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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMicky54321 View Post
    I dont want the dog in the house, because of the chewing lol.

    But yer what would you guys recomend other than if treated pine is out of the question?
    'BigMicky54321',

    Pups really do get over the chewing stage quite quickly if you are prepared to train your pup and give the pup something else appropriate to chew on. I am now onto my fifth GSP - but washing on the line has never been a problem, killing pillows or walls or whatever - no - not a problem !

    Pulling the squeaky or stuffing out of toys - yes - but that is their toy - so what !

    I am not one to have pups sleeping outside - but each to their own !

    I have always sectioned off a part of the house with 'child gates' or as I call them - 'puppy gates' - so the pup is contained in a safe area if I can't supervise.

    If you really want to have a really good pup - who sleeps and spends a lot of time outside - then - you - as the owner - need to be out there with your pup and spending heaps of time with the pup !

    Don't expect the pup to self train - because that will only end up in tears !

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    I would crate mine inside at nights. During the day before I had a dog door if I was out, I had a small garden shed where I put their stretcher beds. This worked pretty well particularly in winter during any rain.
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    i have just had a look around my house and i'll be 'crating' my pup up in the laundry and it also has a door that leads to the backyard. So he'll be staying in there a fair bit.

    What should i do for toilet training or a toilet for the pup. Are Puppy Pad's any good... or should i just line my floor with newspaper and hope for the best?

    Thanks for all the help guys.

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    with an am staff I would build it to a house quality and have all none chewing materials.

    Definitely a corrugated iron hinged roof, and put wall insulation batts in the roof, floor and walls (behind something like cement sheeting, so that your guy is ok in all weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMicky54321 View Post
    i have just had a look around my house and i'll be 'crating' my pup up in the laundry and it also has a door that leads to the backyard. So he'll be staying in there a fair bit.

    What should i do for toilet training or a toilet for the pup. Are Puppy Pad's any good... or should i just line my floor with newspaper and hope for the best?

    Thanks for all the help guys.
    Toilet training takes a bit of effort in the beginning. You need to take the dog outside to a particular spot on a regular basis and tell it to go wee or pee or whatever cue you want to give the dog. Reward when it complies. Puppies usually need to go shortly after meal times. If the puppy is in the house, keep and eye for restless behaviour and always put out immediately it awakes from sleeping.

    I always just used newspaper if I had to leave my puppy for any length of time. However the effort you put in at the beginning to take your dog outside and train it pays off in the long run. Mine will all pee on command which is very usefull if travelling, or the dog needs to be confined for any length of time.

    A note on boy dogs. I had to retrain them when they started to lift their legs, or they would start marking in the house. I had only had girl dogs up till then so it was a bit different!

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    When they are smaller they will need to be taken out every hour or so and after eating and sleeping and also a few times in the night. If they make an accident inside do not rub their noses in it. It does not teach them that it is wrong. Ignore unwanted behavior and praise good behavior like toileting out side.

    AmStaffs are smart, it didn't take my two long to learn to go outside. Most puppies pick it up quickly.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Puppy pads are good for night time, although I found that they would pee right on the edge or in Bella's case, not use it at all.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I've had a kennel building project in the ether for a long time. Got lots of plywood and corrugated iron, and got distracted when evil hardware store helper suggested a building method I can't actually make work - instead of building a frame. Sigh.

    No treated pine - that's poisonous. If you're worried about chewing, save a length of frame 2by4 for dog to chew on. I usually have a few branches of fruit tree pruning or fresh gum tree around the yard for my chewer to munch on. Splinters can be a hazard but I find tree branches tend not to be a problem. Too soft or green or something.

    Several of the hard ware stores have free kennel plans and will cut the timber to size.

    I plan to put mine up on a pallet - there's lots of those unwanted around the place, or you could use concrete blocks. Nothing's going to stop termites, but if it's quite dry underneath (kennel has good eaves) then it would be easy to check up on termites and better the dog kennel than your house. Just don't lean it up against your house if it has wood in it. And if you use corrugated iron for the roof - make sure you cap all the sharp edges so nobody or dog can cut themselves on it.

    PS hinging the roof might work if it's not too heavy. Otherwise bolting it so you can unbolt it when you need to - is a good idea.

    I suspect mine will be so big, I will be able to get all the way into it.

    Also I plan to offset the door way - have it at one end of a wall, so that there is good shelter behind the other end of the wall.

    Bayleaves, mint, lavendar and rosemary are all supposed to be good bug deterrents.
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    Hey Hyacinth, you wouldnt happen to have the plans to your kennel handy?
    exactly what i want. corrugated roof. large open space inside, with the opening offset, and on cinder blocks

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    This would be one they did for better homes and gardens - a bit fiddly tho. But it gives you ideas.

    http://l.yimg.com/au.yimg.com/i/life...ennel_plan.jpg
    rest of info on that one is here.
    Pattern Sheet - Designer Dog Kennel *- Better Homes and Gardens - Yahoo!7

    Mitre 10 has this on the web (or you can pick up a brochure - the pdf - from their stores.
    Mitre10 - Planning & DIY - Resources - MitrePlans - Build a Dog Kennel

    The door is in one piece of ply - so it ends up where ever you put it. I just made a template and drew it on the plywood and cut it out with a friend's jig saw.

    That plan says treated pine - but don't do it. They didn't ask a vet about it.

    The actual plans - aren't digitised so I can't share.

    I plan to modify them slightly by buildng a frame out of stud wall frame pine and attaching the ply to that, and then I can put insulation inside the frame and then line it with thin ply. Not sure about cement sheeting or plaster board - I like timber. The outside is 12ml marine ply. Or stuff that won't dissolve in the rain. You could probably make something out of recycled cupboards or doors. Ie raiding the local second hand wardrobe furniture shop might be a cheaper source of ply and framing than new from the hardware shop.

    I also found out how big a standard piece of ply was and had to scale cut outs of all the bits of ply I wanted so I could get the right amount of sheeting and they cut it up for me in the shop.

    In the end - all my new stuff - paint and ply cost the same as buying a nice new one. Sigh.

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