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    Default Oooo the spooky night

    I have found Mags is not overly fond of her crate in the laundry at bed time. I realised tonight she is afraid of the dark and that is the main issue . Not sure how to resolve this one as how do you teach a dog the dark is OK?
    I went out the back with her for the night pee before bed and unless the light was on she flatly refused to move. Turned the back light on and she was fine. She can't sleep anywhere else as she chews anything that is not nailed down ( and will chew anyway if it is)

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    She's got you figured out...

    I would put the crate in your room and move it about 5cm a night towards the laundry. It's not likely the dark, and more likely the separation from her pack that bothers her.

    Or you could buy a battery operated dimmer light and gradually make it darker in the laundry - night by night.

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    Farrview, your dog has trained you very well.

    If your dog is chewing, give it bones. A bone is generally, not always, but generally a preferred chew than a door say. And a dimmer switch, which you can use as described by hyacinth, can then be moved to another room, once you are retrained.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Hmm the dim light is doable, separation is a bit of problem for her but inevitable at times. She is very dfferent to previous lab X who were phlegmatic and didn't stress much. She has plenty she can chew and a bone most days ( we feed raw).She is a border collie so always looking for something new to investigate, hence endless chewing. She hasn't chewed a door yet but wooden arms on ( fortunately old) chairs are sad looking.
    We rent and the deal is she stays off the carpet, so not in our bedroom and my OH wouldn't have it anyway. The back half of the house where we are during the day is tiled so she has plenty of people contact.We do a 4.5 klm afternoon beach walk every day of which she does double as she runs off lead, done puppy preschool and I am waiting for obedience classes to start next term.
    And yes she is training me..lol I am the same with my adult children, just want them to be happy and worry when they aren't! Must toughen up

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    Just as an aside, they say a BC can train any idiot - that s why I have 6 of them.

    We have an issue with our 13 year old Sheltie who won't go outside at night unless the patio light is on. Leaving that light on gives enough ambient light so she can see her way from our bedroom and out the door. No light = wet tiles.
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    This idiot is enjoying the journey. Brilliant breed and serendipitous choice for me.

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    I am a great advocate of the quick fix if doable.
    In your position I would have a kid's night light in there.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 06-21-2012 at 02:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    She's got you figured out...

    I would put the crate in your room and move it about 5cm a night towards the laundry. It's not likely the dark, and more likely the separation from her pack that bothers her.

    Or you could buy a battery operated dimmer light and gradually make it darker in the laundry - night by night.
    Yep, this is what I do with mine.
    They start off right next to our bed to settle in then over the next few weeks I move the crate further and further away.
    I find that once the crate is actually outside the bedroom door (with the door open) the change is really quick after that.

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    Ive been trained by a border collie too. I caught on real fast too. Within 24hrs, it had me stroking it to sleep lol
    i was 19 at the time, and it was 'my' first dog ever.

    lovely memories of that dog. I lived in a high rise in London too at the time. never destructive as it trained me to get up at 4.30am, lay down a track for it to follow. In inner city, we did tracking down back alleys. It was that, or it would eat my home lol

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    phlegmatic? - do you antibiotics for that?

    pragmatic? - able to make practical application of historical events (sort of).

    phrenetic? - frantic (and isn't that so much easer to say and spell).

    I always find the first and third stressful. And spell checker is not always very helpful. And neither is predictive text. Sigh.

    Kath and Kim would exist without a well placed malaprop...

    And then there is what happens with the Telstra computer tries to translate what you say into an SMS to send - yikes.

    Sorry - just had to say something - because I really couldn't figure out how having too much phlegm could mean a lab was more laid back. Though Pneumonia would do it, I suppose.

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