I was wondering what other people's opinions were on crate training. At this very moment my boyfriend and I are having a debate on wether or not to do it with our Puppy, Ben is a 5 month old mastiff/pit bull mix. He is wonderful and we've had him for 2 1/2 months. He is smart and has responded well to training. No accidents in the house anymore, except at night. No matter what we try I always have a fresh pee spot in the morning. He doesn't chew on anything but his toys, Until we leave the house. When we come home something is shredded. Garbage only paper, boxes, sometimes a stuffed animal. Other than that he has great behavior.
I once owned two pitbulls. Harly was a dream. Never had an accident. Never chewed. Kiya had the same two problems Ben is showing now. I crate trained her. It worked wonderfully. She is now almost 3 years old and she loves her crate. Thats her spot, her place to get away. I'm almost jealous of her. But I understand that crate training is great for some dogs and not needed for others. I think Ben would benefit from crate training as much as we would ( and our carpets). But Jesse wants to hear nothing of it. He just completly disagrees.
So now I'm looking for any feedback you guys may have. Thanks
I agree with you. Perhaps you pick up your stuff and allow the dog to continue eating your boyfriend's stuff until he realizes he is ready to do something about it? If only they were as easy to train as our dogs.
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In my opinion, the crate is a great thing if its used humanely (not 24 hrs a day) When it comes to house training, the crate is used to keep the puppy from wandering the house, so it doesn't pee in the house.So really your pup is not house trained. A dog or puppy does not know right from wrong, house training is about habits built by you (to go outside)He doesn't know that in the house is not allowed.If a dog hides to go, its usually associated with a reaction from an owner, when the dog is caught in the act of going. Not every dog reacts the same, just like people, we respond differently, depending on our personnallity and temperment. If the crate is such a problem, invest in wire pen, and stop setting up the puppy for failure.