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Puppy is Pooping in Cage

My Staffy poops in her cage. My puppy is 15 weeks old and is being trained via a cage. The cage is a large one and I'm wondering if it's too big. She was doing really well pooping and peeing outside. But then, last week she had her injection (because previous owners hadn't vaccinated her) and her vet check. We were told she was slightly thin. We upped her food and since then she has gone backwards and she's pooping in her cage now. Please help us as we are unsure of to what to do.

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Michelle from Bristol

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,

Does your cage have a divider? You need to only give the dog enough room to lay down in. Don't keep food in the crate, only water. If you give the dog too much room, they will use the free space to poop and pee in. But if you only give them room for themselves, they will not do any 'business' where they have to lay. Dogs hate laying in their 'business'.

Do this, and also make sure to take the puppy out every hour and after feeding time -when they are in the crate and out- and begin to increase it as he/she gets older.

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

Sorry, I would love to get hold of the idiot who started this dog-in-cage nonsense.  The only thing a cage is good for is being covered with a blanket and taking the door off so a dog can come and go in a "hidey" plce -like a den.  The dog is likely in the cage for far too long, and is in despair or protesting.  My dog will do this if her food is changed, and she does not find it suitable.Be a good owner, and ditch the cage, please.....

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful

You probably upped her food too much, too soon. It should have been done gradually to get her stomach used to having the larger amount in it.

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December 20, 20080 found this helpful

Why have you got your dog in a cage? She looks very unhappy.

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Anonymous
December 20, 20080 found this helpful

Please don't worry about the kennel for training your fifteen week old puppy as long as she isn't kenneled for long periods of time and the advice of not feeding in the kennel is definitely correct!

Puppies need to be toilet trained just like human children do! I would no more leave a human baby running around without diapers after a meal than I would leave a puppy running around after a meal! It's no more cruel to kennel train a puppy than it is to have a child in a diaper until they've learned how to poddy in a proper place!

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Lot's of praise to your pup when she does poddy outside and no punishment if she has a boo boo :-) Oh, and the the advice of the smaller or divided kennel size is good, too! Your little one will learn how to 'hold it' and ask to go out in no time at all :-)

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

I don't like cages for dogs. So many irresponsible owners leave them in the cage far too long.
Where ever your dog gets used to going to the bathroom will become his "toilet," so take him to an area outdoors where you want him to go, and be sure to take him to the same place each time. They usually go shortly after they eat when they are young. Soon your dog will automaticall go there when he wants to go to the bathroom.

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My vet told me once that a dog will not go to the bathroom where he sleeps so I confined my dog to a small area and that was the end of pooping in the house.

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

When potty training a puppy, they usually put the puppy in a small cage that is like a carrying cage just big enough for sleeping and them take them out each our to see if they will poop and pee and praise them. After some play time they go back in the cage...usually doesn't take long because they will not want to go on the bed. The cage that you have the pup in is way to big because it has room to play, sleep and poop. If you are using the cage for training...it is too big. If you are not it is too small:)

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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August 4, 20090 found this helpful

Well I'm new. LOL. I should learn to read dates on the posts before posting. lmao

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

1. He's probably being left in the cage too long.
2. At the age that he's at, he should be getting fed twice a day.

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