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Ok  I need some advice...Buddy is9 months old  and he is starting to go back to  his  puppy days.  we use to crate him at nite but he was  doing so well.  we  decided to leave him out.  He was fine for about a month.  Now he is  chewing  at night .  and getting into trouble.  we walk him twice a day  about 30 min each.  we play with him threw out the day and he is still doing this  I guess m question is  ....is this normal?  Do puppys usally take one step forward and 2 back?  any advice or info would be appricated.  thanks

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Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on March 13, 2011 at 4:17pm
Dawn...funny you should say that about stuffed animals.  With Ginger, a rawhide chew bone lasts weeks more than a stuffed animal !!
Comment by Dawn BROWN on March 12, 2011 at 8:22pm
The first dog I crate trained was Lola. I wish I had done it with all my dogs. Keep the crate up for about a year and a half. Keep the door open for him and then close it when you need to keep him in there. I took the crate away at age 2 and left her dog bed in the same spot. Since she was a puppy when ever we called her in we had put a treat in "the kennel". She immediately comes in from the yard when we say "go to your kennel". Even though the kennel is not there - her bedding is.  We also  always had some kind of bone for her to chew on. Lola prefers stuffed animals.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on March 10, 2011 at 10:26pm

Have a friend that crates his big Lab...its his "quiet place" along with being his bed.  He goes there to get away from the kids, when he wants a nap, and such.  Kids were told "DO NOT" disturb the dog when he is in his crate.  They started it early and gave a treat...chewy thing or milkbone... when he went in, so he associated good things with the crate.  Now its his home within the home.  Personally, I think crating is a good idea, but do it correctly.  Google the internet for tips and how to train the dog to it, and even ask your vet or local dog trainer for tips.

At our local SPCA, we started feeding each dog in his crate in the large dog runs because some dogs would steal other dogs food.  Some even got food aggressive.  Wasn't long before each dog would run to the crate even before we put the food in.  They didn't mind being locked in for the 10-15 minutes while every one got their food.  This small bit of training became a HUGE selling point to folks considering adoptions to have them crate trained and made things much easier for the volunteers who fed the dogs.

 

And remember, your dog is still a puppie and full of vim and vigor !  Take it in stride...it will be well worth it later.

Comment by D Harvey on March 10, 2011 at 8:55pm
thanks  I am glad to hear it gets better 
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on March 10, 2011 at 8:31pm

It is totally normal fr them to go through another phase of chewing at about that age. I still have one that will chew on occasion and he is 15 months old now. With him I think it is boredom. Most puppies go through a second chewing phase between the ages of 6 and 9 months. If you crate him again it will save you a lot of aggravation and him a lot of humiliation.

Good Luck, it gets better.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 10, 2011 at 11:10am

We were very fortunate  We did not have to crate train Pemon.  We never put him in at night, he sleeps when we do.  Do you believe it?  And he wants to be near us.  I'm on disability so someone is with him all day long.  His first 9 1/2 months he was never alone, but then the hard part came - we knew we couldn't leave him alone, alone.  Believe it or not the first time we put him in the crate he went right in and didn't bark or cry.  Now I just have to say the word crate and he goes right in.  Don't get me wrong there are plenty of other things he does.  He barks all the time at US because he is so spoiled he always wants something - a treat or a walk and then this jumping thing.  I agree with everyone else, just start the crate thing all over again - don't ever use the crate as a punishment.

Good Luck

 

Comment by Erica Carano on March 10, 2011 at 12:30am
Well, normal or not, you're not alone. LOL Vito actually seems to like the crate... whenever he sees me putting on my coat, in he goes.
Comment by D Harvey on March 10, 2011 at 12:26am
so what your saying  its normal.     and start crating him again at night.  thanks for answering
Comment by Erica Carano on March 9, 2011 at 5:10pm
My Doodle (almost 2 yrs old) reverted big time while in my Mother in law's much less attentive care for 10 days while we went on vacation. He's back to being crated when we go anywhere. :-/

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