I have a 4 month old female chi named Bella. I'm having some problems with her pooping in her crate and making a huge mess when I leave her in there to go out for a few hours. She doesn't go poop in her crate when it's bedtime. I am currently training her to eliminate on wee pads, which by the way is working great. It seems like it only happens when I leave her alone in the house.
She poops even if she pooped just before I put her in the crate. I've tried making half the crate her bed and the other half were she can go on the pad, but when she poops she is making a mess because she tearing or scratching the heck out of both the pad and her bed. I bought a doggy play pen and I tried to leave her in that, but she climbs out of it. Help!
christine0305 from Lynn, MA
The crate is probably too big. The crate has to have just enough room for the dog to turn around in and that's it. If you have a crate with a divider then use it. Do not put any pads in there, only her bed, and make sure there is only room for the bed to lay down and her on it. A dog won't soil a place where it has to lay.
Good luck! (06/04/2008)
I agree with schubunny. Also, have a radio playing softly in the background, either music or [my dogs] like the talk shows; and a 1 or 2 of her toys in the crate. (06/05/2008)
Use a baby gate to block her in the bathroom and put newspapers down over all the floor in there. She is pooping in the crate because of extreme anxiety in there for some reason. (06/08/2008)
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