Dog & Crate…I need advice!?

I am about to own a pitbull mix in about a week depending whether or not if im ready for it. I currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment (people say I am crazy by choosing a pit mix due to my living conditions). This will be my 1st dog but I have trained with k9 units for the past 4 years. I will be able to take it out for exercise daily for long periods of time. I have no concerns about maintainance, grooming, purchasing food, etc. I am only concerned about 2 things….housetraining it, and its crate. Is there even a crate that is big enough to house a pitbull that weighs 45-60 lbs (im sorry im uneducated on crates) and what are crates used for? (it seems like a prison for troubled dogs) As housetraining is heavily concerned. I am very afraid because my whole apartment is carpeted but I am expecting accidents to occur but I do not want this dog to continue pissin n shittn inside the house. I will be able to take it outdoors everyday. Any advice will be helpful. Thank you for your time.

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    5 Responses to “Dog & Crate…I need advice!?”

    1. Love Training says:

      There are definitely crates big enough for a pitbull mix. It sounds like this is a puppy(?) so I would buy one with a divider panel to make it small enough for potty training, but big enough for a full grown dog. When introduced properly, a crate is a doggie haven rather than a doggie prison. It will be your dog’s place to go when it feels stressed by what’s happening at home. Toss treats in and let the dog go in and out freely. You may close the door for a few minutes after he seems comfortable going in and out. One rule — don’t open the door if he’s crying. It will teach him to cry in the crate. Another rule — don’t use the crate as a punishment. If you will be gone during the day, you will probably want to invest in a way to confine your dog to the kitchen or bathroom.

      Here’s how to potty train:
      First off, confine him when you can’t supervise. I can’t stress enough the importance of this. For potty training, use a crate that is only big enough for her/him to comfortably stand, lie, and turn around in. He should not be able to potty in one end and lie down in the other. Make sure he’s not confined for too long — generally the age in months plus one hours (so 5 hours for a 4 month old pup).

      Every time you take him out of his crate take him outside. He should be on a leash. You should go through the same door every time. Take him to where you want him to potty and start repeating his potty command until he finishes. Then treat him and let him play or go for a walk.

      Put food and water on a schedule. Give 20 minutes to eat and then pick food up until next scheduled meal. Give water every hour (or when he’s obviously thirsty.) By scheduling meals and water, you are able to predict when he will need to relieve himself. Put him on leash and take him out.

      Watch for behaviors that tell you he needs to go out: circling, squatting, sniffing,crouching, ….
      I have clients who tell me their puppies won’t go while they are outside, only to come inside and make a mess on the floor! If you find this to be a problem, give him a reasonable amount of time outside and if he doesn’t go confine him for 15 minutes when you come back inside. At the end of that time, take him back out. Repeat this process until he goes. By doing this, you are teaching him that he will earn his freedom by pottying where it’s appropriate.

      Lastly, basic obedience training really can help. It clarifies leadership for your dog (and sometimes for the owners as well 🙂 )

    2. ms.toni67 says:

      Crate training is a wonderful thing (although some may disagree). Crates come in all sizes. I suspect that your dog (when full grown) would only need the large size. If the dog that you are getting is still a pup you will want to start with a smaller one. Crating will help with the house training too. Most dogs will not go where they sleep and eat. Your dog will consider his/her crate as their own space, somewhere that they can go and everyone will leave them alone. Most likely you will need to train him to be in the crate. Just do it slowly, and don’t use it for punishment. For house training, take your pup out frequently and 10 minutes after eating. There will be accidents but with time and a schedule it will get better. Good luck to you.

    3. Saraawr says:

      A crate is not cruel as many people put it out to be.. and yes there is crates for every size dog. The crate should be big enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and sleep in comfortably – no bigger. It acts as a den for them to be comfortable in as well as a housetraining agent. They need to be used to crates for if there is a veterinary emergency or they go to the groomers – what do you think they keep the dogs in? A crate. And if the dog is already used to staying in a crate there isn’t a way he could harm himself even more. As for housetraining – expect accidents (and a lot of them if it is a puppy since you didn’t specify its age). He will whine a but in the crate but its because he isn’t used to it yet. Get a good carpet cleaner to run over your carpet every week or so so your carpet doesn’t suffer any damage. Also, if you want get a stain remover for if your dog rubs the accident into the carpet. After meals, before/after going into/coming out of the crate, and randomly in between play times(so he doesn’t accidently pee out of excitement) should be the times you take your dog out for potty breaks. If its a puppy this time should be spent specifically for going to the bathroom, quick 2-5 minute walk and back inside. A pup doesn’t need much more exercise than this especially if its getting play time as well. He should become potty trained if this routine is stuck to within anywhere ranging from 2wks to 3mos.

    4. Sugaree says:

      you’ve trained with K-9 units and don’t know what a crate is used for? and a pit mix for your first dog? talk to your vet, breeders, other pit owners…..people are correct in that this is not a dog for an apartment…..but, yes…they make crates big enough for any breed….it will become your dogs’ ‘den’….or bedroom, per say….and honestly, it may seem like a ‘prison’ to you, but your dog will appreciate it’s ‘space’

    5. kristus412 says:

      Yes you can get crates for dogs that size any pet store or even walmart or target would have them. Crate train him in the beginning. when you can’t be there to watch him he needs to be in the crate it will also help house train him because he won’t want to go to the bathroom in the crate. Take him out for a walk first thing in the morning then about 30 minutes after he eats. Then just watch him for signs that he might need to go. At night about an hour before your ready to walk him for the last time before bed take his food and water up so he can’t have anymore until morning. I did this with my dog and she did have some pee accidents in the house but never and poop accidents, well unless she is sick and she is 4 years old and has only pooped in the house a grand total of 3 times. Once they learn to hold it they can go a long time. When I’m at work she has waited 12 hours between walks with no accidents.