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This is a discussion on Dog Thinks Entire House Is Food (& is a mess in general) within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Originally Posted by keddre You don't put a dog in a crate for being bad, you do it to keep them from being bad. So ...

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Old 02-09-2018, 01:48 PM
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You don't put a dog in a crate for being bad, you do it to keep them from being bad. So if you see him pooping, just say no, pick it up and throw it out; don't put him in the crate though. However, if you are about to head to work, grocery store, etc. and can't watch him, take him for a vigorous walk then place him in the crate. Plus you may want to restart house training, all the way back to puppy pads.
I suppose that is true. I see what you mean by that. I still worry a bit, but this makes more sense spelled out like this (which is what I need sometimes).

About the puppy pads, I'd love to try that, but knowing him, I think he would just eat them.
This is why we sort of have trouble with our old Lhasa just going to the bathroom wherever. We have always wanted to put pads down so he could go on those instead. But we can't due to the Pug that will most likely eat them.
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I did have another dog up until last summer I had to put her down she was always free in the house but sprocket was always in a play pen when I worked he's still young and don't trust him yet to have free roam
I would think it would take an adjustment period but you can't just let him roam free if he's not trustworthy just creates and keeps bad habits
I should add that the play pen shouldn't be all day it should be when u can't watch him
Like when your working or busy with dinner things like that catching him before he marks is ideal when he's out of his pen
U can always use a belly band too if you don't feel like ur capable of catching him before he marks although that won't teach him not to mark usually just will keep it off your floor and walls
I'm sorry to hear that about your other dog. That's always rough.

But that's good to hear that both of them seemed to deal with the play pen thing just fine. True, everything does take some getting used to I suppose. Yeah, that makes sense that it shouldn't be all day and shouldn't really be used after he does something bad, but before he can as a preventative. That makes it seem a bit better.
The belly band thing does seem interesting, but that's true that it probably won't prevent the actual behavior, just the mess. But it's an option at least. Thanks for all your advice.
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. I would suggest the crate or a pen when you can't keep a direct eye on him. In terms of him being crated while the other dogs are loose, they don't really associate that with "I'm bad" or "that's not fair."

I have an 11yr old mix breed who's great indoors and when we aren't home and only uses her crate for a bed. She rarely is closed in it. We also recently adopted a Chihuahua from the pound. He's been living in kennels for almost 8 months, so he needed a house training refresher. I kept him tethered to me (6ft leash attached to him and my belt loop) whenever I was home and just puttering around the house for the first week or so. Any time I can't keep an eye on him he goes in his pen.

He doesn't associate it with bad things, he's actually quite happy to go in, even though the other dog is loose. Basically he's either in my sight or in his pen at all times. As he gets better I get to be less vigilant with him. I noticed it helping a lot.

A daily walk - even if it's a half hour, or in the evening will definitely help as well. I feel you on the cold thing, it regularly gets -40 here in the winter. A walk stimulates them mentally more than just running in the yard would. If it's too cold though, maybe chasing a ball or playing with him indoors for a while would help release some energy for now, until it's nicer and you can start getting a daily walk in with him. Again, it doesn't HAVE to be in the morning. An evening walk is still better than no walk

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