We have a 1 year (and 2 month) old mixed breed dog (rhotweiler and rat…

We have a 1 year (and 2 month) old mixed breed dog (rhotweiler and rat terrier mix). We crate trained him when we first got him and he did great. We slowly allowed him to spend more and more time out of his crate until he was good all day out of his crate while we were at work (6 – 3). He got to the point where he didn’t want to go in his crate at all anymore. So, for the last 7 months he has been allowed free range of the house and has done a great job. No accidents and no chewed up things. In the past 3 weeks he has chewed numerous rugs, shoes, pillows and anything else he can. we try to pick everything up but the rugs and pillows stay out. We began filling treats with peanut butter and freezing them and we give him one before we leave. We go on two long walks a day and he gets plenty of cuddle and play time. I didn’t really want to crate train him after he has had all of this free space as I felt he would see it as punishment. But I am unsure of what else to do.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello, Thanks for asking your question, it is a doozie! But a good one. OK, here’s what think and am concerned about. I’m going to try to answer them as you state them and try to bulletize the answers to keep us on track. OK, to begin with, I think that crate training is a wonderful training tool. It is a wonderful life long training tool. (see my Pawbly blog for crate training)…Crate training is NEVER meant to be for punishing, but it is meant to be for training. Training to not eat your belongings as this is destructive and… Read more »