Okay yesterday I assumed the accident in the crate was because of the bumpy road and fear of riding in the crate in the car. Today they have peed once again in the crate. There was NO barking or vocalization to warn me they wanted out so I am SUPER confused and frustrated. My daughter has the stomach flu today and has been throwing up so I am mentally/physically exhausted and trying to understand WHY. And what can I DO? They are still going out every two hours. That is Not a long period to hold it. Sems to me that the frequency of urrination has gotten worse since I've taken the cushion out. I am going to go get another divider for it tonight to make their space smaller because they may need a cozier space I guess. I am putting a picture on here of them in their crate and I welcome helpful opinions. Wish me luck.
In this second picture you can see Molly trying to reach under the divider to get a toy since they slide under there and never get back until I fiddle them back under. Could they be getting too much water? I have been re-filling their water dish during lunch after they've drank it because I don't want to run the risk of dehydration
Someone please eyeball our crate set up and tell me if the three have too much room. I need other people's opinions. I had to guess how big they all three would eventually be and this one was big but seemed appropriate! HELP please.
way to big. for potty training, for the crate to be effective it has to be just big enough for the dog. his bum almost or touching the back and it's head almost touching the front. the dog laying down should use most of the room. if a dog can pee or poop on one side of the crate and move to the other side. the crate will not work.
you need something like this. crating the dogs together during potty training is going to make extremely diffcult. and during this phase if the dogs keep repeating this, they will except it as the norm and lose thier instinct to be clean. if you poms do not chew, a cloth crate might work but you need a solid bottom. anything that can soak up the mess the dog will learn to go on that and push it aside.
I agree with Gunny! That crate is WAY too big.MOve your divider back farhter to make the crate smaller.If you think they will go potty less with the cushion put it back in there.I still think you ought to get 2 more crates.Only one dog is doing it I'm sure.Its probably "wild child"! LOL
Dont give up! They WILL get it!! Dont expect too much out of them..they are babies.
If I were you I wouldnt fill their water back up.My dogs only get 2 cups of water daily.So Im sure your giving too much water.
Im soory about your daughter.I hope you feel better too.I will say a prayer for ya.
Oh and the girls are so adorable!!Looking more like poms everyday.
Cat carriers are great.They are more like a "den" for the dog.Now as long as they arent pooping in the crate then a cat carrier would be great.Reason Im saying they are good if they dont poop is because they can be very hard to clean out.Trust me!! We had a yorkie/maltese puppy that pooped constantly in her crate and it was always runny!! EEEWWW I know.This was form bad breeding.Anyway her crate was a pet carrier and it was a huge PAIN to clean out.But if they dont poop they are great.
THANKS YOU ALL for replying. I've had a LONG day and I was quite frazzled and nobody was replying. I am considering buying three smaller plastic carriers for the bedroom and bringing the bigger crate out into the living room for them to use later once they can hold it but want to relax in their "own place". I'll have to save up though because I only babysit a few times a week for a relative for a pretty small fee to help them out so I can't afford three just yet. But let me get to the good stuff...I went to petsmart (the devil) and got another puppy kong to keep their mouths busy, and a three pack of bacon nylabones (their favorite) and got a good bathing scrub brush and a new conditioner for dry/itchy skin. Then a gal at petsmart told me Petco (the other devil) would have dividers sold seperately...so I drive there fifteen miles away and they look at me like I'm crazy! Ha! Long story short...The girls are nice and clean...I taped up a pece of cardboad as a make-shift divider in the crate to make it much smaller! Now they are all touching and have to lay on eachother for bed time. No open space for one to squat! And I feel better all around. I also used the RAKE tonight after they got out of the bath. SO much easier when they are clena and wet! Now they are twice as fluffy and look like little puppies again. I am pleased with myself. And Alexi's fever broke and she felt much better when she went to bed. (grandma watched her for me) Hannah, I guess if there is an upside to this it's that they could and probably should have pooped considering the space they had but NONE have and hopefully none will. Thanks again everyone.
Good news...I called petsmart and they are going to let me exchange our crate for the next smaller down. I looked at the paper work and it's emant for a full grown dog up to 40 lbs. Thses three will NEVER be big enough to fill it so we're getting the next size down and buying individual pet carriers also to crate them in. I'll put them in the big one during the day together and then at night and when I need quiet time I'll put them in their carriers.
Hannah I needed the extra divider because our crate is SO big it gives them too much space and if I move the one divider over anymore I can't open the door from the one side. Thanks for the encouragement and help Hannah. Gunny, you too. I appreciate it.
Target has small plastic crates for about $8.99. Some come with a free pad. I have the medium one for Merphy, but he pulled the pad up and now uses it to snuggle. Another thing about the plastic crate is that it is more enclosed, so it can also become a place where each dog feels secure. I leave the door open and Merphy goes in there just to get some time away.
I hope your daughter feels better soon. I know, I had the flu and bronchitis last Christmas and spent the entire day laying on my brothers, then my aunts floor. It was awful, and I'm sure much worse for her being young.
I will tell you what everyone still keeps telling me is DON'T GIVE UP!....It sounds like you're going through the same thing I am...potty training puppies and trying to maintain a household...I have two children and two puppies, and I am tired!....Hang in there...it will be worth it someday!
Okay so we went and dog smaller carriers BUT they weren't assembled and we couldn't see that the door to the crates were cheap plastic with crappy plastic latches that didn't open well. SO we went back promptly this morning and got three smaller versions of our life stages crate that was HUGE! Any ways they are so good in the smaller crates. No accidents yet and they didn't go in the other plastic one's either. This way also if one makes a mess I can put forth more effort towards the offender! And a plus is that all three wont have to be re-bathed. YES!!!!!! We had a wonderful X-mas. Family came over and the girls were allowed out for about 25 mintues to run around and ply in the paper and toy piles. They didn't try to chew any of her stuff so I think my nagging has sunk in that their only toys are the one's in the kitchen of in their crates! Bonus! I'll put a pic on here of the new set up. The sad thing is our closet is short in length to we look like a puppy mill!!! ha!
Michelle that is awesome!! Those are the eprfect sizes too! Great job shopping!!!! I had a wonderful z-mas too! I got about 6 presents and was so happy!! I dont eevr ask for muc hbecause i have Bear and Caesra so Im happy!! We had a great x-mas anyway!! The girls are so cute!! You better watch those boys they'll be coming to the front door asking if the girls want to go on a doggie date!! LOl