I ended up buying a crate for Brody on Saturday. I got this one:http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...Text=crate&N=2
It is for a dog up to 25 pounds and Brody weighs 20. This crate has made a world of difference in our home.
Saturday afternoon started what I call "Camp Brody". I got the crate together and he jumped right in, a big plus for me because I was worried about getting him used to it. I praised him like crazy when he got inside and gave him a few treats. While he was in his crate I got to work. I had to steam clean the sofa and mop all of the wood floors in the house. I also used an enzyme spray to clean all of the areas I could find that Brody had marked on.
After I was finished I let Brody out of the crate and attached his leash to his collar. I kept him within leash distance of me for the rest of the evening. I didn't let him get away with anything. I gave him a very firm "NO" when he did soemthing he wasn't supposed to. I did give him a slight tug on the leash (he had the harness on) and a firm "NO" when he tried to go after Dori. I also made him sit or lay down before I would pet him or play with him. I rewarded him with a "Good Sit" or "Good lay down" and a treat everytime he did what he was supposed to do.
I brought him out several times that evening and highly praised him everytime he walked out into the grass on his own, and even more so when he used the bathroom. He slept in his crate for the first time Saturday night and did great. I woke up at 4am, to let him outside to use the bathroom and he did and when we came back inside he got right back into his crate which rewarded him with lots of praises and treats.
Sunday was the 2nd day of "Camp Brody". I brought him for a walk that morning around half of the block. I was very firm during the walk, he normally rolls over and plays dead to get out of walking. I carried treats with me and praised him for walking short distances. The first half was tough, but the second half he walked right next to me like any other dog.
When we got him I put him in his crate for a few hours while I did my weekly house cleaning and then I let him out for several hours while i watched football. This day was not as trying as the previous. He was practically ignoring Dori when she walked into the room, and I of course rewarded him with praises and treats.
Yesterday was basically the same but it was my first day at work since we got the crate. I let him out before leaving, then put him back in the crate. I left him with his "Kong" toy with a treat inside so he had something to occupy him. I went home at lunch time to let him outside as well. There were no problems whatsoever.
Things are really looking better as far as Brody's training and I couldn't be more happy. I have dedicated my time the past few days to working with Brody and it has really paid off. I would have never thought there would be this much improvement so quickly and I know it is going to get better. Brody seems very happy in his new home as well.
This morning Dori was waiting at the sliding glass door when I was coming in from letting Brody use the bathroom. She greeted him by sniffing and sat next to him while he sniffed at her. He sniffed for a moment then walked away and left her alone. THAT alone was very impressive to me
I have a few questions about the crate..... I am putting him in it when I begin doing something that prevents me from keeping an eye on him. Last night I put him in his crate while I took a hot bath. Is that mean? I know he has to be in it when we sleep and when we are at work but is it mean to use it at other times like that?
Is the crate a permanent thing, will he always sleep in it at night and when I am at work?
I also want to make sure I think everyone who has given me such wonderful invaluable advice on how to handle life with a dog. I can not thank you enough.
I stopped at lunch time today and bought Brody a new tag with his name and MY address and phone number on it. He's my dog now so he should have a tag. I also picked him up a treat for being so good, a braided bully stick which I read dogs love.