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Old 12-14-2010, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Crate training an adult dog

So because it is so cold outside, I wanted to start keeping Murphy in the house when I have to leave. The only time I left him in the house, he destroyed the wall and drywall around my window in my bedroom.

Do you crate train the same way as a puppy as with an adult? I have never crate trained before, so I have no clue what I'm doing. Any advice would be great, thanks!
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That's what I would do.I would take him out before he goes in the crate and then as soon as you get home.You can put some chew toys in there with him so he doesn't get too bored.
If you're switching from him being outside to in the crate then you need to make sure he gets that extra added exercise.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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thanks, will do! =]
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You do it exactly like you would a puppy.

Make sure it's a place he WANTS to go into. Give him special treats/toys you only give him when he's in the crate. When he goes in there by himself, make sure you give him a few treats and give him lots of praise. If you can avoid it at all, don't just shove him in there.

For right now, since it sounds like he hasn't been crate-trained (as in not to go to the bathroom in a crate), I wouldn't put any blankets or anything in there for him to lie down on, if that is what you're thinking about doing. Unless you want to wash whatever you put in there every time he has an accident. Make sure not to punish him for it when you get home; he won't know what you're punishing him for, just that you're mad. If you make sure you take him out before you put him in and then RIGHT when you get home, like, you walk in the door and immediately head for his rate, then he'll eventually learn that he can hold it and rely on you to let him out the second you get home.
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@k8nkane: He has never been in the crate before, but he has been trained to not potty in the house. Do you think he would in the crate even though that is inside too?
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I'm not sure. What's the longest you would ever have him in the crate, do you think? For right now, I would start from scratch and just assume that even though he's house-trained he'll go in the crate. See what happens after a couple of days. If he doesn't go to the bathroom, awesome, throw some blankets in there.
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He would only be in there three hours max. I'm home all day, but I don't want to have to leave him outside when it's been so cold out lately.
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If he is an adult, and been housebroke I don't see an issue switching him to the crate. Most adults can hold their business until they are let out, especially if the crate isn't oversized. Most dogs will not go where they will have to sit and sleep, unless they are in there to long. As long as he is secure in the crate and doesn't try to bust out of it I think you will be surprised at just how easy it is.

I rarely have an issue with adults going in the crates, which is awesome since we do some much traveling...lol
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If he is an adult, and been housebroke I don't see an issue switching him to the crate. Most adults can hold their business until they are let out, especially if the crate isn't oversized. Most dogs will not go where they will have to sit and sleep, unless they are in there to long. As long as he is secure in the crate and doesn't try to bust out of it I think you will be surprised at just how easy it is.

I rarely have an issue with adults going in the crates, which is awesome since we do some much traveling...lol
I agree.
When we got Fatboy back he was almost a year old and stayed outside all the time.So he was by no means housebroken.He's done wonderful in a crate.Stays in it all night and then while we are not at home and he has never had an accident.So with yours already being housebroken I don't suspect that he'll have any accidents in there.
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You might have some added issues since he has been abused or has fear issues. I would start slowly. Since you are home all day I would start out with just opening the door to the crate and putting some good treats or a meat bone in there something he would like to have. When he goes in the crate praise really good. I would do this evveryday with him. Then once he is going in and out of the crate I would send him in the crate I use "kennel up" put him in there and then close the door. I wouldn't leave him a long time maybe just a few minutes see what he does. I would keep working at extending the time he is in the kennel until you get him to being in there 3-4hrs.



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I have one year old pitbull labrador mix, this is my firs dog and we got her 2 months ago , I am trying to train her but she always goes to the bathroom in the house while we are out and destroys things. I am afraid to crade train her, because she has separation anxiety, very strong some times aggressive to strangers and could hurt herself and could hurt herself. Any suggestions will be appresiated
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I have one year old pitbull labrador mix, this is my firs dog and we got her 2 months ago , I am trying to train her but she always goes to the bathroom in the house while we are out and destroys things. I am afraid to crade train her, because she has separation anxiety, very strong some times aggressive to strangers and could hurt herself and could hurt herself. Any suggestions will be appresiated

Crate training can actually be an awesome tool to help a dog get over separation anxiety. I would highly recommend it. Start by putting her in there for very short amounts of time. Give her a super special treat/toy while she's in there and praise. Slowly work up to leaving the room for small amounts of time. Try to make sure she's always comfortable so she doesn't think that whining = being let out of the crate. You can also leave something with your scent in there with her.

It's definitely important to prevent destructive behaviour, not only because it's obviously damaging to your house, but because they can ingest something toxic or it can cause a blockage or internal laceration.

As for the aggression towards people, that is something you need to seek a professional to help with. Contact a certified behaviourist for an assessment. Human aggression is absolutely unacceptable.
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