My dogs similar, he had a crate at our last house and when we moved we just put his bed under the stairs. If we now go to back to our old house, he makes a bee line for his old bed and like coming out!
Just came downstairs to a floor full of wee and poo from new 9 month old dog
So how does crate training work then?
I'm thinking of getting a mutt for the family (grew up with dogs in the house). Do you lock them into the crate at night or when you go out to assist with house preservation or do you just use it as a bed with a roof?
Ours is still crapping on the floor and is 9 months and been here since may. Can be outside for a hour and come back inside and shit and piss everywhere.
Seems to have his house training now sorted but second night in cage he just howled and howled, eventually after a god 15 minutes had to go downstairs and let him out, I'm not sure if a cage has been used in the past as a punishment instead of a home.
Going to buy a bed for him today and a bigger one for our other Bedlington as they seem happy to sleep together now.
Thank god I work away through the week so they wife and daughter will have all the trials and tribulations until next Friday afternoon
its a new house and new environment with more than likely different food so totally to be expected.
Just make sure you feed the dog very bland food for the first few weeks or else you risk stomach infections/issues, I recently got a rescue and had exactly the same thing where it couldn't make it through the night and then after three days started passing blood.
You've evidently never had a dog that thinks it's dominant. It happens, it's pack mentality, and yes it is old school...a few million years old school.
You do realize that the dominance theories have been completely discredited now? Studies of wild European wolves and semi feral dogs has proven beyond any doubt that the alpha struggle for dominance theory just doesn't happen. All the dominance theories were based around observations of unrelated Timber wolves thrown together in a confined space in massively stressful circumstances so they acted in a very unnatural and strange way.
Also its not millions of years old school, as we domesticated canids ~20000 years ago and wiped out any others that were considered a threat.
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