Q. I have a Dachshund with IVDD and he absolutely hates being confined. He paws at his crate and WILL NOT relax at all while confined. Please help.
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. Scraping at his crate while he is confined is no advantage to him and may risk further injury. It is vital that he does not jump, slip or fall under any circumstances and must not be walked on an slippery surfaces such as laminate floor or tiles without support. If he will not settle, confining him to a small room with good, non-slippery floor covering is less of a risk than digging his way out of a crate but he must not have anything available to climb or jump onto or off. Keeping the crate in the same room as you may comfort him if he used to being with you most of the time rather than him thinking he is being punished by you walking away from him into a different room