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Old 07-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #16
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I had a yellow lab for many years, and I would leave him at home behind a gate. There were a few acres for him there with shade, water, shelter, etc. One summer there were even ducks and geese to keep him company.

One time, just before Memorial day, I came home to a large silver maple which had fallen across the driveway. This seems to happen in the spring. A weak tree will leaf out and the wind will blow, and it will fall then.

The drive was blocked, so I opened up the gate and went back to the garage behind the house to get my saw and start working on the tree. I was wondering the whole while where the dog was. He saw me coming and tried to get away from me and was very shy. I can only think that he felt it was his fault the tree had fallen.

Another time when I got out to open the gate, he locked me out of my truck with the truck running, then tormented me while I was waiting for my wife to come home from work with the extra keys. He went around the truck turning on the turn signals and making faces at me and refusing to hit the unlock button.

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Old 07-02-2012, 09:46 AM   #17
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We close and lock the front door of the house.
This is also the technique we use

We did have some different "get used to" periods w/ our dog. Tried crating her downstairs, crating her in our room while we slept etc. I felt so bad crating the poor thing, we don't use the crate anymore ... the funny thing is - sometimes I find her napping in there, she seems to like it so we leave it out. The door hasn't been closed in over a year though.

Small dog = small bladder ... which translates into -if I leave her alone all day sometimes she needs to go. Good thing is - if he needs to go she uses the pad on the bathroom floor, it's kinda silly, but it saves me from having to pay a dog walker....
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The final straw in not crating her was that we realized that she likes to do this around 18 hrs a day:
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''crating'' is only hard on a dog thats never been trained in a crate before

most will find a sense of security in there when your not home
my dog now has the run of the house,but like the others have said when i come home thats where i'll find him
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I agree with Tom- we have a 9 month old Black Lab, and he is crate trained. He goes there now even if he isn't "needed" to go. We have a sheet over it, and he likes the security, it is part of his wolf genealogy... It's not a lack of training, he has been in classes and is getting quite good with most all of his commands. Problem is, if you're not in the house with a Lab who chews everything (which is a Lab thing like some other dogs) it's a whole different game when you leave a 60+ lbs. chewing machine that can put his front elbows on the counter, than if you own an 8" tall cuddle bug... Eventually he will have the run of the house once he's out of his chewing phase, but for now, Jaws is crated during his alone time if he isn't outside instead...
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I see I had a false impression about the crates. I never saw one until a few years ago. Have seen several since.
But I won't allow that false impression take away from the perfection that is 'me'. I thought I was wrong once, but after reviewing the facts, I saw that I was mistaken.
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We have a 3 year old Boston Terrier. She loves to chew and is always curious as to what is in the middle of anything stuffed... There's no way we could leave her unattended for very long, maybe next year. She is very well trained, sit, stand, play dead, heal, lay down, roll over, get down, calm. But left alone she unstuffs whatever she can get ahold of. I think its because she can't stand being alone. The crate is her "cave" and she actually prefers to be in there most of the day sleeping (we leave the crate door open).
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Sometimes I think my dog can read my mind. For an 8lb dog she has a GIANT crate ...... sometimes i find myself thinking "hey, could put xyz in that corner if I put the crate away" so I go in there to visualize it ....... and that is the day she choses to take a nap in the d@mn crate........
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I have had a dog my entire life and I will probably always have one. A dog that is crate trained properly will come to think of it has his den
I have a king shepherd who had a crate as a pup, but it was short lived. He quickly outgrew the large size, but he came to think of the entire room (large laundry rm) that it was in, as his den. He would go there to get away from the kids.

Dogs get destuctive when they are bored, anxious or full of energy. You must choose your pet based on your lifestyle. Don't get a jack russel or a herding type if you can't cope with the energy level.

When you come home at night to find he has consistently destroyed something then you are part of the problem.
Drain his energy before work, provide things he knows he's allowed to chew and don't lose control when you come home to a mess. That will contribute to his cycle of anxiety.

My dog is so big he can easily rest his head on the kitchen table, But he wouldn't dare. In fact, I can leave a roast beef sandwich on the coffee table and he wouldn't even sniff it. I could leave and it would still be there. But watch him gulp it if I said ok.

Doc: Anything, good or bad that happens to a pup during the weeks of 10-14 are permanetly etched in a dogs mind. (Thats why its so important not to coddle your dog during a thunderstorm or you will forever endure a wimp).
Your dog baring his teeth is really not acceptable especially if there are kids around.
I suggest you do a dominance exercise daily until he gets the message. I have flipped my 120 lb male onto his side and laid on him to keep him down when he needed it. He gets up when I say and not a moment sooner. That was in his young years. Now he will lay down with a hand signal.

Treat them with respect and they in turn will do the same
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You're preaching to the choir, creeper. I have had over 30 dogs in my entire life, never been without one but mostly had three or four at a time. And you may have missed the part where I said he DOESN'T flash his teeth, just growls.
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Creeper- your sandwich thought made me think of this video...

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You're preaching to the choir, creeper. I have had over 30 dogs in my entire life, never been without one but mostly had three or four at a time. And you may have missed the part where I said he DOESN'T flash his teeth, just growls.
Apologies..I guess I should pay more attention
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I see I had a false impression about the crates. I never saw one until a few years ago. Have seen several since.
But I won't allow that false impression take away from the perfection that is 'me'. I thought I was wrong once, but after reviewing the facts, I saw that I was mistaken.

i'm thinkin about getting one for myself Franki could use a little security..it can be scary out there..the wife says she will throw a blanket over it at night for me
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My kids will sometimes have McD's after a school event or whatever...our Syd LOVES French fries (of course). They'll eat picnic style in the living room floor, and, being little kids, sometimes wander away to do whatever else. I tried an experiment.

I left a few fries on a plate on the floor. Syd was down there, all of us were upstairs. After 10-15 minutes, I crept down and peered at her, and she was laying 'Sphinx-style' (front legs stretched out) about 2 feet from the plate. She never snagged a single fry, even after a half hour. We didn't train her, she had her manners when we got her. We've expanded on it, and now she can stand up, roll over, speak, sit, lie down, fetch, etc.... Smart doggy. And yes, she finally got to have a few fries ;-)

At night she drags the blanket a little bit off the bed, rolls herself up, and snores louder than my wife.
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