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  1. I have the same problem so I'm going to join in and follow answers to original post (and share anything I learn)! A year ago, I rescued a border collie. The vet believes that the dog may have been neglected and he has terrible separation anxiety. He is NOT crate-trained and is petrified of storms. I have tried (unsuccessfully) to make the crate a safe, fun place (leaving door open/treats or toys inside/left food inside). He's so smart, he didn't fall for it. He used to sleep outside my bedroom door. Once, I was inside my room (he was outside) and I said his name. Since that time, he scratches at doors if he thinks I'm on the other side (which has damaged several doors). So, I've let him sleep in my room near my bed, but now he has started jumping up on the bed and lies his body across my neck. I am recovering from surgery, so I have got to get some sleep. (It's 3:23 a.m.now). This has been going on for months now. I have tried to put him in the crate. He puts all his legs around the crate and becomes dead weight. He's fine once I get him in, but he hates it. Lately, his crate-avoidance behaviors have worsened. He acts afraid of me (not just the crate)! I have found a place that does training, but it's $660 for 12 sessions and I'm on medical leave (and not earning a full paycheck). So, I thought I'd ask if anyone has any advice on training an adult (possible 3- to 4-year-old) border collie who may have been left (or may have had such negative experience) with a crate. I need help! Thanks (in advance).
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