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Has anyone tried this housebreaking method?

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I saw this mentioned in passing on another web site and realized that it's basically what I did with a terrier I once had many moons ago. Back then I was working 3rd shift and was working multiple 12 hour shifts in a row. I did not have time during the day to let a dog outside. When you've just worked 3 12's in a row and you've got 8 hours before 12 hour shift #4 you want to spend as much of that 8 hours sleeping as you possibly can. It was 20 degrees outside so I couldn't put the dog outside and leave him as that would be cruel by any definition. I put the dog in his crate, took the crate door off and pushed it up to the dog door which I left unlatched. When the dog had to go, he wouldn't want to go in his crate so he would walk out the dog door and do his business out there. Essentially, he kind of house trained himself as he developed the habit of heading out the dog door when he needed to pee.
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I have never heard of this. Doesn't sound like a bad idea. I forget how lucky I am to have a stay at home hubby :) I wonder if you could incorporate this into training a dog to pee on one of those indoor potty pad things. If you could maybe baby gate off an area just big enough for the crate and the pad.
I think it is important to stick with the focus of the post and not speculate or judge beyond that. I used to work four 12 hour shifts pretty much back to back and then have a week or so off and my husband and I were seperated for part of this time. . .this is just an example of how there are reasons that a person would have to deal with this kind of situation and it is not relevant to the question anyway. During this time I had to spend an outlandish amount of money on doggy day care for a few days but then spent a week with them constantly.
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