Shilo hates her crate

United States
August 30, 2008 6:27pm CST
As a lot of you know I have a big Akita named Shilo. Shilo is normally a ery good girl....except when we are eating. Then she goes crazy and gets right in your face (she is big enough to do this). So we crate her during meal times. She hates the crate and fights us with every fiber in her body. She weighs over 70 pounds so it takes two of us to wrestle her into it and inevitably one or all three of us gets hurt. Then she howls, and she whines, and cries and rattles the crate and really makes a pest and annoyance of herself. I wouldn't crate her at all if she would simply behave while we are eating. She has food in her bowl, she has water, we make sure she is walked prior to our meal she lacks for nothing. Any ideas?
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Wow sweet, that's a tough one! She's a big girl! The only thing you can do is try to train her to sit and stay and then feed her. (Like I'm sure you haven't tried this)lol. Next choice is maybe putting her in another room away from the family instead of the crate where you won't hear her as much. No, that won't work. Maybe there's some kind of obedience training stuff online that you can check out. How long have you had her and how old is she? Crating her is only going to upset her and all of you and risk hurting the family because she's so big and strong and it seems pointless anyway. It's a really tough thing to deal with. I had a dog that did the same thing only he was alot smaller. We'd end up feeding him and he would still keep coming back so that really wasn't an answer to the problem. I think it's pretty much a mute point. I hope there's some way that you can do something about the situation. Like I said, check out the sites online to see if maybe one of the pet sites has any ideas about a problem like this. They probably do.
• United States
30 Aug 08
We got her when she was 3 months old and she already weighed 30 pounds at that point. She is 7 months old now and over 70 pounds. Like I said she is so well behaved any other time of the day except our meal times. I mean she is good as gold any other time. But she wants to get in your face and smell your breath when you are eating and she is quite big to fight off. I don't know why she wants to smell our breaths she has some weird quirks and that is one of them lol. When we do give her food (she loves popcorn and I have to share with my special girl)she is so gentle she just gently takes it from us. I am serious she never grabs it, never snaps it out of our hands it is almost like feeding a little baby bird it is so sweet to see her like that lol. Our little dog corkie (mini daschound) nearly rips your hand off when you give him something (he hates popcorn but eats it out of spite).
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I read the paragraph on temperament on this page: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/akita.htm Anything there ring a bell? Handsome dogs, aren't they?
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• Canada
31 Aug 08
Do you have a room of your house that she won't destroy? Do you have a garage that is not too uncomfortable? If it's just for an hour or so while you are eating, put her into the garage! It will be a lot safer than trying to load her into a little crate (well little when compared to a large door) also, if the garage or room is located away from the eating area, her hours won't be so loud. Also, try looking into obedience school.
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@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
31 Aug 08
Do you go to any obedience classes with her? If not you should really look into positive reward-based training classes. The more training she gets the easier it will be for you to manage her when she is an adult. As you said, she's a big girl. You can't have a 70+ pound dog that will not get off when you say so. As for the crate, forcing her into it is only going to make her hate her crate. You have to make it worthwhile for her to be in it. Feed her in it, play games in and around the crate to get her used to it, and start luring her in and immediately let her out. Eventually you can start closing the door and let her wait a minute before letting her out again (do not let her out unless she is calm and quiet), and then gradually increase the time. There's just a whole lot more to crate training than shutting a dog into it. You gotta make it a fun place to be.
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• United States
31 Aug 08
You didn't mention if you have a yard. If you do you could put her outside while you are eating. I had a dog years ago that was not allowed in the dining room while we were eating. He would lay at the kitchen door and watch us. It sounds like your dog needs to go to obedience school. Other than that there is no ways that I can think of that would be good to help train her to behave herself at meal times.
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