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Our 12 yr old Jack Russell Terrier, Daisy, no longer wants to sleep in her crate which she has done every night since she was a puppy. She cries and whines for at least a half hour or more.  This started when we went away for the weekend at Christmas.  She was taken care of by our neighbor who she has always known and loves.  We take turns caring for each others dog when one of us is away.  What do we to change this behavior?

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Hi Linda,

It's so hard to figure things out because our dogs can't talk to us.....
Daisy could definitely be worried that you will be going away again.  Did your neighbor have her the entire time or just come over and check in on her? Perhaps being locked in the crate at night without you there was scary for her....in which case, she might just might need time to re-adjust.  You could put a shirt or something with your scent on it inside the crate with her at night so she can "smell"/"feel" you.  You should also check that maybe she is uncomfortable in it? Does she stay in it during the day? If so, that's  not the problem, but if not, maybe a nice new fluffy bed would help.  Age 12 she may be experiencing a little arthritis or something. Is the crate downstairs while you're upstairs at night? Perhaps you could either sleep downstairs with her for a few nights or bring the crate up into your room just to reassure her for a little while.  
If all else fails, a trip to the veterinarian for a check up could be in order.  I wish you the very best of luck with Daisy!  
Please accept my apologies for not responding right away, somehow this question slipped by.
Take care.

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Questions on "Jack" Russell Terriers pertaining to their health, well being, general questions on breed, types, size, shape, health, personalities, behavior problems, genetics, so called standard, what to look for when purchasing, and if you would be a good match with this wonderful and unique dog. Too many times, people buy jack puppies because they are absolutely adorable, and then a few months down the road they own this dog that they know nothing about and haven't prepared or trained for. I love the breed and everything about them and hope to provide some help, education and advice to current and prospective owners. I am a veterinary technician, dog trainer and breeder of Jack Russells.

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I own four Jack Russells and I have been working with dogs for 30 years. My personal interest is in helping educate people about the very special qualities of this breed. I advocate education and research of the breed before you buy one, they are wonderful pets if suited with the right person/family. Do your homework first! I can help you determine if you are a good match with this breed. I want people to know also that there are two types of Jack Russells, the Parson hunter with long legs and the Shortie or Russell Terrier and their very distinct differences. I also hope to allay fears about their CRAZY reputations - which is not always the case. ~*~*~*IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ*~*~*~ PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ENDORSE THE SALE OF ANY JACK RUSSELLS OR JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES THAT MAY BE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS OR OTHER PLACES THAT SELL MANY DIFFERENT DOGS OVER THE INTERNET. ALSO I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY VIDEOS OR TRAINING TAPES THAT ARE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU PICK OUT A REPUTABLE TRAINER/VIDEO SERIES OR EVEN PUPPIES IF PRIVATELY ASKED. I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY SALES ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS PAGE.

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Veterinary Technician - Newbury College 1982 - 1985

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