Ok, We brought our 5 month old black lab pup home from the local shelter about a month ago. She learned right away that peeing on the carpet/hardwood floors was not allowed. We do not kennel her through the night, but instead keep her in our room with us with the door closed. If she is in the kennel at night she will bark continuously until we let her out. She doesn't have ANY accidents while we are asleep, no matter how long we've been asleep. During the day, however, we keep her in the kennel while we are at work/school. This way she doesn't pester our older dog all day or find fun things to chew on when no one is there to watch her. Every single day we return home to find her absolutely soaked in her own pee. Soaked to the point that when we let her out her jumping around splashes us a little... I am getting severely tired of getting home and having to scrub out the kennel and give her baths all the time... What do we do? I'm completely confused about how she can go all night in our room without an accident, but not make it through the day in her kennel without and accident. Not only that, but we have two roommates in our home, so even though we work an 8 hour shift, she is in and out of the kennel and able to go outdoors through the day. The kennel is large enough for her to fit and turn around, but not big enough for her to move around too much. Though I don't know if that would matter since she doesn't mind being in her pee...
She might be getting stressed out in the kennel. At most shelters it is ok to pee in there kennel, so she could be a bit confused. have you considered an x-pen? You could give her a bed and a potty area.
you know big dog, the more posts I read the more of an idiot you become. a properly crate trained dog is an extremly happy one. people like you confuse people like the OP. what is your suggestion for 2 dogs that can't be around each other. 2 dominate bitches, just let them fight and see who wins? Please get a clue
Geez, where did this idiot come from? Yes, just let the puppy run loose. That way, maybe he can chew an electrical cord. Or maybe he can chew holes in your blankets and pillows. Perhaps chewing the table legs would be more his style. If someone could be banned for stupidity, thebigdog would be one of the first on the list....
EVERY DOG should be crate trained-NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Even dogs who live with someone who is home all day need to be crate trained. What happens if they need to be crated at the vets-perhaps overnight or for a few days? Not the time to stress a dog out by putting him in a crate for the first time. What if there is an emergency and he needs to be crated? Every dog should feel comfortable being in a crate, even if he is not crated every day. It's just common sense.
"Crate trained" does not mean living a life confined to a cage, that would be cruel. Crate training is responsible, and a must. Especially with a puppy.
bigdog, I would be curious to know your views on pet ownership or domestication of animals in general since you think most of the posts by members on this boards are incorrect, incompetent and or cruel.
Do you eat meat? Those animals were once living and breathing. If you can't stand the idea of a puppy secured in a crate for a few hours while you are away, you would be horrified by the "life" your dinner led.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 10/14/2009 10:37:43 PM*** Reason: ..
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