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Now for the past few weeks she is using it in her bed, on her blankets, and everywhere. She used to whine when she needed to go out and that has stopped as well. What can I do?
By Angelia2010 from Atlanta, GA
I own a 9-year-old Shiba, and she did the same thing when she was a puppy. She would poop and howl like I was beating the living daylights out of her! She was so loud for a little fur ball that fit in the palm of your hand. I thought for sure the neighbors were hearing everything. I found the uproar was over her being separated from me. Remember now, your dog has previously been abandoned, so she is scared. I moved my pup in her crate next to my bed but that did not work out either. In the end (smart dog), I put her in bed with me and that was the end of the nightmare scenario. Also at this stage you have to get her in a "poopin and pp" schedule and do this routinely.
My Shiba is not vocal. She won't tell me when she needs to go, so I got in the habit of taking her out every hour when she was a pup and even today definitely first thing in the morning upon rising and the last thing at night before hitting the hay. You must do this or you will continue to have problems and you must go outside with them even at 2 am, 3 am, for 6 weeks. Which is the amount of time it takes them to learn the routine. Once they are on that schedule and maturing, you will take them out less frequently. Best wishes!
Cut a cardboard box low to share some space in the crate. Put a pee pad in there. Try feeding her in there and leave her for about 10 min. If she uses the pad reward her with lots of loving.
Our 5 month old German Shepherd is pooping in her cage. She is let out every 4 hours and still always poops in her cage. I feed her at 7 am, she poops at 8ish and I leave for work at 8:30. A walker comes at 12:30. She walks her and all is good. After that she is put back in the cage until 3. She sometimes poops and if she doesn't poop in that time she does from 5-7. Three months ago she was not doing this at all. What do I do?
He's too young to leave in a cage for a long period of time without being let outside. How many hours do you leave him in there?
What brand of food are you feeding her and how much? What does she currently weigh?
I have a 17 week old puppy. We have tried crate training her. She is potty trained, and always lets us know when she needs to go outside. However when my husband and I go to work we leave her in the crate. Every time she is locked up she poops and gets all dirty, no matter what.
In the morning we will take her out for a 30 min. walk, she does poop outside, and once we put her in the crate she'll poop again. We put her space down to only where she can turn around and lay down, it doesn't do anything. We feed her once a day, 2 cups of food, and not after 7. Before we go to bed she goes poop outside. We stopped crate training her at night bcuz she won't stop barking. The people above us have a 1 year old so we try not to be too loud. When she sleeps in our room she doesn't go potty at all.
We got her to stop for a week and now she's back doing it. We don't give her any toys, bones, blankets, treats, or water. It's just her.
Today I had a friend watch her bcuz I had to work 24 hours, and she pooped, huge amounts, 9 times within 12 hours. She did it every time she was put in the cage. I ended up having to take her home becuz she wont stop.
I don't know what to do with her.
You said you had to work 24 hours today. How often does this happen? Do you frequently have to work long hours? Is your schedule somewhat erratic?
You also say your husband works. Does he often work at the same time you do? What happens to the puppy during this time?
Here's your problem: A seventeen week old puppy is a baby. You are two working people raising a baby.
That baby is scared. She doesn't know who is going to be home when, if her needs are going to be met, or who will be watching her. She does know she is going to be shoved in the crate and as far as she is concerned she spends way too much time in the crate.
I'm not the person who gets to make the rules, but a four month old puppy is the equivalent to a human infant. I believe a puppy should never be left alone during this time. I believe a puppy should not be put in a crate with the door shut except for the purpose of crate training at night when everyone else is asleep. If she barks at night, it's because she's become afraid of being left alone. She's insecure.
Now you've got her in the crate without so much as something to chew on to relieve the anxiety or a blanket to comfort her. And she's a only a baby.
Please reconsider having a dog at this time.
Here is my two cents. I have a 5 month old puppy. She is a tough one to crate train. She doing okay but not as easy as the last dog we had . First of all, how large is this puppy? My dog is about 9 lbs and she gets 1/2 C. of food two times a day. Two cups of food a day seems like a crazy amount of food for a puppy. When we first got her she would poop at least 8 or 9 times a day. No kidding. There was nothing wrong with her, that was just what she did. She was a poop factory.
She is now 5 mos. old and you can guarantee she will poop at least 4 x a day. Upon waking.. 8:30 am... 3:30 a.m. after I get home and she comes out of her crate, and before bed. I remember being super frustrated as we would take her out , she would go, and we would bring her in for free time and a half hour later she would go poop on the rug again. It was crazy. She has a routine now. Dogs need a routine.
As far as the pooping in the crate goes, mine doesn't do that. She must really have to go if she is doing that. I assume she was to the vet and had shots and was checked for worms, etc.? Back when my dog was doing all the poop she had tape worms. I would make sure she doesn't have that. If you are so busy that you can't put this pup on a regular schedule I would say find a responsible family on Rescueme. org .
We all work and are home at different times so my dog isn't alone too awful long. Also, what brand of food are you feeding this pup? If you dog food is full of fillers and grains, you dog will poop much more. I feed Wellness for puppy. Eventually your dog will work like a clock. Food in = food OUT. Keep the dog leashed while eating, scoot them right out the back door. It's rough to potty train. Usually after playing in the house or running around it's poop time.
My pup will now sit and give me this look and I know it's time to go out. I know it's frustrating but if you don't have the time to devote to this, you may want to find it another home. Not being smart, just being honest. It's not an easy job. The pup is too small to be taken somewhere else and watched, etc... it needs to be home and on a strict routine.
We have a 13wk old terrier mix that has been with us for about a week and a half. We're in the process of housebreaking and crate training her, and she's still learning. Our daily schedule is wake up at 5:30 to take her out, then in for breakfast. We take her out again before we leave for work at 7:15, making sure she's peed and pooped at least once in the morning. She's in the crate until my wife gets home around 3:00, and during this time she has pooped in her crate, and somehow spread it in a splatter pattern outside the crate (very little left inside). We don't know if she jumps on it or what, but it's over a foot out from the crate in any direction. We clean the crate and wash her and she's out for the afternoon. No food until dinner time around 6pm, and no food after 8pm. We take her out again before bed (9:30-10pm) and she's fine in the crate overnight.
She's pooped in her crate during the daytime for several days in a row now. The crate has a divider to make it appropriately sized for her, but since she spreads it outside, she effectively removes it from her area so it doesn't bother her. She does it whether we have a towel in the crate for bedding or not. We're not able to leave work during the day to come home and let her out. Any suggestions?
Have you taken her to your vet for an initial exam to be sure she does not have any medical problems? We once had a black lab that could not hold for more than about 4 hours, no matter what we tried. The vet took an xray for possible blockage, however, it appeared that she had a shorter or thinner colon (I was only 10 at the time so this is all I remember) which affected her defecation. We loved her and just made changes where needed.
The vet can also provide suggestions to help you help your terrier.
Some dogs simply can't wait 8 hours. You may have to find someone in your neighborhood who can take the dog out at the halfway mark.
I don't feel young puppies should be left alone for that amount of time, anyway. Puppies are a lot like children. They are social and interactive. You wouldn't leave a child home alone for eight hours in a little cage. Assuming you also put him in there at night, that is a heck of a lot of time to spend in a crate.
Puppies that feel abandoned can quickly learn to hate their crate which will quickly undo any training you're trying to achieve.
Our baby Pug/Cocker mix, named Pucker, is 6 months old and she sleeps on our bed every night with our other dog, a 5 year old Pug. No problems at all, she loves sleeping on the bed. When we go out to dinner or to run an errand, we leave her in her crate. She was crate trained before we let her sleep on the bed. Our excursions last maybe 2 1/2 hours tops. So she's not in that crate very long. The last few weeks, every time we come home, she's pooped in the crate...no peeing just pooping.
The only reason we leave her in the crate is because, even though we've been vigilant in potty training, and she's doing very well, we are still worried about accidents. Also, she loves to terrorize our Pug, so we want to give her some peace. We don't know why she's doing this now and not before. Is it just the fact that she hates the crate and she's trying to tell us something?
I suggest taking Pucker to your vet now to determine if she has a medical problem that would cause your problems. After any medical problem is ruled out or treated, your vet can also make recommendations to improve Pucker's behavior.
How large is the crate?
Is your dog too large now for his crate?
Do you also crate your other dog at the same time when you leave? Perhaps Pucker is upset that he is crated and the Pug is not?
Pucker needs behavioral training to stop his aggression to the Pug.
You do need to crate both or none.
If you only crate your dog when you leave, the pup will see it as a punishment. You need to also crate her while you're there as well. Choose a time when the pups should be napping.
I agree that you should not be allowing one dog to "terrorize" another.
If you don't discipline the dog and allow her to do stuff she shouldn't because she is little and cute, she will behave badly when asked to do something you want her to do, like stay in the crate. Start her on her training.
I have a 3 month old brindle pit bull puppy and he will not poop anywhere besides his crate. I see a lot of people saying they won't pee or poop where they sleep, but not only does he pee in there, he will only poop in there. After he eats, which we took down to once a day, we wait 10 minutes then take him out for an hour and he does nothing. In fact, he eats at 7:00 pm, will not do anything outside, then holds it all night and poops in his crate during the day. I am at the end of my rope having to come home and bathe him and clean a crate everyday. Please help.
Each day when he poops in his crate, take the poop and put it outside in the area where you want him to poop. Do NOT punish him for pooping in his crate. Take him to the vet as well to be checked to be sure he does not have any physical difficulties. Also, the vet can give you good feedback on how to fix this.
OK not to hurt your feelings but he may be scared and upset. If he did that with his mother she probably cleaned up after him. I do not know how old he was when he was taken from his mother. Most of the time this should be his safe haven. How long do you leave him in there? Does he have something to chew on and lay by or a toy? Pits get very large and strong all of a sudden. Also he needs to be taken out more and tell him a command.
I use go outside and walk in the grassy area with him. When he does do his business tell him what a good boy he is and pet him. I also use special things. ex. rub his eyes softly shutting them, hug him, rub along his face or nose softly... See what is special to him. Also if you have a trusted friend or relative that could come by during the day, that would be great. My 80 yr old mom comes by for an abused and left alone dog for years now. She gets so excited when my mom comes over and she lays down like a puppy only for her. I have secretly watched the two of them. You know what she does and only my mom? She kisses her face and rubs her nose. My dog went from 63 lbs to 100. The vet could not believe she was the same dog. Now it took me a year to get her where she is. Pitt bulls are known to be smart and stubborn! They tend to be big baby styles and love you to death ot watch dogs. Do not let that dog ever see you as anything but the leader of the pack.
I've heard of "crate training" that's for sure. I've raised 4 dogs with no crate (cage). My breeder told me to get one and train my latest puppy to pee in it, makes no sense. I've never crate trained a dog. I never will but each to their own and a lot of people crate train to save their furniture from being chewed while at work. Also keeps the pup safe from wires and such. I don't know what the right answer is for this. Wow. If the pup is in it for great lengths of time alone while you are working or away from your house then yes, it will pee and poop there. Otherwise, when you are home, leave the door open so the pup can come and go and train it to go outside. Pups catch on quite fast for the most part.
Well I'm new. LOL. I should learn to read dates on the posts before posting. lmao
My dog is about 2 years old. She has a bit of anxiety and as I just got her a few months ago, I don't know a lot about her history. Just recently (the past month or so) she started pooping in her cage.
It started out as problems with diarrhea, so I blamed it on her being sick. The vet gave her medication and now she is feeling better, but she continues to poop in her cage.
I bought her a smaller one, hoping that it would discourage the behavior, but now she just pushes it out of the cage. Now I have to clean the cage and the dog every time.
It usually happens when she is left home alone at my boyfriend's house or my parents'. She never does this at home. I know that she can hold it for 6-8 hours typically, although I usually take her out every 4-5.
My next idea was to put her in a cage that is more enclosed so that she can't push it out. I just worry that this will cause her more anxiety and her diarrhea will come back.
By JM from Louisville, KY
Please don't put her into a smaller crate - she's stressed enough. Take her to the toilet after each meal. Feed her earlier - give her a BIGGER crate or even better a pen to sleep in. Don't punish her.
A large pen is far better. These can be bought from pet shops. If you can't afford to buy one then try hinging 4 large pieces of pre. made lattice fencing together.
Put newspaper down on the floor so if she has an accident it is easy clean up. This dog maybe stressed for being in the small pen (as I'm sure you would be). Don't give up - as I'm sure she's in need of some loving.
Is there any reason you have no knowledge of her previous life? You are only increasing her anxiety by leaving her with your parent, then boyfriend, when she is ideally supposed to be living with you. Why is she consistently kept in a "crate" instead of being allowed to roam free in your home. If you live with no access to a backyard, is there any reason you can't walk her on lead in a designated area at least morning and night.
If none of these options are freely available in her very best interest the kindest gift you can give this poor frustrated creature is to give her to some one who has.
My dog is 15 weeks old. He is a Yorkie and Schnauzer mix. While I was asleep he pooped in his cage which is located in my room. He has just gotten this cage and he thinks he could poop in it. In his old cage he only peed a couple times. I'm thinking that his cage might be too big, but it doesn't look like it. I really need help on keeping this new puppy. We have had him since he was 13 weeks old. My mom is already getting tired of him pooping and peeing in his cage. I'm doing a lot of research and taking notes to keep this dog. I'm 13 yrs old. Also my dog was a stray before, if that has to do with anything.
By Sierra D.
Your dog may have a medical problem as his behavior has changed. The new cage may or may not have much to do with his new behavior. Please take him to your vet and ask for help. Be sure to explain he was a stray and describe his prior and current urinating and defecating problem. Your dog may need medication for a medical condition resulting in his new behavior.
I have 2 Newfoundland puppies that are 11 weeks old. They are brother and sister. I have a large crate which I divided into 2 sections. I put the puppies in the same side so that they are together. I feed them supper at 5:00pm and take them out until 5:30pm. They always poop and pee for me. The I take them out again at 7:30pm and 10:30pm. Sometime between 12:00am and 2:00am they are pooping in their crate and we get woken up by the smell. I have been trying everything, please help.
I have a Bluetick Beagle, that is about 4-5 months old. I've had her since she was weaned and have been trying to get her in the groove of using the bathroom outside since then. Recently, I decided to try crate training. I only put her in the crate at night or if I'm cleaning. The crate it only big enough for her to turn around and lay down. The past 2 nights she has pooped in the crate and then laid on it smashing it. She usually would hold it, but now she poops in the crate even if she's only in it for a short amount of time. What tehnique should I try now? Or how should I change what I'm already doing? Also, how do I get the dog smell out of carpet? Thanks.
My daughter's Boston is 10 months old and crate trained. He has done really well for months, not going to the bathroom in the crate. This past week he has both urinated and defecated in the crate every day while she is gone at work. They have had a change in routine at home and it started right after her husband started working days. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get him to stop going in the crate?
Try increasing the size of the crate - a small one is very frightening for the dog - she needs room to spread out . Try taking her for a walk before crating her so she can go to the toilet first - by using a big crate she can have newspaper down and she can use that to go to the toilet on - she shouldn't be punished for going to the toilet in the crate either as this maybe part of the reason she fears the crate.
My wee dog has got a pen that's more than one metre square - as I believe the dogs comfort must come first - always put yourself in their position and think how you would feel . As she gets more comfortable with her sleeping area the less she will toilet in it - but always give her the time to go to the toilet outside a few minutes before you put her in there. put toys & bedding in the bigger crate as well.
My five month old Pit Bull is pooping in his cage. I take him outside when I get home from work and after dinner. He runs off finds a good spot and uses the bathroom. When we go back inside he goes back in his cage and as soon as I leave the room he poops again. I don't have time to clean his cage out everyday so he piles the poop in the front of his cage. He also started peeping in his water bowl. I don't know what to do.
By C. Gardner
Try taking the poop from the cage and putting it in the area of the garden where you want him to do it - leave it there until he's trained - remember 5 months isn't that old - try giving him a larger cage - also he made need to be left out of the cage for longer to get some more companionship - maybe he feels stressed being in the cage too much. Also by not cleaning the poop from his cage is giving him the message that it's ok to do it there.
Never punish him as stress can have a lasting negative affect. Cuddles a plenty!
When I put my dog (who is a 12 week old lab) in his cage for the night he continues to poop and pee in the cage. He does this even thought I let him out before bedtime. When I wake up in the morning to take him outside he is laying in it. My cage is huge you would think he would lay on the other side of the cage, but no.
By Anthony from San Antonio
My husband raises/trains coonhounds. At times, there will be one that will pee and poo in their sleeping house in the kennel. He will put their food and water bowls there in the house(for your uses, the crate). They usually get the idea to not use the bathroom when that is the only place they can get food and water.
It could also be that your crate is too big for the puppy. He should only have enough room to lay down. To avoid having to buy another crate, see if you can get some plastic canvas or anything else to make a temp divider until he is big enough to fill up the whole crate. If they have enough room, they will use the bathroom in one end, and sleep on the other.
Maybe you should get up and take him out a couple of times at night. He is still just a baby.
I have a 3 month old Husky/Shepherd mix. She is a very sweet docile dog, but she does not like us to leave her. She will sleep in her crate at night, but if I leave her for even 15 minutes in the crate during the day, she poops in it. She doesn't care if it has poop in it either, she walks all over it. It's quite a mess and the entire process has been quite stressful, because I can not even go to the store. I have tried to put her in the crate to get used to it while we were home, but she will cry. Help!
By Berry from CA
When animals, including us humans will feel the need to empty the bowels when stressed. Train the dog to remain in the crate with the door open. When you leave the animal feels trapped.With the door open it removes that fear.
How about a wind up clock which makes a ticking noise? Also a stuffed toy, nothing the dog can chew off and swallow though. Maybe the puppy is just lonesome and misses his family. When you are around at night he know you are there so no problem. We used the clock and stuffed toy when our dog was little. The vet said the ticking reminded the dog of her mother's heart beat, and the toy just became a litter mate for her. Good luck.
I have a 13 week old Rott. She is overall pretty good. She sleeps in her crate at night without having any accidents. If she has to go out during the night she whines to wake me up. 3 times a week I have to take my four year old son to preschool, I am gone no longer than ten minutes. I make sure she eats around 7am and take her out frequently during the morning and then right before I leave I make sure she poops. I leave at 11:50am and am home by 12pm. Every time I come home she has pooped in her crate, then plays in it and it is all over her, the crate, and sometimes even outside the crate. I feel like I have tried everything and do not know what to do. I have had 2 other Rottie pups in the past and they never did this. Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated!. Thanks!
We have got a 9 week old puppy (Boxer) she is really good throughout the day and we have had very few accidents. But when it comes to bedtime and we put her in her cage (large) which we have split half bedding and half newspaper she winds her self up and poos on the newspaper, but with her being wound up she flicks the paper and then we have poo everywhere every morning. As we are trying to teach her that her cage is her retreat if she wants to get out of the way of kids, etc. and we know that she is really young. We are just asking to see if this will hopefully sort itself out.
By Chris D
I have a 13 week old pup. I have had her 2weeks, she still wees and poos in her cage. I get up every 3 hours in the night to let her out, she does do her business outside, but when I get up around 7am she has messed in her cage. I don't feed her after 5pm and drink bowls are taken up at 7pm. Please advise what to do. She also can be outside for a while then comes and wees indoors.
I have a 10 month old Miniature Pinscher and I can't get her to stop pooping in her crate. She can go all night without pooping or peeing in her crate, but if she is left during the day regardless of the amount of time, she poops. I have confined her crate to an area just big enough for her to lay down and that hasn't worked. She will just lay and roll around in it.
She gets fed between 6-7pm each night. She has plenty of time outside to go to the bathroom. She does not go in the house, only in her crate. I have a 10 month Miniature Australian Shepherd and she does not go in her crate at all. I don't know what else to do. I give her plenty of time outside and lots of exercise. Any advice would be appreciated.
By Stacie from Collinsville, OK