I adopted a new pit bull 3 days ago and he's about 1 yrs old. Is there any alternative for crate training because as of now i don't have one, and they are pretty expensive for his size but i am still planning on getting one. Thanks!
I have owned and worked with dogs and their owners for many years, in my opinion and experience crate training is the most productive way to train your dog. You can go to ebay, craigslist, and other online sites to find one for cheap. I hope you understand that caring for an animal can be very expensive (much more than the $60-$100 it costs to purchase a cage). Also, remember to never use your crate as a means of teaching the dog a lesson in what is right and wrong. You want the dog to use his crate as his bedroom, so that when you do leave him in it to go out he doesn't look at it as a punishment. The cage should be used when you leave the home and after a meal if the dog does not eliminate when you take him out. Remember that a dog processes food quickly so the easiest way to train him/her is to monitor his/her food intake (feed 2 times daily around the same times and remove the bowl from the floor after the dog walks away, whether the food is gone or not) and take the dog out within 10-20 minutes of finishing the food. Hope this helped
Depending on your specific situation and your pit bull's history there are options.. I have a pit bull that had anxiety issues as a pup- he is now a very well rounded happy dog. The best source for his transition was actually leash training, it is an alternative to crate training- I am apposed to crate training dogs- there are pets it works for and pets that it does not. My pit bull Brutus has his own areas in the house "Bed time" spots, the leashes are still there but not required any longer. If you use positive enforcement and consistency you can give your puppy his own little space that will help in the long run.. I found that it was an improvement on crate training (which I tried first) less stress for him and the ability to allow him a little more freedom. There are some down sides to leash training- a major hazard is accidental choking, until he learns the parameters that are available to him, I would suggest using a break away collar or a harness- never a choke chain. Talk to your vet about your dog and whether he would be a good candidate for crate or leash training. Leash training is not designed to be permanent but rather to teach your pup his place, and negate damage in your home until the destructive stage is over, with crate training dogs don't learn the boundaries and become comfortable with their perception of home. But with all training methods it is best to evaluate how your dog will be affected in the long run.. before you making any decisions make sure you do some research on the desired outcomes. Best of luck with your Pit bull- they are amazing dogs.. hope that helps
A crate is an essential tool in the potty training process because it helps your pup learn how to "hold it" and, more importantly, it allows you to predict when your pup will need to go, so you can take her outside and reward her for going in the right spot.
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