5 years ago DocWriterMember
Question… My Three year old Doberman, Hugo, STILL pees in his kennel.
Hugo has a large wire kennel in my bedroom. For the past three years he’s been put in his kennel three times a week, for an hour and a half, while I’m at Karate. I play ball with him for about 20 minutes, and then see that he has peed and pooped before putting him, AND his favorite toy or bone, in the kennel – – the ritual is always the same. VERY OFTEN I come back to find that he’s peed again! I’ve sneaked back into the apartment many times only to find him snoozing quietly in his clean kennel – but when I return later, I sometimes find that he’s peed. I can’t figure out WHY or what’s going on.
He only gets his favorite toy or bone when he’s in the kennel or out on the porch – and the kennel is locked up when we’re at home (except at bedtime) – mainly to keep the cats out of it!
I must say that I’m getting pretty annoyed!!
For general training, he’s my ‘medical alert service dog’, and he does a good job at that… and getting better as he gets older. His behaviour, when he’s out of the house is excellent – he’s a big hit with everyone, everywhere, and is wonderfully obedient! His ‘in home’ behaviour leaves a lot to be desired, though. He’s great at mealtimes… you could take ANYTHING away from him as he’s VERY well mannered and patient, and he leaves us alone when we eat, too. He ‘places’ when the doorbell rings and he remains in place until the door is shut (or he’s released), but if someone comes in he’ll jump around, and wear them out! – if I put him on a leash he’ll buck and ‘natter’ the whole time showing no respect for my authority.
I’ve used a ‘Dogtra’ collar for CAT CHASING… and it works fine as long as I’m in the apartment. Hugo and the cats used to play all the time when he was little, but now that he’s over 90 lbs. the cats think he is WAY TOO big… and he misses the play – actually, so do they, but he’s just not gentle enough yet, and the play gets too raucous to suit me – they are never left together… unattended!
I realize that Dobermans can be ‘high maintenance’, but Hugo runs, jumps and plays a lot – has daily ‘lessons’ and games of searching and fetching, and loves dumb show tricks. He bathes easily, allowing tooth brushing and nail trimming. Our veterinarian says that he can’t believe how mellow he is!!! On a ‘lead’ in stores, restaurants, and out for walks he NEVER pulls on the lead… but take him someplace he REALLY likes and he pulls too much – – he’d DRAG a weaker person like a limp rag!
Well, that’s a little background on my boy… Any brilliant suggestions, or insights?
5 years ago TeresaModerator
Hello! And kudos to Hugo for being an assistance dog!
Since he is crated daily , how many times a week would you say he pees in there? Does he ever have accidents in the house?
Do you ever leave him alone un-crated? Does he chew/eat whatever bone you leave with him? Is there bedding inside the crate?
It’s possible that he is urinating in the crate due to separation anxiety. My suggestion would be to crate him occasionally during the day when you are home. Remove any bedding from crate so that peering in there would have a negative consequence for him.
How is your pack structure with him? Who initiates attention? Is he allowed on furniture?
5 years ago DocWriterMember
Yes, Hugo is a keeper for sure!!
Hugo pees in his crate maybe once or twice a month. I took his bedding out last week and he hasn’t peed since then – – sad thing is that it LOOKS so uncomfortable:( He hasn’t had any accidents in the house for quite some time! No, Hugo is NEVER left at home ‘roaming’ as we have three cats, and I’d hate to come home to an injured doberman after they’d ganged up on him!
I’ll try putting him in the crate for a bit each day while I’m at home. I KNOW that he doesn’t WANT to be left in it… he never has! I’ve been told that many service dogs have problems when separated from their ‘charge’:) – that’s why he goes to boarding school every two months for a couple of days.
I am the one in charge – – after me, comes my daughter. Sometimes Hugo wants to play and he’ll bring me one of his toys. I always say, “Not now, Sweetie… in a minute”. I wait a few minutes, and THEN engage him in some GOOD frolic!
There are very few places I do not take him… beauty salons (too smelly) and to Karate classes (I don’t want him to see me ‘thrown around’ – part of his training is to remain with me if I fall. THAT would be very confusing for him!)
Yes, Hugo is allowed on certain furniture, but ONLY if his blanket is on it AND he’s been invited!!
I’m sure that separation anxiety is a great part of the problem… I think, also, that he just plain doesn’t WANT to be there!!
I KNOW that he picks up on my emotions (not wanting to leave him) even though I try to be so nonchalant about it:)
He went through the barking stage… was NEVER a chewer except for his own toys… knows what is expected of him – though he pretends to be deaf on occassion!
His favorite foods are popcorn, carrots, and frozen brocolli stems.
Hugo dislikes having a finger pointed at him… he’s natters about THAT!
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