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I have a 6 Month old pit bull puppy that is very loved and very well raised and cared for. I am an animal lover and finally decided to get another dog after losing my first dog I ever had of 14 years. With that said I need help as I have never experienced this issue with a 6 month old dog. When I leave to go out briefly I have to put him in a kennel as he destroys the house! He chews everything in sight going as far as chewing the trim off my front door causing major damage that's going to cost lot of money to repair!! So he isn't left in the kennel for more then 2-3 hours and he is urinating in his kennel. Every single time he goes in there he is taken outside so he can use the bathroom before he gets put in the kennel! There is not a single time I have put him in there without taking him outside for him to use the bathroom. Now I have heard that dogs will not usually urinate where they have to lie down and the kennel is plenty big enough for him as he has plenty of room to turn around and stand up in this kennel I am 100% against any kind of animal abuse and no way do I condone it! Why is he doing this? What can I do to make him stop??? Also every time I get home it seems his front half is soaked! The house is kept at 73 degree's with central air and I leave a ceiling fan going for him when I leave. Someone please help me here I have read similar threads to no avail! Thank you all in advance for your help!
 

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The kennel is too big for him - he should only be able to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably in it. He shouldn't be able to pee in a corner, and sit away from it.

Remove all bedding from the kennel, and clean it VERY thoroughly with a urine enzymatic cleaner. He will likely pee in it again if it still smells like urine (and believe me, even if you don't smell the urine, he still does!)

He needs a lot of exercise before being put in the kennel. let's just put it this way: I have a small Bichon Frise and she gets 1.5 hours of outdoor play and exercise a day. He is wrecking everything in the house because he has pent up energy and is likely bored. Please exercise him sufficiently. He also needs mental stimulation so provide him with plenty of stuffed kong toys he can chew while you're away, and make sure to crate train him - slowly get him accustomed to the crate and treat it like a den
 

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I have a 6 month old puppy too. We have worked to crate train him and now he's pretty happy in his crate and he will not potty in it. My hubs used his crate as punishment for peeing in the house so I had to train hubs and puppy how to use the crate. lol Every single time Dexter, the puppy, goes into his crate he gets something so wonderfully yummy that he goes into his crate on his own, sits in his bed and waits for me to bring him his treat. lol

I will give him bits of hot dog for going into his crate on his own, then he gets his peanut butter kong. I will sometime use frozen yogart or cottage cheese. This takes his a while and it gives his something to do. I get no whining, no barking, no problems putting him in the crate, he just lays down with his "goody" and licks happily. I think you should start doing something like this to show your puppy that ANYTIME he goes into his crate, he gets wonderfully yummy treats and leave him with a frozen Kong to work on. I didnt know how long it would take to turn both Dexter and my hubs around, but surprisingly, it took about 2 weeks for the puppy and about a week for the hubs. :)

Also, I wanted to second exercising. I have a papillon. They are a high energy breed to start with and add puppy energy, and my little dog would destroy my house too. My hubs found out the hard way, when he left Dexter unattended and Dexter chewed up the surround sound to the big TV in the "man cave". That was a good lessoned learned for my hubs. He and our son now keep a better eye on the puppy and give him LOTS and LOTS of exercise.
 

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Well I guess I made it sound too big but it's about the right size from what you’re saying anyway. I have him all kinds if chew toys and things he can chew. I will most definitely work on the morning exercise for him and in the afternoon. So you think I should put toys in his kennel with him then as well? When he lies down in the kennel and he is back all the way he might have one foot from the front edge is that too big? I'm sure even though I can't smell it I know he can as they have great sense of smell. I will go by your recommendation and see if it works. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question! You seem very knowledgeable
 

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Yes, definitely put his toys in the kennel with him so he won't get bored in there. If he's able to stretch out in the kennel it's fine, it's better to be a bit too big than a bit too small.
Also, please feed his meals in the crate. Dogs are less likely to soil the place they take their meals.
 

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@Cat Dancer Thank you very much for your reply as well. That sounds like a great idea and seems to me would also work really well. I will also try that and see if it works at all at least it will get him to go into his Kennel with no problems like I have now! Great job training the hubby and the puppy!! 
 

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@chubby, Thank you again I really do appreciate this help.When he gets his dinner tonight I will put it in his kennel.Thank you very much for your help both of you.
 

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I would keep him in the same crate. It sounds like it's the right size for him.

As for "toys", I only leave indestructable toys, like KONGs, nylabones, things like that for Dexter in his crate. Also, at Petsmart I found some chew toys that are supposed to stimulate them mentally. One is a ball and they sell round, hard disks that you put in each side. It's actually like bone, but it's edible. Dex loves this ball/treat/thing. And they last for ever. lol There are plenty others out there as well.
 

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you have never experienced this? Consider yourself LUCKY LOL, that is the reason I have resolved to be an adult rescuer from now on, nothing under a year for me anymore. Like someone on here said (cant remember who it was ???) "A puppy is the long way around the adult dog you REALLY want." I can raise a good pup, but i like my hair & its gotten so long & beautiful, & I'd rather not be pulling it out anytime soon LMBO.

some dogs go kind of magic bananas when they turn 4-6 mos to a yr or so, they do things that dontmake sense & it can seem like aliens obducted your angel & replaced it with a devil! Is he crate trained? if he is then i would crate him when you are not there or confine him in a totally 100% dog proofed room when you are not there. It wouldd be horrible to have to rush them to the vet because he ate something he shouldnt (you'd be surprised what dogs will eat :/)
 

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That was me who said that. I only do adults. Puppies are just too much work between the potty training, the chewing, the extreme energy, the chewing, and oh, did I mention the chewing? I'll take rehabbing a neglected/abused adult dog over a puppy any day.

Anyway, OP, pitties are wonderful dogs, but they are notable chewers. I know pit bull owners who buy their dogs lawn mower tires to chew on. Kong makes a great "power chewer" version, too, I think it's the black one.
 
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