it out if he is really stressed. I agree maybe you should let him get used to your home first. My rescue baby was crated all the time, and did the same thing as far as crying and digging. we kept him gated in the kitchen and only had him sleep in his crate or if we werent home. Now he sleeps on the couch every night, a priviledge he has earned. I would limit his crate time as much as you can.
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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    I agree with the above advice. Poor guy is probably confused and stressed. You could also try crating him in your bedroom at night. Bulldogs love to be around their people.

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    Default Re: I have a new foster…and some questions

    As others have said, he needs to adjust to his new surroundings. Try feeding him in the crate with the door open, and put him in the crate for a few time day at short intervals, giving him a treat every time he goes in. He will get used to to.
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