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Six month old dog urinating and defecating while I'm at work; what can I do?

Step one: Don't leave a puppy unattended for long periods of time. A puppy can't hold it for too long (this is why there's pee and poo around your house) You can't train him if you're away for so ...
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I don't understand crate training. What am I missing?

I have a 6 month old Springer Spaniel, so a few months ago, I was in your position, and going a bit nuts. I understood the purpose of crate training as being to only allow the dog to go toilet ...
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Is it OK to crate my new dog at night while my old dog roams the house?

It is fine to constrain one dog while keeping the other dog free to roam; this is common in many households where one dog is more comfortable being crated, or needs to be quarantined for any reason. ...
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7 Week Old Husky Puppy Cries In Crate

Not sure if you have tried this already .... But I've been through this too and it's not fun. So I hope this might help. Not an expert or anything on this but with my puppy, (German shepherd) one ...
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How do I know when my puppy is ready to be loose in the house?

It sounds like you're off to a great start. Basically, you're trying to set the fundamentals in place, right now. Just keep telling yourself that no matter how much work it seems like, you're doing ...
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Puppy crate training

Puppies do not begin to develop bladder control until around 6 months old. It's not fully developed until around a year of age. What this means is that your puppy is not physically capable of ...
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Crate training a puppy: Should the cage be empty?

I agree with Layna, toilet training and crate training are 2 different things. A crate should be a sanctuary for your puppy, a place of safety, a place of her own where she/he can retreat safely, like ...
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10 month old GSD going crazy in crate - how to stop this?

In addition to Omar's answer, you should make your "bad" dog work for simple, everyday things. There are several different forms of puzzle feeders available that offer different levels of ...
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Should we crate our puppy during their first car ride?

Assuming you're taking him home from the breeder at around 8 weeks of age, he's still in his critical (socialisation) period, meaning that they are very open to new experiences and won't have a priori ...
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7 Week Old Husky Puppy Cries In Crate

I think the puppy needs to go to it's crate on it's own and not by being forced to go there. The only solution is to make it feel like the crate is it's own house. Leave it's food plate and water ...
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Crate training a puppy: Should the cage be empty?

Two points should be made here. First: your puppy is not able to control it's bladder fully yet! No matter it it realises it will sit in pee or not, it will need to go. The general rule to follow is:...
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For an adult, housebroken dog, is it okay to not have a crate?

No, crates aren't necessary. I had 4 different dogs while growing up at my parents house and we never owned a single crate. My personal dog that I have now has his own crate, and I love it for the ...
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For an adult, housebroken dog, is it okay to not have a crate?

Dogs don't need a crate but it's OK to have one if you wish. Normally there are two reasons to have a crate for your dogs. One is to help you control your dog when you're not around for a longer ...
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Adult Golden Doodle needs to stay home alone for 10 hours on weekdays, having trouble with accidents

You're right, it really is just too long. Most healthy adult dogs can hold urine for about 8-9 hours maximum. And asking them to routinely go longer is inhumane. Crating him may work in the short term,...
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My dog goes crazy in a cage and destroys everything. HELP

What you have is a working breed, a dog bread historically for a job. These dogs tend to be highly active and have buckets of drive to work and play. Not to mention she is young too so she will be ...
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How to stop dogs from making noise?

Cut an old yoga mat to size of the floor of the crate, adding an additional inch on each side as to match the curve. Add strips of Velcro across the bottom width of the mat and the crate floor every 5 ...
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7 Week Old Husky Puppy Cries In Crate

Ah I remember these days... ;) Here are a few things that helped me a lot (in addition to J Hutchison's suggestions): If possible, place the crate next to your bed. If this isn't possible, bring ...
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Dogs increasingly becoming picky and going to the bathroom in crate

- Are my dogs doing this (peeing in their food and water bowls) to spite me? They have no medical problems as I have gotten them evaluated multiple times in the last 2 or 3 months. Dogs aren't ...
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How to house-train a dog with separation anxiety?

It sounds like you need to try a gradual process to getting him used to separation. His problem of peeing in his crate (if due to separation anxiety) will not go away by simply getting him used to the ...
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Is it ok to move dog crate from room to room?

They purpose of crate training is to establish a safe space for your dog, where it can go it it wants some space. You are aiming to establish it as such, and so I would suggest moving it is redundant....
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7 Week Old Husky Puppy Cries In Crate

Huskies are one of the whinniest dogs we see (German shepherds are a close second). You absolutely cannot give him attention when he cries, this rewards the behavior. They are energetic dogs that need ...
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How to undo the mistakes I have done in potty training?

Toilet training is all about positive reinforcement. It sounds like your puppy has got the hang of using a specific place to toilet nice and quickly, which is great. What you need to do now is get him ...
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How long can my 9 month old puppy stay in the crate?

I'm guessing you don't get up in the middle of the night to let your puppy out to go, do you? If not, she can hold it for 7 or 8 hours. I wouldn't get her a larger crate; if she has to go, she will ...
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How can I train my dog to sleep quietly in a crate when he misses his dog friend?

My specific solution was moving the crate too our bedroom and get him a hot water bottle in his crate. The hot water bottle on itself got him to sleep better but he still woke up too early. This ...
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How can I train my dog to sleep quietly in a crate when he misses his dog friend?

Think about get him a new friend, It is lonely being alone. While neither of you may want to get a puppy, there are many mature dogs at local shelters that need a home. Our local shelter will allow ...
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How can I train my dog to sleep quietly in a crate when he misses his dog friend?

I have had this identical problem with my dog. He pined all night long for his mate (who had passed away), and he wouldn't be quiet until I took him outside. As harsh as it may sound considering the ...
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How to do an 8-hour road trip with a husky puppy?

This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Pet crate or should I fold the seats and let her roam free ...
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I don't understand crate training. What am I missing?

I may edit when you have answered the questions in the comment. A start from what I gather from your post: You puppy well may be clingy because she was separated too early. 8 weeks should be minimum, ...
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Dogs barking in their crate at 5:30 every morning

First of all, you will need to figure out why they are barking. Only then you can try working on the solution. Dogs bark for a number of reasons. It could be because of boredom, or they might be ...
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