Please help me! I hate letting my puppy out of his kennel!?

First of all..I am a very mature and responsible 15 year old. I saved up 900 dollars to buy my dog, and I love him to death. I specifically chose the breed, American Bulldog because I am athletic and wanted a dog that I could do a lot of activity. I also know the downsides to owning this breed of dog; they are very hard headed and stubborn.
He has a big crate/kennel that he can easily stand up and walk around in. By the way he’s a big boy, 7 mos. old and 62 lbs, going to be around 115 lbs when fully grown. Well, I HATE letting him out of his crate to walk around the room or the house because he either chews up my things (pillows, papers, things I put WAY out of his reach) or pees on my floor! Even if I just let him out! He gets plenty of exercise every day..But I dread letting him out because I know he is going to ruin something! He knows all of the commands and obeys pretty well to them, but if I tell him to stop chewing something (a loud NO! or scolding) he will look at me,
take whatever he is chewing, and RUN. I am so tired of this. He is 7 MONTHS OLD and not even potty trained! He is not neutered, but I have heard it both ways that that could or could not be the reason. I have followed the rules to potty training and reward him when he goes outside in his potty spot where I take him.
BUT PLEASE! I AM SO SICK OF THIS!! Please tell me what to do with my rebellious baby! Thanks again and God bless! 10 points!!
I said he knows all the commands! He went to PetSmart puppy classes and graduated as valedictorian!
He won’t be neutered b/c he is a future show and stud boy.

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19 Responses to “Please help me! I hate letting my puppy out of his kennel!?”

  1. Jay P says:

    I have a 5 month old American Bulldog puppy, and the only way to learn about the specific issues unique to this breed is by asking people who deal only with this breed. Im in contact with two breeders who only raise AB’s and have insight to offer. They are in the yahoo group:upstateamericanbulldoggers Join them and ask the pro’s…
    PS: yes, they are stubborn, yes the are hard to house break

  2. pomegranatepants says:

    Get some help from a professional trainer. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to housebreak him. Don’t leave the dog in its crate too much, more than 5-6 hours a day is too much. Call your local humane society and you can probably get free training advice over the phone.

    If you were a REALLY mature fifteen year old you would have researched dog training before you saved up the money and got the dog. Maybe you should have gotten an adult dog that was already trained and had no hidden personality surprises?

  3. Adina T says:

    Sorry to be a pain, but IF he is trained then you wouldn’t need to chase him.

    IF he was trained then the second he got out of his crate you could call him to COME and he would come and sit in front of you. Then you could tell him to HEEL and he would walk right by your side and out to the yard with you where you could tell him to go potty and he would.

    You could also tell him to DOWN and STAY and give him a chew toy and he wouldn’t move from that position.

    So he may know what the commands mean, and do them sometimes, but he is not TRAINED until he will do them each and every time.

    You’ve got to finish his training so he always listens. If he grabs a pillow and you call him to COME to you…if he runs the other way…he’s NOT trained. He may have gone been valedictorian in PetSmart but that’s not the same as a dog that is actually DONE being trained.

    In the meantime can you tell him to SIT and STAY while you open the crate door and then put a leash around him the second you open the crate door?

    Does he know "drop it"?

    The more I think about it the more I am envisioning that your dog is a smarty pants who knows all the commands but isn’t trained to be reliable in his response…he’s outsmarting you because you haven’t trained him, only taught him what words mean…not that he must obey. Sorry it’s the only option I see.

    Order a video called "David Dikeman’s Command Performance" from and get him trained.

  4. Zendogtrainer says:

    It is not unusual for many dogs to need kenneling, restricted areas for the first 2-3 years of their lives. Essentially adolescent dogs are the equivalent of small children who when given free rein in the house become ‘Destructo-Mutt’. Adolescent dogs are chewers and the damage they can do can be extensive. If you give your dog enough exercise, his kennel area will not be a punishment but a nice den area. Additionally, the tie downs will give you more freedom and reduce the anxiety and destructive behavior. Set up 5 foot tie downs (chain)/cable in various rooms you are in. Give him water and a toy. Only do this when you are home, he’s in the kennel when you are not home.

    Exercise, try harnessing him to a treadmill and giving him 30 minutes of exercise 2 times daily to help get his crazies out. He’s just an adolescent dog. As for potty training, he should be taken out 4-5 times daily to the same place. If he doesn’t go, he goes back in the crate.If he is destroying things and peeing as much as your question indicates, he has too much unsupervised freedom. He’s a teenager, and he needs more guidance from you. I know this breed well- more supervision and exercise- keep a leash on him in the house and correct him if you see him chewing what he shouldn’t then give him something he should have – he will start to learn the difference, I know it’s work but he’s a pup.. Cheers.

  5. Barbiie G says:

    you say he isnt potty trained,, then potty train him?

  6. jamie says:

    Yeah, he’s not ‘trained’ until he follows cues pretty much 100% of the time. And puppy classes should only be the beginning of a dog’s training, not the end. Actually I believe dogs can benefit from life-long training. There is always a higher level of obedience to achieve and new skills to be learned. Try to imagine if you had quit school after first grade. How much would you really have learned on your own after that?
    You may also want to manage his environment better when he is out of his crate (which I hope is most of the time) and learn to reward for appropriate behavior rather than just always waiting to correct his inappropriate (normal/untrained) behavior. When you chase him you are only encouraging him to run away with stolen articles.
    Really, you need to enroll in an adult obedience class and keep working. You may also want to read Jean Donaldson’s book The Culture Clash for some helpful ideas of how dogs learn (from the dog’s perspective – refreshing).

  7. DRP says:

    He is still a puppy…and puppies chew things. He will eventually grow out of it. You just cant let him have free reign of the house. What we did to avoid this is we got 2 ex-pens from and put them both together to make a big enclosure…that way we can set it up in our house or outside and the dogs don’t really feel like they are locked up. keeps them away from chewing on furniture and other things. This whole thing is just part of owning a puppy. but they grow out of it. And with potty training…the trick is to catch him in the act when he goes in your house, then yell NO and take him outside and praise him if he goes. When I was doing this with my dog, I would take her outside and say ‘Go Potty’…she eventually got used to this and now whenever I tell her to go potty she will just go. It takes time and patience, but eventually your dog will be perfect. My sister has 3 american bulldogs and they are great dogs. you just have to get past the puppy stage! Good luck!

  8. mobredrocket says:

    EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE. Depending on how long he is in the crate each day, he probably is very bored and has energy to burn. I would suggest taking him outside right after u take him out of the crate and walk him for at least 45 mins to an hour. Control the walk at all times, especially in the beginning, he will understand you are the boss. I can almost guarantee once u let him back inside he will be tired and calm.

    You got to remember dogs like to be physically and mentally challedged. Just imagine how much pent up energy you would have if you were stuck inside all day.

  9. Vet_Tech_1 says:

    First – neuter your puppy. The only reason to keep them whole is because you want to breed them and you are not in a position to be doing that. It will only help, and doing it before he matures is the way to go. 78% of all dog bites are from an unneutered male dog – so that is step one! 😀
    Second – you need to find a dog trainer in your area that can talk you through this. I am sure you are very responsible (to have the willpower to save the money to buy your dog tells me that!) but you may have to enlist your parent’s/a professionals help in this. Going to school and trying to raise a baby (which is what your 7 month pup is right now!) is very hard!.
    So for the potty traning. Do you have a fenced yard? IF so, take him out FIRST THING – Put a leash on him and walk him straight out. Reward him when he goes. Play with him for a few minutes (being careful not to allow him to jump!!! If/when he does/turn your back andignore him until he settles) so that he does not learn that pee/poo=back inside right away – some will hold it just so that when they start to go in thehouse they get attention and another trip outside! Trust me – I have seen it. Take him out every hour for a play session and potty break and keep him with you ALL THE TIME – attach a leash to his collar if you have to,but never let him out of your sight. Consistency is key. As far as objects that he takes – be sure that you call him TO you and teach him to drop it willingly – I can’t go into this at it would take too long, but if you chase your puppy it turns into a game andheknows that all he has to do when he wants attention is to take something he knows he is not supposed to have. It may also lead to him guarding of gulping itmes that he wants just to keep them from you! 😀 A good way to do this is to keep cubed chicken with you. When he takes something he shouldn;t, call him in a cheerful voice, luring him with the chicken and only giving it to him when he drops the other item. You can praqctice thsi with his toys – trading a boring old toy for a chunk of chicken – then give him back his toy. Soon he will learn that giving things to you isa GOOD thing, because hemight get somethign even better!!! Good luck…..
    ****You are not in a position to breed unless you find yourself a mentor who KNOWS this breed inside and out to teach you what is desireable and what is not. IF you cannot train this dog, you most certainly should not be showing him. Also, show dogs must be very well behaved and it sounds like youhave no control. You are asking for trouble. Your boy will need to be health and temperament tested if you plan to breed, along with being judged against other dogs of his breed to test his merit. You are in high school – are you sure you are up for it? It would mean giving up basically your whole life to commit to your dog to do anything less wouldbe doing a disservice to your dog in particular and the breed’s reputation in general….***

  10. hj_thorne says:

    If your dog has never been trained NOT to chew then he doesn’t know it’s wrong. Does he have toys? Stuff of his own to chew and play with? Make sure you have some really sturdy chew toys for him. DO NOT give him an old shoe because they can’t tell the difference between old and new.

    When ever he has something of yours, pick up something of his and offer it to him, DON’T CHASE that’s a game and of course they will run. Try offering a treat to get him to drop the item give the treat and then replace the item with one of his toys, eventually he’ll learn what is acceptable and what is not.

    When you let him out of the crate, immediately take him out to pee. He’s not neutered he will want to MARK his territory so get him neutered. It will stop wanderlust and leaving to chase a female in heat, it’ll stop the aggression and also it’s only healthy to neuter a dog it’ll prevent testicular cancer and cancer later in life. Getting him neutered will stop him from wanting to mark things in the house.

    Even though you say that he knows commands and obeys pretty well, it really sounds like you need a lot more work with him and maybe you haven’t taught boundaries and limitations with him.

    Best thing would be to sign up for an obedience class, check in your area for a group that holds training classes or check out PetSmart.

    I’ve seen a goup in my area that works with people and teaches really hard obedience with the dogs, more than simple obedience, but they are quite a large group that meets weekly at the local park, look for something like that.

    Make sure that he has plenty of his own toys, that way he’ll be more likely to play with them than your pillows and papers. When you take him out of the crate you might want to immediately take him out for exercise, spending a lot of time in the crate can become frustrating for a dog. I know you say he gets exercise but if he’s going to be continuously crated then he’ll need twice as much as a non crated dog.

    EDIT: Knowing the commands and knowing boundaries rules and limitations are two totally different things. He might know how to sit, lie down, speak and shake, but if he isn’t taught that he cannot take things from counters, table tops or take your clothes and shoes then he hasn’t been taught rules and boundaries. He’s not only not trained in that respect he’s also testing you sounds like he’s the boss and you are not.

  11. heatherkayetripp says:

    i am having the same problem with the chewing everything in site. unfortunately she had to have emergency surgery last month because she ate some string and it got wrapped around its bowel. she almost died but we got her in just in time. all i do
    now is watch her like a hawk. when i can’t she goes in her crate. as far as potty training take her out right after she eats and if you can every 2 hours and before she goes to bed. when she comes out of her crate take her right out also. good luck and try to be patient, it’s hard i know

  12. Gianna says:

    Your rebellious baby will turn into a nightmare unless you take a stand and lay down the law, be the alpha member of your new pack. I offer this gently as I had a 117 pound Dobie many moons ago who ruled my roost…. and I swore (after him) that I’d never go there again! Dominant dogs are potentially dangerous, and large ones are worse. I’m not suggesting your fur friend is a menace, not at this stage. He is however, testing you and applying for the job of Alpha.

    Enroll in a dog training class to get some one-on-one physical help with how to work with your dog.

    Browse training books for suggestions and ideas. Look to the library, and browse books at Amazon. Look for newer printed books as they will have the most up-to-date training methods.

    You dog is probably teething as well. Get tons of toys for him of various kinds and pile them in a box or crate where he hangs out most often. Let him know those chew items are "okay" and that it’s fun to dig through and choose one.

  13. salut says:

    This will take time, and a lot of patience. How about enlarging his daycare area? Instead of the kennel, allow him to roam around in a much larger area because a dog shouldnt be placed in the kennel. My friend’s dog also used to mark his territory on furniture and things, but after some years of training, has stopped alittle, but still needs to be watched upon. Don’t let him roam in areas where he will mark it.
    Go with your dog to a propoer dog training school.

  14. MB says:

    First, neuter him. Male dogs have an innate tendency to mark their territory by peeing. Now is the perfect time to do it or his behavior can actually get even worse. Regarding chewing, when you see him doing it say – no – but then give him a substitute (a chewing toy, a tennis ball) and praise him when he takes it..It takes patience and persistence…It should stop when he is done teething..Fail all else, get a professional trainer’s help.

    ADDED: Honey, if you bought that dog for $900 bucks I can PROMISE YOU that he will NEVER be a show-dog. I do not even have to see him and I know he is not; show dog potential sells for $3000 and up. Breeder knows what he is selling you and how much to charge. Relatedly, no one will pay a dime for stud services of an inferior dog.

    You clearly have no idea how much money and effort and labor is involved in creating a show-dog. How much traveling, how much expenses..People lose money in showing, not make money. Showing is a passion, not money-making enterprise. It is also a full-time job!! I can also tell you that if you cannot even TRAIN your dog, you will fail miserably in trying to SHOW him. People who show dogs have a tremendous amount of experience (they are professional handlers).

    The only thing you basically stand to gain by not neutering is a house smelling like urine…Good luck with everything!

  15. Princess! says:

    Your best hope is to walk your dog everyday, feed it, make sure it gets plenty of exercise etc etc… even brilliant pet owners can have rebellious pets. Hopefully your puppy will calm down soon!

  16. dmg1969 says:

    It sounds like he is NOT trained yet. The peeing could be "marking" because he is not neutered, so you may want to have that done. It could also be that you have not fully housebroken him yet.

    When he chews something he is not supposed to, give him a firm NO and then give him something he IS allowed to chew (bone, toy).

    YOU have to train him…he cannot learn boundaries on his own.

    Just keep working with him…he is still young. Some dogs learn sooner than others.

  17. Bifumus says:

    I would look into dog training options in your area. I don’t know if you have PetCo or PetSmart where you are, but they usually offer classes. There are also private trainers, some of whom will come to your home. I really wish I had done this with our dogs! My friends who did it have less behavioral issues and better responses to commands with their dogs.

  18. cyankees8237 says:

    Just keep trying to train him. If you can’t do it find a dog trainer!

  19. Corella says:

    I feel so sorry for you. You poor thing. Sounds like you are doing all the right things and he is just a monster of a puppy.
    Perhaps you could try this;
    Before you let him out of his crate, snap his lead on.
    Straight to the potty spot, stay with him.
    Lots of praise and if you have time, a game of fetch or what ever is his fave.
    Back inside with you.
    Watch him, I said WATCH him.
    Won’t be long till he tries to grab something.
    Immediately "NO!" Remove article.
    This is of course assuming there is nothing within his normal reach that shouldn’t be down that low.
    As soon as you see him eye something and not touch, praise, treat , whatever you normally use to reward.
    You obviously have done a lot of work with him so it is an extension of the training and the finishing touches you need now.
    If you cannot watch him – crate
    A few minutes later when you can back to him and repeat.
    Keep it up and I bet it will take no longer than a week before he gets it. He is smart so he will learn if you are consistent.
    I am in no way encouraging you to crate him for a week. When he should be out of his crate and you can’t watch him, OUTSIDE.
    If you want him inside all the time, watch him ALL the time and correct, correct correct.
    Will your parents help you? They could take turns with you in watching him. If you all do it and he is never allowed to grab something and chew for even a minute (for a week) I am sure he will be over it.
    Also, have you realised that seeing he is 7 months old, he is TEETHING>
    Of course he is chewing, his gums are sore.
    Perhaps the vet could help with a gel for his gums and you could help by filling a Kong with water and freezing it for him. That will sooth his poor little gums.
    The peeing – although you put him out, perhaps he isn’t out for long enough?
    Good Luck.
    PS Teething is likely till around 12 mths but hopefully only till 10 or 11 months.