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Q: Why is my puppy peeing in his crate?

July 14, 2008 | By Throwback682 | 10 answers | Expired: 2193 days ago

Why is my puppy peeing in his crate?

We have a 7 week old mixed breed puppy that we got from a friend. We got him at 5-1/2 weeks and immediately started crating him at night. He screamed all night for quite a while. The first few nights I didn't realize he couldn't hold it all night. Then I was told I had to get up with him. Now we get up and go out every 1-1/2 to 2 hours, although sometimes I oversleep and it's every 4 hours. Often he will pee in his crate regardless of whether I take him out on time or not. If I wait 4 hours he will have definitely peed in there, but if I wait only 2 hours he still may have peed, may not. Sometimes he'll have several accidents in a night. Each time I will wipe out the tray with a Clorox wipe and give him something clean to lay on and wipe his wet belly down with a washcloth.

I'm not sure if he literally is waiting until he cannot hold it anymore, or if he is just peeing in his crate whenever he feels like it.

The litter was "crated" together in a Pack 'n' Play play pen and it was honestly pretty dirty. They didn't get clean bedding as much as they should've. I'm scared that possibly this took away his sense of not wanting to sleep in his own waste. I'm hoping that's not it but I think it may be a factor. Or maybe I'm simply not taking him out enough. I don't know.

So I guess my final question is, what do I do now? I'm not sure if I should keep trying the crate or if I should get him an X-Pen and let him sleep at one end and pee at the other on newspaper. Will this interfere with training him to go potty outside? When we do go outside he goes potty on command. He's doing great when we ARE outside. He's just having trouble when we're inside. Argh.

What do I do?

[Edit: I do have the crate divided. It's not big enough for him to pee on one side and then avoid it - he pees and then has to lay in it, his belly is always all wet.]

[Another note: A lot of people have mentioned that he was too young. I know this. But like someone said, what's done is done. There were circumstances beyond the control of myself or the people who had the pups. Basically the puppies needed to be gone from the house (and the mama dog) that day. Either I took him home that day or he was going into foster care with a rescue. I elected to take him home. He checks out healthy with the vet and he occasionally sees 2 or 3 of his littermates plus his mom and dad. We are doing the best we can with an unfortunate situation of him having to leave too early. At least he was already weaned. Thank you everyone for your crate training tips, keep them coming.]

[ANOTHER UPDATE JULY 15: People say you shouldn't give them too big a crate because they will pee in one end and sleep in the other end. I WISH I had this problem. Yesterday I gave him newspaper in the front and a bed and toys in the back. When I got home he had shredded the newspaper and there was pee and poop from one corner of the cage to the other. Today I put him in the crate with a bed and toys in the back, nothing in the front. He peed in the bed. Then this evening I put him in the crate with nothing. He peed somewhere in the crate and then laid in it. His whole belly was soaked. He does not care whatsoever if he walks or even lays in his own waste. I have no clue what to do.]

Readers' Answers (10)
LabbieLover
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Jul 13, 2008

How big is his crate? I had the same problem with my puppy but then we got her a crate that cam with a divider and we made it small enough that she wouldn't pee but big enough so she could turn around. Good luck!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jul 14, 2008

He should have never left his litter mates at 5 1/2 weeks, that is way too young. My young puppies I don't even try to crate train until they are at least 8-10 week old. If he's a really small puppy he may jusy not be able to hold it yet. I would put him in a larger crate with some newspaper for a couple of weeks. After that get back into crate training with a small crate. Hopefully this will help him start sleeping through the night. The small crate should be large enough for him to lay down, stand and turn around in. As the puppy gets older it will learn not to go in the crate. I think the puppy is just too young and missed out on a lot of valuble time with his litter mates.

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Rhonda Hughes
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Jul 14, 2008

The puppy bladder rule - A puppy can only "hold it" 1 hour for every month of it's age. so, 2 months old only expect him to hold it for 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, and so on. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule. SET AN ALARM!! Yes, this means you MUST get up every 2 hours. If he can't rely on you being there to let him out when he has to go, he will continue to go in his crate and won't even try to hold it.

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