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Joined: 12/31/1969
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Alright so I adopted a dog, Tux, who's a Siberian Husky and German Shepherd mix. He is over two years ago and is currently living outside in a dog pen. I adopted him because I am graduating college soon and wanted a companion for an apartment... however, he is not trained. He did get some time in the crate and was becoming accustomed when my parents put him outside. I was told he would be kept inside but have since learned otherwise. Once I graduate, I plan on trying to get him through some obedience training.

I was wondering if there was anyone out there who's run into the same problem and if you had any tips. Would it be smart to enroll him in training when he's not potty trained and since he's been outside? Is he a lost cause?

I love this dog to death. He had a great demeanor before he was put outside and now I'm afraid that being outside has completely broken him from being an inside dog. Especially since he's so large... and now? Wild.

Joined: 12/31/1969
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Thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it. :]

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

PhillyFlyer, it's unfortunate that he's having to stay outside, but it doesn't have to be detrimental to his long term behavioral health! I would enroll him in a positive reinforcement obedience class as soon as you move out. Don't worry about the fact that he's not potty trained. There will be other dogs in class that aren't and you are there to learn about all aspects of training. If you start him in class right when you get into the apartment, you'll be able to start good habits right from the start. You might want to even meet with the trainer beforehand to see if they have some tips for you before you get into the apartment. You'll probably need to crate train him again, but that would be the same as with any dog that's new to your home. He's definitely not a lost cause. When he moves with you, the situation will be entirely different and he can just learn new rules for the new situation. Make sure he gets plenty of exercise and be consistent in what's expected of him and you two will be fine!
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer