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We recently got a new dog and are in the process of house training. It's more my mom training the dog than me because I have school every day otherwise I would deal with it, but what can you do? I told her basically the dog needs to be in his cage, outside, or supervised until he's got the hang of it. The problem is that she doesn't like to listen to him barking in his cage (for an hour or more, he doesn't quit) and when she puts him outside, he just stands and scratches at the door. The door is relatively new and he's tearing it up. Any suggestions on either the barking or the scratching? Thanks for the help.
 

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Both the barking and the scratching are to get someones attention. If no one wants to do that though, I don't see any alternatives.....he won't be trained by himself.
 

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So would you just suggest continuing to get him happy with his cage or what? My mom has resorted to spanking him when he scratches. I know that's not the way to go, but she doesn't know what to do and she doesn't really understand dog training that well. I have 2 little brothers so she can't sit and supervise the dog all day. She's really frustrated and wants to get rid of him. I would like to note that I am not the one who brought the dog home, I'm just the resident dog trainer.
 

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Most dogs go in their kennels and sleep....dogs sleep 16-18 hours a day if they're getting enough daily exercise. One hour of running/walking along with some basic obedience every day should make the dog really tired (ie; quiet/asleep). That still leaves 6-7 hours of awake time that needs to be filled somehow. That's why owners resort to chew toys, games, a 2nd dog or take up a dog sport...Agility, Obedience, Rally, training classes...something to keep the dog busy.
 
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