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Jake&Abbie ,

This is a fairly straight forward behavior modification training issue with a few caveats .

First , pick up some Nature's Miracle and clean everything that Jake has marked. This is important to keep up with during the training process.

You will need a wire crate for Jake , and , a flat buckle collar with 6 foot leash.

WOW....... I'm impressed , and , this sentence should be in bright lights as you are very correct......................................
>>>So here is the opportunity. Jake appears to have some emotional issues.<<<

The 2 main issues I see are ( Marking , fearful and insecure ) , general obedience training for manners and to set parameters for acceptable behaviors in the home and outside.

Lets look at these one at a time. You do not know any history on Jake , so , take exactly what he presents and work on this from scratch just as you would a new puppy.
The fear/insecure issues are most probably the root cause of the marking and cowering/peeing. Number one , he is afraid of losing his new home and there could fears related to unknown abuse he has suffered in the past from these same general issues.

General helpful information. During the training/conditioning period Jake will need to be confined to crate in an area that has easy and quick access to outside and an easily cleaned floor. You will need to work out a schedule based on the time you have to work with Jake on a regular basis. Learning , sit , down , stay and the word" No" on friendly/calm and positive training walks. This is very fixable if you have time for some training walks to set up bonding and confidence building while teaching Jake it is fun to learn new things and that there is something in it for him , food and treats to reward correct behavior.

This is really not hard stuff to correct if you have the time for a few training walks on a regular daily basis. To make this work you will need to control everything related to Jake , said another way you will control everything good and rewarding and you will see results in seven days of strict control. What makes this work is that everything is on a positive reward based approach to offer Jake the opportunity to learn correct behavior.

Jake needs to like his crate and in no way see it as any sort of punishment. This is very important , so , take the time to make sure this is the case.......

So , George , the basic obedience work will build confidence and get Jake to focus on you and from that point everything else will be made easier.

Do you have time for this? If yes , let me know what hours/times of day you would be able to work with Jake on a daily basis and I will send you a training schedule to help Jake fit in to the family.




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had a heck of a time getting back into this thread. I have everything needed, he is not afraid of the crate I think because we crate them together and Abbie likes to be in her crate. He is very calm in the house and short of the marking he is not having accidents in the house.

We have 8p to 10p pretty much any night of the week.
Jake&Abbie ,

I'm sorry you had trouble posting. Click on my screen name and use the email option if it is easier for you.

OK , I need to know how Jake spends his days? Are weekends different than week days with respect to the amount of available time to spend with Jake?

If I am reading this correctly , you are saying on a daily basis you have time available from 8p to10p. I'm guessing you and wife both work?
>We have 8p to 10p pretty much any night of the week.<

Glad to hear Jake is not afraid of the crate as this is very important.

This very good as it means that the marking is what we will work on first and that he has the house training under control.
>He is very calm in the house and short of the marking he is not having accidents in the house.<

What is Jake's feeding schedule?

Give any information you can think of that will be helpful.

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