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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:01 am

BucketHead wrote:Nappy will tell you to have treats on hand when you come home and to celebrate those 'disasters' instead of trying to discipline your pup. He'll also say that creates are cruel and you should let the dog sleep between you and your wife.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by nafod » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:19 pm

Yes I Have Balls wrote:
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Yes I Have Balls wrote:Is your dog crate trained? If not, that would be the first step, IMO.
No....I've never bought into the crate training thing......she is potty trained. She is well-behaved when we are home....but now when we leave we are coming back to disasters. Puppy phase.
This doesn't change my advice. Many people have really weird ideas about what crate training actually is. Good luck in whatever you decide - sounds like demolition of the brick is the choice.
I have really weird ideas about what crate training is. I picture throwing her in box and leaving her until her spirit is broken......I should probably research it a bit.
Not at all! However, you aren't alone in thinking this - 90% of all dog owners I've ever met have no clue how great having a crate trained dog is and how much the dogs love it.

Look into it.
My 10 year old likes to sleep in the living room in his sleeping bag on weekends, and we let the dog stay out of the crate those nights. He waits until my son falls asleep, and then goes and sleeps in his crate. It is All His.

We also have 4 cats. One morning when we went to let the dog out of the crate, there was cat #3 standing right next to him. He likes to hang out in the crate too. Not all night, though, so it was probably an interesting night.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by JonnyCat » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:41 pm

protobuilder wrote:Get rid of the dog.

Dogs are filthy.
Yeah, if wasn't for this, I'd probably have at least four mutts. Love dem dags, but love a clean house a lot more.

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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by Kenny X » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:23 pm

I own a pit bull, got her at 14 weeks old. She is never outside unsupervised as her prey drive can propel her over fences, up trees, etc. ive only ever had pit bulls, and as such, I've had to learn how to keep a dog secured inside when I'm not home.

My dog has never destroyed furniture, dug around in the trash, etc while inside when I'm gone.

This entails hard work on the part of the owner. Here's how I do it:

Evenings:

1. Obedience training drills for a half an hour each, to keep her well disciplined.
2. Tug an fetch games, to wear her out.
3. Treadmill time if the tug and fetch games don't tire her enough
4. Time with large chewey bone for an outlet for chewing energy

The Next Morning:
1. Two mile walk or run
2. 15 min obedience drills
3. Secure her in the dog-proof bedroom


Keeping her well-trained and tired has worked wonders. Also clear boundaries on how to act when inside, enforced consistently are a must for any dog.

I've lived in a lot of bad places, places where dogs get stolen, and that also factored into this. And a lot of it has to do with my mentality that my pet is part of my family and will live inside, and follow my rules. Most dogs can thrive in an environment like this as, most dogs like rules, boundaries, consistency and a routine.

Be proactive and turn the "rambunctious phase" into a time of opportunities for learning, and keep the animal inside.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by Dunn » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:02 pm

Dr. Agkistrodon wrote:I own a pit bull, got her at 14 weeks old. She is never outside unsupervised as her prey drive can propel her over fences, up trees, etc. ive only ever had pit bulls, and as such, I've had to learn how to keep a dog secured inside when I'm not home.

My dog has never destroyed furniture, dug around in the trash, etc while inside when I'm gone.

This entails hard work on the part of the owner. Here's how I do it:

Evenings:

1. Obedience training drills for a half an hour each, to keep her well disciplined.
2. Tug an fetch games, to wear her out.
3. Treadmill time if the tug and fetch games don't tire her enough
4. Time with large chewey bone for an outlet for chewing energy

The Next Morning:
1. Two mile walk or run
2. 15 min obedience drills
3. Secure her in the dog-proof bedroom


Keeping her well-trained and tired has worked wonders. Also clear boundaries on how to act when inside, enforced consistently are a must for any dog.

I've lived in a lot of bad places, places where dogs get stolen, and that also factored into this. And a lot of it has to do with my mentality that my pet is part of my family and will live inside, and follow my rules. Most dogs can thrive in an environment like this as, most dogs like rules, boundaries, consistency and a routine.

Be proactive and turn the "rambunctious phase" into a time of opportunities for learning, and keep the animal inside.

Good stuff right there.

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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by Holland Oates » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:10 pm

Nothing wrong with a crate. I don't like leaving mine longer than necessary but it's a good tool. My dogs are sissies and it gets hot as balls here so no outside for them.

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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by dead man walking » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:31 pm

Ed Zachary wrote:Nothing wrong with a crate. I don't like leaving mine longer than necessary.
there you have it.

ez has been crate trained, and he's happy to hang out in it.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by Kenny X » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:01 pm

Ed Zachary wrote:Nothing wrong with a crate. I don't like leaving mine longer than necessary but it's a good tool. My dogs are sissies and it gets hot as balls here so no outside for them.
Always a viable option.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by newguy » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:45 pm

Dr. Agkistrodon wrote:I own a pit bull, got her at 14 weeks old. She is never outside unsupervised as her prey drive can propel her over fences, up trees, etc. ive only ever had pit bulls, and as such, I've had to learn how to keep a dog secured inside when I'm not home.

My dog has never destroyed furniture, dug around in the trash, etc while inside when I'm gone.

This entails hard work on the part of the owner. Here's how I do it:

Evenings:

1. Obedience training drills for a half an hour each, to keep her well disciplined.
2. Tug an fetch games, to wear her out.
3. Treadmill time if the tug and fetch games don't tire her enough
4. Time with large chewey bone for an outlet for chewing energy

The Next Morning:
1. Two mile walk or run
2. 15 min obedience drills
3. Secure her in the dog-proof bedroom


Keeping her well-trained and tired has worked wonders. Also clear boundaries on how to act when inside, enforced consistently are a must for any dog.

I've lived in a lot of bad places, places where dogs get stolen, and that also factored into this. And a lot of it has to do with my mentality that my pet is part of my family and will live inside, and follow my rules. Most dogs can thrive in an environment like this as, most dogs like rules, boundaries, consistency and a routine.

Be proactive and turn the "rambunctious phase" into a time of opportunities for learning, and keep the animal inside.
Thank you. A lot of good stuff in there. Question - If you did not have a dog proof room, would you be comfortable leaving her free to roam the house?

With our terrier, we were able to keep him secured in the kitchen when we were gone. He "graduated" to roaming free and has been an excellent house dog.

One thing I know I need to do is bite the bullet and set the alarm even earlier to give both of them (dogs) a longer AM walk.
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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by johno » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:59 pm

theAbstract wrote: What are some options to keep her off this brickwork? Planters don't work that well. Electronic fences seem to be based on a circle, and this doesn't work.
You can configure a radio fence to keep her off the planter.

http://irongarmx.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.p ... adio+fence General info on radio fence.

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Re: Dog Question/Advice

Post by newguy » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:19 pm

johno wrote:
theAbstract wrote: What are some options to keep her off this brickwork? Planters don't work that well. Electronic fences seem to be based on a circle, and this doesn't work.
You can configure a radio fence to keep her off the planter.

http://irongarmx.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.p ... adio+fence General info on radio fence.

I wouldn't regularly crate a dog for all day.
Optimally that is what I want to do. I have also seen some "scat mats." They are for indoor use mainly (throw them on the couch. Dog gets shocked when he touches them.) They are relatively cheap and I think two would do the trick.

But so far I have no evidence that this boxer wants anything to do with the bricks or the fence, while my first boxer would spend good chunks of her time one the planter, head over fence, greeting every person that walked by.
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