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I had found a puppy on Craigslist which I had believed to be collie/golden retriever. I could not pick up the dog but I had sent my mother to instead. She called me to say the seller said she had not heard from me so she sold the original dog I had agreed on purchasing and that she had a white one. I was very confused as to how that was even possible but my mom purchased the dog anyhow. He was 8 weeks old and I have had him for about 3 weeks now. When I saw him he was obviously not what I expected but instead a husky. I texted the seller and she said he was their neighbors dog and he was either husky or half. That she had no idea. I was very upset but decided to reduce the little guy and give him a chance. His name is Saga. I had a nice appropriate cage for him and he feeds twice a day once at 6am and twice at 1. He gets cut off with his water at 7. He is taken out every thirty minutes and no matter what he pees and poos in his cage then rolls in it as if it doesn't phase him. I clean the cage and sanitize it and he stills goes in it every day multiple times. Even after I take him outside. He uses the bathroom outside and I praise him. We are usually outside for an hour. When I leave he uses the bathroom. When I'm home he uses the bathroom. Always in the cage. When he eats he is very aggressive and will bite me. I have no idea what to do and am at my last wit. I will have to take him to the humane society if I can't fix this problem.
 

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This is why you don't buy a dog on craigs list. I would return the dog to the seller not dump it in the shelter. It does not sound like you are ready for the responsibility of dog ownership. These issues you are having are training related. Did you think your puppy came already trained? If you want to train your new pup check out the stickies in the training section.
 

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The seller will not accept the dog back. I want to train him and keep him. I really do love him but I've tried so many training things and he won't listen
 

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I wanted to give a dog a chance. So many dogs are left out there in the world. What's so wrong about me trying to give a dog a chance. Also I already have a trained Yorkie so I am a responsible dog owner already. Thanks.
 

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Your dog likely comes from a puppy mill (where dogs live and give birth in tiny cages). The behavior issues you're describing are incredibly common in dogs that come from those awful places, because they are born and raised in a very damaging environment. The money you paid for this puppy helps keep that puppy mill in business, ensuring that more puppies will be put through the same, which is why I hope you don't ever get another dog from a situation like this...there are plenty of responsible ways to get a dog or puppy.

For housebreaking, there is good advice here: http://www.dogforum.com/housetraining/house-training-how-tos-2135/

You can find good advice for treating resource guarding in Jean Donaldson's book Mine!. I would start ASAP. I also advise finding a good professional trainer who can work with you one-on-one while your puppy is still so young to help him overcome the trauma of his early life. Committing to a dog and to helping it learn good life skills is a very responsible thing, but that means doing things like hiring professional help, finding and reading good resources, and putting in a considerable amount of effort. I hope you can do what is necessary for your pup and you to enjoy a bright future together, and that the two of you have a lot of fun along the way.
 
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