Wanted to see if anyone would be able to offer advice with our 6 month old boxer, Cotton.
Cotton is a wonderful puppy. We go to obedience class once a week, have an 8yr old older boxer sister that plays with him all the time, large backyard to run and goes on walks frequently. Our one issue has been that he hated the crate, I mean violently screaming, biting etc whenever we put him in there. However, we let him cry it out and one day, it seemed to go away. As his name suggests (did I mentioned he’s a white boxer), he's a very cuddly dog. If he's tired, he wants to be on your lap or snuggled up against Malibu (older boxer) who doesn't mind. He will crash on a dog bed if needed, but it has to be soft and warm.
Over the past week I've noticed that when we come home the crate is trashed and wet, all over. Not from pee, but obviously from a panicked pup who has slobbered to death. He’s even destroyed an “indestructible” Kong bed. Night time hasn’t been bad, but I will admit we let them sleep together. I tried him in his crate last night and he was ok, but started crying at 3am vs sleeping all through the night with her. I’m comfortable with them crated together while I’m at home, but not sure when I’m gone in case she gets testy (which she never has).
Question – realizing 6 months is the next fear stage and they can revert to old behaviors, does anyone have any suggestions? Is letting them sleep together making the separation anxiety worse, should I give up and let them stay in the same crate during the day? Thanks for your thoughts.