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Q: Why does my puppy pee in his crate?

April 14, 2010 | By Nmgauthi | 7 answers | Expired: 1581 days ago

Nmgauthi

I got our "rottie" at 2 months old, and unfortunately, we needed to crate train him right away because both us work during the day. At first, he was doing really well in the crate, not peeing. But now around 4 months, he has taken to peeing in his crate. The crate is large enough for him to still turn around and lay down. He doesn't drink water 2-3 hours before putting him in his crate before we go to work, as well as putting him to bed at night. We end up going to bed around midnight and as soon as he barks at 4am, we take him out. But by then he has peed in his crate. We're at a loss and of course, it's very frustrating to us. I reaching out to the experts for help!

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Michele Z.
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Apr 14, 2010

I'm no "expert", but my gut reaction is to ask how LONG is the puppy in the crate each day without a "potty break"????

If you are leaving your puppy in the crate for more than a few hours at a time while you are at work, the puppy has no recourse but to "go" when he's gotta go! Even IF you came home for lunch and the puppy was in the crate for, say, a span of 4+ hours at a time, that may be too long for a puppy to control himslef.

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Stephanie  C.
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Apr 14, 2010

It could be that he has a health problem, or the crate is too big, or he is protesting.

If it is a health problem, have your vet check him.

The crate is too big if he can potty in one end, and still have a clean sleeping place on the other. If this is the case, get a smaller crate. Then switch up as he grows.

He could be protesting being in the crate and away from you. If this is the case, you have to be more stubborn than him. You can also try leaving it dirty for a few days. Then when you clean it, he won't want to mess it again. You may have to do this repeatedly.

Good luck!

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daryl b.
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Apr 14, 2010

i agree with both sugestions. it is bossible that he havn't hold it but as they get older their bladders should get stronger. i would say that protesting may be more correct. he may resent being left alone and in the crate

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