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Okay, so Casie, for those who don't know is a 15 month old timid puppy, who is still very much a puppy, not an adult dog. We have had to train him like a puppy in all aspects. First problem: He chews everything, I now and writing this blindly, because my glasses are in shambles, I know I shouldn't have left them on the back of the table in a hard cover case, who would have guessed that would have look appealing? We have tried, toys, bones, toys, treats, walks, playing etc, and still he chews. He has no baby teeth left, and is in fine health. He is bored. A kong is in his future, but I have to wait until pay day.

Second, maybe more pressing problem is his peeing...we have learned some of the signals...and when he goes out, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. It's hard to tell in the dark.
So...he gets out enough, but last night, he peed in our bed, on my side. It's like he has a vendetta against the person who loves him the most. He peed in his own crate, but I'll chalk that up to I spend an hour too long at class. I think he gets scared and then pees..but who knows. Any ideas?

I love this little guy to death, but am running out of ideas to make him and I happy.

Cathy J
 

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It's hard to diagnose any kind of behaviour over the internet, but I would guess that Casie needs to go back to square one with crate training and a solid confinement schedule. The two problems you describe - chewing and unwanted elimination - are the exact things that crate training are meant to help with. The idea is that you are either supervising the dog to ensure that accidents don't happen, both chewing and pee-related, or the dog is safely in his crate, where he can't get into any trouble.
When I rescued my first beagle, she was 2 but needed complete puppy training, which I didn't figure out after a few months of mistakes. It was hard to take away her freedoms, but she learned FAST with clear and effective crate training, and her chewing and house soiling problems went away.
Here are some links to articles by a great trainer, they're short and to the point and very useful:
http://www.westwinddogtraining.com/cratetraining.pdf
http://www.westwinddogtraining.com/chewing.pdf
http://www.westwinddogtraining.com/housetraining.pdf
http://www.westwinddogtraining.com/Enrichment.pdf
Also, Ian Dunbar's Before and after you get your puppy focuses strongly on errorless chewtoy and housetraining. Don't give up hope. Dogs can present us with some serious challenges that can easily make us feel helpless. But solutions do exist - they take time and infinite patience, but they work. Dogs want to make their pack happy and follow the rules. If they aren't doing that, it's because they don't understand the rules and all that remains is to teach them in a clear and positive way what they are.
Best of luck,
Tamara
 
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