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Q: My 9 week old puppy pees in her crate

January 12, 2012 | By Bethandolive | 2 answers | Expired: 949 days ago

Bethandolive

Olive is a 9.5 week old Welsh Terrier, we got her a week ago. Her breeder ran a tight ship, seemed very clean but the pups were paper-trained. I started "housetraining"her as soon as we got her, bringing her out very frequently to our small backyard with a ton of praise when she has success. I work from home so she's nearby my workspace in a play-enclosure with papers and her crate. I take her out about every 2 hours after some playtime. She's had many "accidents" but also lots of successes. I feel like she's doing well for such a young pup in a new home.

At night she's in her crate in our bedroom. She sleeps soundly from 11pm-5am at a minimum, which I am amazed by. Then she whines and we take her out.

OK, my question. Just today I noticed that her crate smelled like urine. I took out the towel we use as her soft bedding and replaced it and as soon as I put a fresh towel in, Olive went into the crate and peed right in the center of the towel. This seemed totally purposeful, as if she were "marking" her territory? Is this possible?

She loves her crate, goes in willingly all the time, hangs out in there with the door open, sleeps there at night with no whining/crying. She has never pooped in there.

Any advice besides keep changing the towel? No towel? I try to keep her fur and her area very clean so she gets the idea. She is not left in her crate alone except for night-time. When I am not here during the day her crate door is open and she has access to the entire pen (about 7ft square).

Any Help?!?

Readers' Answers (2)
Mary C.
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Jan 13, 2012

You are so doing everything right, I hate to tell you to take her blanket out, I think I would just try to interupt her with a stern no and remove her if you see her trying to pee on her towel, just remember she is still very young and it seems that by what you say she is a little smarty, just be patient and keep doing what your doing! Good luck

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Jillian
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Jan 13, 2012

B/c she's use to going on newspapers, in her mind she was probably hitting her target. Douse the towel with an enzymatic cleaner {like Nature's Miracle} to completely remove her smell and just keep training as you are. It sounds like she's doing really good for her age, and great for having only started potty training a week ago. Potty training can take two weeks to several months before you're accident-free. At most I'd tell you to spend the next week on hyper-vigilance, getting her out even more than you are now, but it sounds like you're well on your way to seeing the end of accidents.

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