so we have this awesome 7 months old puppy that we love to death. we got him when he was a month old, he never went through any kind of training, other then what we attempted teaching him. we have several issues with him that we don't know how to overcome :
1) he still pee's and poop's in the house : we live in an apartment,and because he will just chew on ANYTHING that comes in his way (including ALL furniture's in the house) we are forced to keep him separated (in the kitchen) from the rest of the house while we're either out or during the night. sometimes he will pee in his own bed or even next to (and sometimes on) his food. i can sometimes walk him for 30-40 minutes, and then he'll come back home and take care of business after less then an hour.
2) chewing : i realize that he's teething and needs something to keephis mouth busy, but he will prefer to chew on things his NOT allowed to (like furniture) rather then on things he IS allowed too (his toys, we bought him a bunch just for this purpose).
3) wild behavior (sometimes) : i guess that it has something to do withthe fact that he spends most of his time alone all day, but when we get home, he is sometimes un stoppable. runs like crazy all over the house, jumps on us, barks...
does this sound normal for an indoor puppy ? he's a mixed pit-bull... he does have his relaxed moments where he can just get comfy on his couch or in his bed and be so cute and sweet, but this is getting to be a real problem for us sometimes, and we're not sure how to deal with his training... we are both working long hours and cant really dedicate THAT much time into training... does it make any sense to send him to one of these places for a week, where they go through some basic training?
advices here are highly appreciated...
btw, just so you can get a visual of who he is :
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so we have this awesome 7 months old puppy that we love to death. we got him when he was a month old,

I'm doubting that. At 4 weeks, he's not weaned.
1) he still pee's and poop's in the house : we live in an apartment, and because he will just ... him for 30-40 minutes, and then he'll come back home and take care of business after less then an hour.

Crate training. Supervision. If he doesn't go, he gets no freedom for 5-10 minutes, then try again. No walk until he produces (i.e. stay in one area and only give the reward of the walk AFTER he goes).
2) chewing : i realize that he's teething and needs something to keep his mouth busy, but he will prefer ... furniture) rather then on things he IS allowed too (his toys, we bought him a bunch just for this purpose).

Bitter apple. Exercise. Training. Redirection.
3) wild behavior (sometimes) : i guess that it has something to do with the fact that he spends most ... when we get home, he is sometimes un stoppable. runs like crazy all over the house, jumps on us, barks...

Exercise. Training.
does this sound normal for an indoor puppy ? he's a mixed pit-bull... he does have his relaxed moments where ... any sense to send him to one of these places for a week, where they go through some basic training?

He needs a whole lot more than you're giving him. You need to step up to the plate and TRAIN this dog. If you can't - rehome him. He deserves more.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
you are telling me what i already know, and with all due respect, your answers dont sound like something i would expect out of a professional (which you seem to be, judging by what ou say about yourself in your website). i hope that when people come to personaly see you with their problems, you dont tell them "Exercise. Training. Redirection. ". hardly an advise for an un experienced dog lover. i'm sorry that "you're doubting" the facts that i'm telling you, but we did get him at the age of 4 weeks. we actualy got him from a shelter, where his future must be a lot worse then the loving home he has today.

i hope you have some actual educating advise for us..? if not, thanks for trying to help.
. i hope that when people come to personaly see you with their problems, you dont tell them "Exercise. Training. Redirection. ".

I elaborate of course, but this is a public newsgroup - last I checked, you weren't paying me for detailed advice. But that's it in a nutshell. You have a high energy breed, in an apartment, say NOTHING about training or exercise, so that's a place to start. If you aren't willing to provide that, you have no business owning the dog. Period.
i hope you have some actual educating advise for us..?

I did and do. Your dog needs significant, focused, safe exercise. Your dog needs training. Since you are INexperienced, the best way for you to do that is hire a trainer/signup for a training class. Pitbulls get a bad rap, they don't need owners who aren't willing to do what they need to do.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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i hope that when people come to personaly see you with their problems, you dont tell them "Exercise. Training. Redirection. ".

Well, when you actually enroll in one of Janet's classes (after paying her some ), she'll show you how to do all that.

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i hope you have some actual educating advise for us..? if not, thanks for trying to help.

My advice?
Find your dog a good home.
If for no other reason that this comment:
we are both working long hours and cant really dedicate THAT much time into training

And one where the owner doesn't have a giant chip on his shoulder.

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Thanks for the very detailed responce Suja. i guess that the only way is to spend more time out of the house and let him get all this puppy energy out of his system. we'll give it a shot for a few days and see how it goes. how do you feel about training centers who take your dog for a few days and walk him through the basics ? i'm having problems trusting anyone with him for such a long time... we were on vacation a few weeks ago and i was worried sick and calling home twice a day to check on him, even though he had a 24\7 supervision from our neighbor...
you are telling me what i already know

Now I'm confused. If you already know what to do, why aren't you doing it?
i hope that when people come to personaly see you with their problems, you dont tell them "Exercise. Training. Redirection. ". hardly an advise for an un experienced dog lover.

Why not? Dog training isn't rocket science, and there are no easy answers. What Janet said in a nutshell is that you need to spend more time exercising and training your dog if you want a dog without the problems that you've mentioned. There really is no way to get around the fact that dogs need exercise and training, and that you need to spend some time doing that.
i hope you have some actual educating advise for us..? if not, thanks for trying to help.

To keep your dog from chewing stuff he shouldn't, keep him confined when you can't supervise him, keep him tethered to you or something else in the room so you can keep an eye on him, redirect him towards appropriate chewies (having too many toys can be a problem, and the dog may have trouble distinguishing between what is an appropriate chew toy, and what is not), praise and reward when he makes correct choices. You may also want to try putting something distasteful like bitter apple on things he is not allowed to chew.Potty training requires diligence and patience on your part. Feed your dog on a schedule so his pottying also becomes fairly predictable. Take your dog out on a schedule. Reward him (praise, treat, play, whatever motivates your dog) when he goes in the right place. It might also be helpful to associate a cue (Go Pee, Go Poop are what I use) with the elimination so that the dog can be taught to go on cue. If your dog goes outside and hasn't taken care of business, crate him or otherwise confine him and take him out again 5 or 10 minutes later.

Lather, rinse, repeat. If your dog is having accidents in the house while you are gone for long periods of time, it might be because he just can't hold it any longer. You might want to investigate having a dogwalker come in once a day to take him out. I am making the assumption here that your dog doesn't have a medical problem that makes it difficult for him to hold it, and that he is not marking.
As for the crazy behavior, just about the only thing that will work for that is to keep him mentally and physically exercised. Get up half an hour or an hour earlier than you do, and take him for a long walk. Do this at least once a day, preferably twice, rain or shine. If you have a safe place where he can be off-leash (since he's a pit mix, he may not be a dog park candidate, so something like a tennis court might have to do), let him run around a bit, chasing balls or frisbee, just getting some of the ya-yas out of his system.

Training does not have to be time consuming. In fact, it is best done in short spurts, but many times during the day. Teach him to do stuff while the commercials are on. Practice by having him perform his tricks before he gets fed or played with, or even loved on.

Khan's best friend is a Pit mix, who was adopted at 7 months of age. She was hell on wheels, and about the only way to keep her sane was to give her lots and lots of exercise, and give her a good amount of training. You may find that you have to do the same.
Suja
how do you feel about training centers who take your dog for a few days and walk him through the basics ?

"Dog training" is somewhat of a misnomer - good trainers teach the handler how to train the dog.
What part of the world do you live in? Maybe someone here can point you to a training school or organisation.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
we live in bergen county, NJ. i would live to go and see a professional about this. we really love our dog and want to make both our life's (and his) happier and easier.
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