I hope someone can help me here..
7 months ago, we were given a Miniature Pinscher. He was 1 1/2 years oldwhen we got him and house broken.
The problem we are having with him, is the constant destruction when he his left alone. As long as someone is in the house with him, he is fine. But today I had to run some errands and my s/o was asleep when i left, and upon returning home he had destructed a few things.( this is unusual when someone is here).
We were given a crate, how do we go about training him to stay in it when we have to go out ? This summer was easy, we dog proofed our porch for him, but now that winter is here it's not as easy.

Any help given would be greatly appreciated !
Here is his pic:

Thank You !
Tally
I hope someone can help me here.. 7 months ago, we were given a Miniature Pinscher. He was 1 1/2 ... not as easy. Any help given would be greatly appreciated ! Here is his pic: Thank You ! Tally[/nq]
Doesn't your crate have a door? Or is he actually opening it by himself? Emotion: wink Perhaps I have the whole Crate idea wrong?
I've never had a problem with my youngest staying in her crate when I close/lock the door. In fact, if she is scared at all she runs back to her "safe haven". We even had to get 2 more crates so the other 2 dogs didn't fight over the one.
I'd put in some fun toys and a blanket that you may have slept with so he still smells you and is more relaxed.
Best of luck
The problem we are having with him, is the constant destruction when he his left alone. As long as someone ... summer was easy, we dog proofed our porch for him, but now that winter is here it's not as easy.[/nq]Hi there, I own a mini pinscher and this is typical min pin type behavior. This breed is more prone to separation anxiety than others. You really need to dog proof the house to make sure they dont get in the trash or power cords. I usually leave my min pin (Blue) at my parent's house when I go to work. Of course not everyone can do this but a safe/secure room with a window to look out of and toys to play with is also adequate. You can leave them in the crate during the day but I advise against doing this for long periods of time.

My pin gets very neurotic when you leave her in the crate too long. The only way to ensure they "stay" in the crate is to close the door and lock it. If you give min pins the space to wander they will investigate every square inch. I don't live in a small house by any means and she is very nosy and curious about everything that goes on. Plus Blue has the habit of going in and out of the house. If you let her out she'll want back in a few minutes later..then we let her in she'll want out again.

It took awhile to stop that annoying behavior but it's working now.

Anyways good luck, I am a first time min pin owner too if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Hi there, I own a mini pinscher and this is typical min pin type behavior. This breed is more prone to separation anxiety than others.

Is this true? I've not seen any of it in min pins, but then again, I've probably only dealt with about 10 of them.
I know that rescue dogs are more prone to it, no matter what their breed. They have security issues.
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Is this true? I've not seen any of it in min pins, but then again, I've probably only dealt with about 10 of them. I know that rescue dogs are more prone to it, no matter what their breed. They have security issues.

I believe it to be true. I'm on a min pin mailing list it that seems to be the case for most min pins. Some seem to grow out of it when they get older but the young and middle age ones all seem to have some degree of separation anxiety. Min Pins just seem tougher to train and break of bad habits in general. When people say they are willful stubborn little dogs they aren't kidding Emotion: smile.