Pro tip: when you’re dealing with a stressful situation and all your routines are out of whack, it’s best not to forget to take your anti-depressants for several days. OOF yes that was me. I remembered last night, and honestly, I wasn’t doing too bad without it but jumping back in is making today a little rough. Or maybe today just isn’t a great day. I could feel my nerves on edge so I took the time to set up a new gate this morning.
Crate training has been stressful for both me and Duncan; he doesn’t want to go in it, and was starting to avoid going into the dining room because that’s where the crate is. I don’t want to have to fight with him every morning when I have to go back to work, so I’m trying Plan B. We have a small nook in our kitchen, which is where he used to sleep anyway, so I put a bed back there and gated it, and I’m hoping that will be a good crate alternative. When I’m not around, I’ll put the cone back on him and close the other kitchen gates too, as a precaution.
This way I have a safe place to put him when I need a break or want to make lunch. It really is just like having a newborn again, and how sometimes you need to just put the baby in the crib and walk away for a few minutes, knowing they’re safe.
That’s all I got, guys. I’m off to play with yarn and drink tea.
I hope the new doggy nook works better than the kennel. I also hope tea and knitting hlep you feel better.
I’ve only started reading your blog, so please forgive me in advance. How long have you had your dog? I only ask because I have 2 dogs, a Westie and a rescue. We don’t really know her breed. Anyway I use crates and when I’m home I leave the door open. Often I find them there, I guess because it’s quiet and they can rest. Both of them love their crates.
I have three dogs. Duncan I’ve had for two and a half years, the others for five. We don’t use crates. We’ve had this crate open for two weeks and each dog has voluntarily gone in there once. None of them love this crate.
We mostly use them for traveling. Since I don’t work anymore the doors are never shut. They just like to lay in them. I used to cover them except for the door to make them more like a den.
Glad they work for you.
Take care of yourself! ❤️
Thank you, I’m doing my best! 🙂