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Hi every1, my names Ben and my dogs called Bowser. I NEED HELP asap, because on a night he does the dirty in the hallway and tries to cover it up by eating it. Every night this happens but through the day he barks when he needs to go outside. I've heard alot of different things to do but alot include a cage, problem being i want him as a gaurd dog and he aint much use in a cage if some one breaks in. He is only ten months old at the moment. Thank you for any replies and info.
 

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Do you take him outside right before bed? What is his meal schedule?
 

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Cheers for replying and yes i wait until he's done both outside, the odd few times he wont go though. His meal shedule is 10am for first meal and between 5:30 and 7:00 for his second meal. He's a fussy eater in that he's really random in when he eats, if i put it out for him in the morning he cld wait till 5:30 to eat it, or wolf both meals. thankyou.
 

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You obviously can't let him free roam until he's fully house trained. Get an alarm system and commit to properly training your dog.

Do not free feed a puppy you're trying to house train. The food goes down and comes up 15 minutes later. If he doesn't eat, he goes hungry until the next meal. He'll figure it out quickly enough. (this is NOT something to do with younger puppies.) this will allow you to time his potties properly. Right now, you can't and that makes house training difficult.

Praise and treat outside potties, clean up inside accidents with an enzymatic cleaner like natures miracle. Soap and water isn't enough.
 

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Thank you for the help, i'll start putting his meals dwn for 15 mins. Dn't know what the alarm system reffers to but i'll have a look on google. I jst use bleach on mi floors due to using a bottle a week of febreeze. From now on i'll lock him out of the corridor until like u said he's fully house trained.
 

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Enzymatic cleaners are great, but some people would spend HUNDREDS with their dog's accidents. So, what may be better for you is to use water, white vinegar, baking soda, peroxide and dish soap.

First clean the mess up as best you can with a towel or whatever.

Next, pour a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar on the area. Remember to soak the area liberally as it needs to not only reach the carpet fibers but the pad beneath the carpet. Then scrub it with a scrubbing brush or a toothbrush. Wait a couple hours to let the vinegar work, then blot up vinegar.

Then, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the area. Mix a 1/2 cup peroxide with 1 TSP (teaspoon) and slowly pour it over the baking soda.

Finally, once the baking soda is dry vacuum it all up. You may need to use the scrubbing brush to loosen the baking soda.

This will not only remove the smell for you, but for the dog as well, so he doesn't return to the area.

Note: If the area is very heavily soiled you may need to do this treatment a few times.

As everyone said, get a an alarm for you house, and get a crate for the dog.

Guard dogs take LOTS of work and immense practice, time, and patience.
 

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A 10 month old PUPPY is not a guard dog. Get yourself an alarm for your house and a crate for your dog and start house breaking 101 all over again.
 

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I am not saying that my ten month old pup is a gaurd dog, i'm saying i want him to be a gaurd dog. So what's the point of getting him used to a cage now then letting him out when he's older only to find he rips up my house. I dn't need basics 101 jst a few POINTERS. I'd say summat else but dn't wanna get kicked as i've only jst joined.
Nuclear Glitter, thank you for the advice, i'm going to try your advice and if the problem persists i'll give your solution a whirl. I expect that it's going to be hard work and am willing to put in the time and effort in to make him the best gaurd dog he can be, shld he be friendly with other dogs if he's going to be a gaurd dog, because he's really friendly with people and dogs, is that just a puppy thing?...
 

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Well-socialized, cherished pets make great deterents. They are safe to be around but raise the roof if someone weird comes by or something odd happens. Socialize your dog to people, places, events, and everything you can think of. Brave, confident, bonded dogs are more likely to be helpful when needed than fearful dogs. The odds of your dog ever having to do more than bark is virtually nil.
 

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Crate training your dog is not going to cause him.to become destructive. Are you planning on having him trained for protection, or you just want him to bark?

Decreasing late feedings, getting up at night for potty breaks, or crate training would be your best options.
 

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If you continue to let your puppy roam free in your house, your house will be trashed and your puppy will never get house trained. Crate train your pup. He's too young to train as a guard dog at his age anyway. That takes some very intense and consistent training, probably with a professional.
 

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We have never used crates, but until about 9 months we confined our puppies at night with an ex-pen and a baby gate. They have plenty of room, but just half of the kitchen and the laundry area.

We have not trained them to be guard dogs (I imagine this would take years and years and probably couldn't start until they are 1 anyway) but they bark like crazy when someone comes to our door. They also seem to know when I'm uncomfortable, and get nervous with those people, and are friendlier with people I'm welcoming to. (for example, I was upset with my son and grouching at him- not yelling- but the dogs got quite agitated and I thought I'd better stop or they are gonna think they need to shut me up or shut my son up!)

But I would imagine that if you are just learning the basics of potty-training, knowing something as complex as guard dog training would be a stretch.
 

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Bennyg, how do police dogs travel to work, drug dogs get to airports, search and rescue get to disasters - they all are crate trained and travel in crates - every one of them and it enhances their working ability.

Get your dog crate trained and you will not have those pesky "accidents".

Putting your dog into a crate will not stop him barking when he hears strangers in your home.
 

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Bennyg, how do police dogs travel to work, drug dogs get to airports, search and rescue get to disasters - they all are crate trained and travel in crates - every one of them and it enhances their working ability.

Get your dog crate trained and you will not have those pesky "accidents".

Putting your dog into a crate will not stop him barking when he hears strangers in your home.
Yes, all of these dogs are kennel trained.
 

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Some properly snd advice from you all, thankyou very much. On a night i've stopped him from going into the corridor where he feels comfortable letting loose, and confined him to the living room. It has worked for the past few nights so all being well it he continues to hold it in until morning. If he does revert bk to his old ways i'll take your advive and put him in a crate.
I wld ideally love him to be a gaurd dog later in his life, dn't know a suitable age for this so probs go on his behaviour and so on. He barks at the door now but rarely follows it up by going investigating, probably due to his age but not really sure. Wld the introduction of another dog, possibly boerboel help him mature into a gaurd dog. As i know the SA Boerboel instinctively is a gaurd dog through n through.
 

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If you want your dog to be an actual GUARD dog, he will need mountains of formal training. After that, you will need to help him figure out who's safe and who isn't and that can lead to a dangerous situation.

Love your dog, let him love you back. A loyal dog is a brave dog is a "guard' dog. If he loves you, he's going to want to protect you.

He's already barking at the door. Would you prefer him to run to it and jump the person knocking or ringing the bell without hesitation? He's still a puppy.
You seem like you just want dogs to naturally be ace guard dogs without you having to actually do anything. It doesn't work like that.
 

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To Hollow Heaven,
I am not that naive to think my dogs going to be a naturally ace gaurd dog, if i did i wouldn't be on here asking for advice and help. Yes i know it's going to take alot of hours spent in the bk garden training and possibly alot of money but i'm willing to go the extra mile in assuring my dog will be an effective gaurd dog. I've trained him thus far to bark at the door or any other room part from the 1 he's in if he hears a noise, and yes i want him to run and try and smash dwn the door if some 1 knocks, even go as far as having to collar him to prevent him from attacking strangers. On the other hand i want him to be at total peace with people he knows and trusts, i expect and know my dog will show me the qualities in proving himself a worthy foe to wld be intruders. MY DOG IS BOSS.
 

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I've trained him thus far to bark at the door or any other room part from the 1 he's in if he hears a noise, and yes i want him to run and try and smash dwn the door if some 1 knocks, even go as far as having to collar him to prevent him from attacking strangers.
This is terrible. If he bites (heaven forbid MAULS) someone, such as the Fed Ex guy delivering a package or the Girl Scout knocking on the door to ask if you want to buy cookies will most likely end in a lawsuit and your dog being destroyed.
 

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This is terrible. If he bites (heaven forbid MAULS) someone, such as the Fed Ex guy delivering a package or the Girl Scout knocking on the door to ask if you want to buy cookies will most likely end in a lawsuit and your dog being destroyed.
My thoughts exactly. I would NEVER dream of owning a dog that tried to attack every stranger. What happens if you want to take him for a walk or on vacation and a small child runs up to him (it happens).
 
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