Housetraining a 6 year old GSD
I recently adopted from the shelter a 6 year old German Shepherd (estimated age) 4 days ago.
I live in an apartment with a large patio. I have been trying to get him to go out to the patio with treats but he doesn't like going there for some reason.
I give him his dog food 3x a day. He gets it once in the morning with a walk immediately after, then around 5ish and a walk immediately after, and then around 8 with another walk. He gets 3-5 walks a day. He has never urinated in my apartment but he did **** a few times.
I'm going to start crate training him when I am not at home (roughly 8-5). At night he has never had an accident because I shut the door in my room, and have blankets right next to me where he sleeps each night.
My question is, how long should I crate train for?
Should I crate train him at all even when I am at home?
When I have caught him ****ting at home, I shout out an immediate no, and take him outside.
I'm also hoping the crate training would help with separation anxiety. Whenever I have left the house, he pounds on the glass patio door.
Also (yes I know this is bad timing), a family emergency came up and I need to see my family for a week which is a few hours away (he is great in the car). This is from Friday the 11th at night until Sunday October 20th at night. Should I take him with me (my parents have 3 GSD), or have him get boarded for the week? I will do what is best for the dog for that week $ no object!! I want him to have a good life!