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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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Sorry, I just don't see the point of having a dog if you only have 2 hours a day to spend with them :(

Sounds like it got the dog house trained ok...
I actually have to agree with you. At the time I was way too busy all the time and had no business having a dog as I just didn't have the time for it. TBH I got the dog solely because there was a serial killer on the loose in my town, the media was all over the story and I was scared ****less. His victims were all young single women and I happened to live in a duplex recently occupied by a young, single woman with a young, single woman next door to me in an area not far from where his most recent victim had been killed. I was scared to death and having a dog around made me feel a little better.
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