Dog Training Help
April 2, 2010 10:50 AM Subscribe
Please share your best resources to help me be a better master to my new dog Jake
. Also, some questions on crate training inside.
posted by InfidelZombie to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I adopted Jake on 3/17/10 from the shelter in San Bernardino. The vet who neutered him says he is a mix of Basset Hound, Pit Bull, and something else small like a Corgie. He’s pretty headstrong, and I made the mistake of being too easy on him at first (letting him jump up, sleep on my bed, giving him run of the apartment when I was gone, etc.) He had started nipping at me, trying to take my spot on the sofa, and other not good behaviors. So I need to show him who in control, and everything I’ve seen online says a crate is a good way to do that.
I had him sleep in the crate for the first time last night and it went pretty well. I put it in my living room and got him in it about an hour before I went to bed, and we sat and watched TV together. He cried a bit when I went to my bedroom to sleep, but I waited until he calmed down then went out and slept on the couch. At one point I got up for some water and he started making noise- low barks and some growling- but I ignored it and he stopped.
This morning his tail was wagging a mile a minute when I got up, but I left him in the crate until I had showered and gotten dressed. Then I let him out, gave him some affection, and took him for a walk. When we got back we played in the yard for a bit, and I had him go to the bathroom. I let him wander the house for a bit while I made coffee, then got him back in the crate and turned the TV on again. I left the TV on when I left for work, and I’m hoping everything is OK.
I come home for lunch for an hour or so everyday, so I’ll be able to walk him then as well as an extra long walk after work. I’ve left him some toys to play with and some bedding—should I have put some water in there too? Following the measurements they gave at the pet store has things pretty tight, and there didn’t seem to be room.
Does it sound like I am doing this right? It’s weird to me to keep him cooped up like that, but he did seem pretty happy in there. I really want to make this work, and I can use all the help I can get.