4 year old boxer is making my house very filthy, I want to keep him so how do i sole this problem?
he pees inside the house a lot, and he some times chews and eats things that make him puke, also sheds everywhere, and hates to be washed. he is my first dog and i have no previous experience!!! thanks
on Dec 5th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Most likely you should seek out professional, in-person help.
You don't say whether your dog is doing this while you're home, gone, or all the time. A lot of destructive behavior and house training issues can be solved by crating your dog while you're out, keeping in mind that you need to start off small (leaving him in a kennel for only an hour or so for the first week, then increasing an hour a week), and that it's cruel to leave your dog in a kennel, ever, for more than 7 or 8 hours. Most dogs will not soil in their kennel.
Shedding is completely out of your dog's control and can only be solved by grooming.
When you give a dog a bath, give him lots of treats and go slowly. Don't try to just hold him down and wash him, which is terrifying to dogs AND people (think about it).
It sounds like you're probably over your head with this dog. You should look into professional help or try to re-home your dog with a more experienced owner.
Leo answered on 12/5/12. Helpful? / 1
Is he supposed to be already housebroken? If not, then that's something you need to work on by taking him out to the bathroom EVERY FEW HOURS. It's very important so they learn quickly. Also remember, some breeds are geared toward "advanced" owners, meaning people with prior dog handling experience, and not every breed is for every person. Not to say that you can't make it work, but it's a mutual process. If you just got him and he's not used to his new environment, he's going to test his limits as part of his nature. Be quick to tell him "no" calmly but gently, and reward him with appropriate treats when he does something right. Give him appropriate toys to distract him, and you might even invest in "puppy training pads" which I hear work great with older dogs too. Also, you might want to invest in dog classes. It really helps a lot if you're a total begininner. They walk you through everything. Good luck!
Kairi answered on 12/5/12. Helpful? / 0