My husband gave me a 1 yr old Shitzu for V-Day. The first week he was perfect! No piddles or poop. This week he is chewing, pooping, and peeing when I am away at work. My co-workers have suggested I crate train him. Is it too late? He is 1 yr old and I’ve already had him for 10 days. I don’t have a lot of money is there training available online.


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    No. I started crate training a 2 year old dog from a shelter.
    It’s not too late.
    Make sure the crate is big enough for him to stand up, and turn around in.
    You may notice he still poops or urinates in his crate – have patience, and expect to clean something up after work.
    Start feeding him IN his crate if you notice he still potties in it.
    If you have to, use puppy pee pads in his crate instead of a bed for a while (To help with clean up)
    You can do it! Good luck!

  2. gmw2

    its definitely not too late to crate train, i crate trained my 9 year old mixed breed when he started misbehaving because of a new puppy and he adapted quickly and easily

  3. Spego

    There are loads of good training sites, start searching. Sounds like your dog needs it. If you make the crate a positive place to be i.e. treats and don’t shut the door on him at first he will regard it as a hotel room not a prison cell. Read up on it so you don’t make mistakes and put him off it for life. Good luck! Training is a big subject.

  4. *<3_Gizm

    lol its not as complicated as it sounds. he just needs to learn to be in the crate for up to 6-8 hours a day. no more than that. i would start out with about 2 hours at a time. just to see how he does. hes a year so he should beable to hold his bowel its just the question of, will he? crate him at night, make sure you take him out before you go to bed and put him in the crate. i would put a blanket over it just to make it dark, plus then he can’t see you moving around and walking. yes i know he could hear you but he can’t see where your going. if he tries to whine just tell him “no” and maybe snap your fingers. i have smacked the top of the cage before to get the point across, but only once. they get a little scared and usuall stop. trust me i have yet to emotionally hurt a dog by doing that. if he can last all night, great, if not then the next night try getting up half way thru and taking him out. but do not talk to him when you do. he’ll think its time to play if you do. you want in and out quickly with no words. during the day if you can try to get home to let him out half way thru, or ask someoe you know to help you out for a bit till you know he can last the whole time. good luck. oh make sure you get a crate that he can stand up, turn around and lay down in. and maybe a little extra space just for comfort. leave a durable toy for him to chew on.


    if you are out working then get that poor pup to a new home, dont lock him in a cage that is so bloody cruel, did no one ever tell you that is what pups do poop and piddle, if you have no time to train it then give it to some one that will love the pup not lock it in a cage, how would you like to be locked in a cage .

  6. BCS UK

    You can crate train any age dog. I have crate trained a 9 year old kennel Beagle. There are online videos on training it’s just a matter of finding them. Try You Tube.

  7. Stacy

    It is never too late to crate train. You need a crate big enough for him to stand up and turn around in, no bigger.
    Get some bitter apple to spray on chewable things.
    There are a ton of sites and books out there.

  8. Tessa

    I foster dogs and all need to be crate trained before adoption. The oldest one I have had is about three and she is wonderful crate and house trained after coming to my home. You can to a search for crate training guidelines on line,but there isn’t anything complicated about it. All you need is a crate big enough for the dog to stand in and turn around. You get a comfortable bed and put some toys or raw hides inside. Start out while you are home putting the pup in for small periods of time about a 30 to hour and take the pup out. When you are home about every two hours take the pup outside the potty, play inside for 30-60, and crate for hour. Then repeat process until night time. At night crate him or when you leave the house. It really has never taken me more then a day or two to be comfortable with the pup being content in the crate and they do fine in house while I am home. I do wait longer allow the pup full run of the house while I am at work.

  9. Animal Expert

    they say that its never too young to sart training a puppy so your fine!
    just teach him to go outside. first u need puppy pads or newspaper for ur dog to “go” on. once he has mastered that then put the puppy pads/newspaper outside to the puppy wil lrealize that the only way to go to the bathroom is outside where the puppy pads/newspaper are! then he’s trained!

  10. princess

    you can train crate train a dog at any age it’s a little bit harder as they get older. start off buy putting his favorite toys in the crate then give him a treat and lock the cage leave him there for a few minutes don’t talk to him and don’t let him out if he is crying. your dog should not be in the cage for more then 7 hours in the cage so if your going to be gone for awhile ask someone to come and let him out..
    good luck

  11. firecowb

    Buy a crate. It is not too late to train the dog to go in the crate. I trained a 10 year old cocker spaniel to in the crate. My girlfriend and I run a dog rescue and all the dogs get crate trained here. Start by using treats to get the dog to go in the crate. Toss the treat into the crate. The dog will eventually go in the crate. Eventually the dog will go in the crate without the treats. Always praise the dog when he or she does good.Do not use the crate as punishment when the dog is bad. The crate will become the dog’s house. Get a crate that is made from metal. They tend to more open so the dog can see you. They also have a removable tray for easier cleaning. You can email me for some more advice.

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