I wonder if it has to do with them (Gucci & Gracie both) being rescue dogs. Gracie had a HORRIBLE 6 months before we got her at the pound. I think they just got so attached to having someone love and care from them that they freak any time we leave because their little brains revert back to the bad times.
Now how to SOLVE any of this, I have no idea. Gracie had been doing better with me making lots of happy talk about her crate, how it was a "good box" and stuff like that. It seemed to work until yesterday.........she had another meltdown during the morning.
Gucci has no trouble going into the crate...she just hates me leaving. You know she was pretty young when I got her - 3 months and now she's 5 months. My understanding is it could have nothing to do w/ the time that we didn't have them.