Sometimes there just isn’t any other option- a dog needs to be contained and there is no time to completely rebuild his relationship with the crate. What then?
These notes are for resistant dogs, not aggressive, dogs.
Use a Furrari or a Vari-Kennel (or any plastic crate with a solid bottom half)
If your puppy or new dog flinches when you move your hands around his head then he is “hand shy”.
Every puppy goes through this process. With a few tricks of the trade in hand, you can use this event to lay the foundation for future wonderful walking and control around distractions. It isn’t a big deal – you see Sarah work a young Jack Russell Terrier through some of her concerns in just a few moments.
Does your dog freak out in the crate? Pant nonstop, filling the crate and himself with drool, howl or bark for hours on end, or does he try to fight his way free – breaking the crate bars/gate and his teeth/nails in the process? No matter what his level of distress, the following protocol can help most dogs learn to accept the crate again:
Congrats on your new companion! Now, even previously tidy dogs can be thrown off after being in a shelter or rescue and coming to your new home. So here are some ideas to help him settle in and get back to being the clean dog he was before (and if he wasn’t, to being the clean dog he was always meant to be).
Regardless of your dog’s past, his new life starts the day you bring him home. What he needs most is for you to limit his stress, while increasing reassuring structure in the form of routines, training and confinement.
Submissive urination, as it's called, is the canine version of politeness. The quick translation is: “You are more powerful than I am; I bow before you." Prime times for this are when you or anyone else enters your home, when you call your dog to you or if you scold your dog. This has nothing to do with housebreaking. It is actually an extremely respectful canine gesture. Many pups will do this and, if you don't react to it, most will outgrow it.