Dog pulls bedding out of cage
May 29, 2011 7:51 AM Subscribe
Why does my foster dog drag her bedding (and puppies!) out of her dog crate?
posted by southern_sky to pets & animals (11 answers total)
I am fostering a dog and her 2 week old puppies. Someone found her living outside in a rural area a few weeks ago. She's going to a more permanent foster home in one week.
We've set her and her puppies up in a large dog crate with several blankets and towels. For the most part, this has been fine, and she willingly goes in there to nurse the pups. The pups are healthy and spend most of their time sleeping. Several times now, though, the mama dog has pulled all of the towels and blankets out of the crate and stashed them around the house -- under my bed, in the closet, in the middle of the hallway, in the living room, etc. When she pulls the towels and blankets out, she pulls the puppies out too. We find them lying in the middle of the room, crying, or tangled up in the towels she's moving.
What is going on? What is she trying to do and why? How can we get her to stop?
Possibly relevant: we think the dog is an Australian cattle dog (a/k/a a blue heeler). She weighs about 25 pounds. There are three puppies. The crate is large and has plenty of room for her and the pups. We have it set up in a quiet room, out of the main traffic areas of the house.