As most of you know, a few weeks ago I purchased a miniature dachshund puppy. She is not almost 10 weeks old. She has started pottying in her crate, peeing and pooping. I have a divider in the crate, where she barely has room to lay down, and turn around. She practically lays in it, when she's done. The thing is, I let her out every 2 hours on the dot to potty, even during the night when i'm sleeping I set the alarm. Last I heard, dogs were den animals and never EVER potty where they sleep. This is happening more than once a day. I feed her at 9am.. 3pm.. and 7pm.. a half a cup each time, and sometimes she doesn't even eat it all. Any advice would be appreciated.
Potty training isent just about learning to go outisde, its about learning control and learning what potty even is. Some do better then others. How much water are you giving?
Is she pottying outside and are you doing puppy parties when she does? She may need to be motivated to go out. Some dogs don't care and some dogs are dirty. However, shes only ten weeks and that is *not* any type of time frame to decide if she is hopeless or not.
Cleaning crates sucks. I don't start training puppies to the crate until 3 months. They don't have control for it earlier. Before that I set up a pen with paper on one side and a bed on the other to teach them cleanlyness and paper training. I then start to move them to the crate around 3 months when I see they are keeping their bed clean and using the other area to potty.
Thanks for you responses.. and no, I could never get rid of her. She's already part of my tiny family. (Me, my shihtzu/toy poodle mix and her. haha) but it really is so frustrating to have to clean a cage every 2 hours, because she poops or pees and tracks it -everywhere-. I tried your theory of a puppy pad and then bedding. I have a large size kennel, the black wire looking ones, ya know? I put a puppy pad down on one side, and a towel on the other.. she still tracked it everywhere. She did really really good the first couple of days I had her. She would come out, go to her puppy pad.. do her business, then go back to her kennel on her own. I don't know what's going on with her. I really have to find a solution fast, she's really ruining the house towels.
When you take her out to potty, is she doing a full potty before you bring her back in?
If not, then you might have bring her back out again about 15 minutes after the last try & see if she will go then. If not, then repeat until she gets it.
I used to keep Beau out for about 10 minutes, standing in 1 spot & if he didn't go poop after the 10 minutes (cause he would always pee) then I would crate him & bring him back out about 15 minutes later. Rainy weather was the worst.
Beau used to pee in his crate also... then I took out the little bed or blanket that he used to have & it did help a lot & I didn't give any water after his last feeding, or just a little after a walk or play time.
Hope it works out sooner rather than later for you & your baby... I know what you are going through & I must say that it did work out for Beau & I.
What sort of job do you have where you are able to take her out every two hours but not able to keep her out and watch her behavior? In my experience, puppies should be allowed out as much as possible, and you can tell when they need to go out before they actually do. I know you know this, as a seasoned pet owner, but I've had many jobs in my life, and not one of them let me go home every two hours, "on the dot", no matter what the circumstance. Please let me know, so I know what to apply for! :)
If it's not your job keeping you away from the puppy, maybe you need to give up a few of your spare hours to housetraining your dog without the aid of a crate. Dogs try not to potty where they sleep, unless they have no choice. If they have no choice, they will go, period. Some dogs have smaller bladders than others. A mini-dachshund doesn't have much room to work with.
First off, to the not so pleasant responder. I've trained many dogs in my 21 years. I even CRATE trained my mothers 2 schnauzers with no problem. From my experience, this is the best way to train a puppy. and the more seasoned veterans of this site will agree with me. :D As for the seconds, I do home healthcare 5 hours a day, everyday. I have one client, and I pick my hours to be with her. Not only that, but she lives right down the road from me. So, if I need to walk a block, to let my dog out in the middle of my shift, I am allowed to do so. :D I'm glad you're so concerned, but quite frankly.. that wasn't my question. My question was how do I stop a puppy from pottying in it's crate, because i've never had a dog do this before. :D
Also, in my researching and life growing up with dogs.. i've learned that a puppy is not allowed free roam of the house until it is trained properly, even if this takes a year. Another point that the more intelligent posters on this side will agree to. :D So, unless you know what you're speaking of, keep the blabbing to a dull roar.
Halo, I went MIA for some months, where did the puppy come from? If it was from a breeder that wasn't overtly spic and span, the pup may not overly care about aying in waste or not..
Or some pups just don't have the same denning instinct that most dogs should have. If there is anything absorbant in the crate, I would remove it.. (if you haven't already) Even a puppy pad trying to teach a place ot potty and a place not too.
In teaching my dog, who did come from a petstore, and did have a denning problem initially, when anything absorbed pee in her crate, it made it perfectly fine to still lay in her crate.
***Edited By: MafiaPrincess on 5/19/2006 1:32:03 AM*** Reason: late night posting.. Can't spell may have missed stuff the OP already said..
She was from a breeder, and a very clean one at that. I was able to visit the puppy frequently, whenever I wanted.. even able to show up unannounced if I was in town. The breeding conditions, puppies and parents were exceptional. :)
Hello! She doesn't have loose stools, does she? My husband recently brought home a new puppy (one to call his own since I have all my doxies!) and the puppy started pooping in the crate at night. Mornings were a nightmare! His crate is large but he would lay in it and his crate was covered in it! Every morning we would have to wash the crate and the puppy. It was very frustrating. Because he had trampled all through it, I could not really determine the consistency of his stool. I have 2 week old puppies here so I was a bit worried and took a stool sample of his in and had it checked for everything. Turned out he had coccidia. 3 days later with being on meds things are 100% better. No more messy crates in the morning! My pom on the other hand who had a clean stool check pottied in her crate every single night and would lay in it. This went on for about 6 weeks. She finally stopped. Some puppies just don't care about getting soiled!
Nope. Both of my dogs were tested for coccidia and giardia (sp?) a few days after I got my mini. Both tested negative, and she fattened up -real- quick. haha. No, her poo is normal, firm.. like it's supposed to be. By the time she's done stomping all over it and the likes, it's spread everywhere. I really don't know what to do about it. I tried taking the towel out, but she went potty anyways. Just made a BIGGER mess. I've never had a dog do this.
Thats got to suck. How about getting a smaller inclosed airline crate so the puppy may feel more in a den then with the wire cage? Dont put anything in it with the puppy and if it messes in it you can take the pupppy and rinse off in the tub and take the crate outside and spray out with a garden hose. Beats messing up towels and buying puppy pads. If its nice out side I leave Nap in his puppy proof yard for a few hours when I go off.If they get used to going inside the crate its going to be a pain to break out of that habit. Unless you live where he might can be stole. Nap was house broke in about 3 days. No accidents since. I leave him in the crate from about 10:30 untill 7:30 and he's fine. Actully he goes to bed him self at that time and I have to pull him out the crate to go potty. He's a late riser!LOL!
Okay here is what you should do although you have done some of it already. Make sure the divider is secure, right before you put her to sleep take her outside. I suggest a fenced in pen, as that really helped train my puppy to go outside. Watch her do her business even if it is from the window. NO DRINKING BEFORE BEDTIME. The puppy shouldn't be in the crate a lot, just fence it off to one floor and only put it to sleep in the crate once a day and for bedtime. Walk it and let it burn a lot of energy so it will conk out before it even has time to poop in its own den. I hope i helped and good luck !!
Sometimes its just easier to offer a larger area penned off and start paper training first, But still takeing the puppy out every so many hours for potty breaks. Long enough so the puppy does get a chance to go outside and get rewarded big time. If you offer a penned area, have an area for sleeping and the rest papered. Not every puppy gets the crate thing. Keep in mind that Dens don't have doors that lock. So the puppies when crated don't have a choice to move to another area to eliminate. What kind of system did the breeder have for the puppies to eliminate? Did she have say a doggie door or did she take them out all the time?
Isn't this section for anything NOT involving dogs? Not trying to start anything but this should be in the dog section.
Potty training takes time and patience. Some take to it easy and others don't. I have found myself that smaller dogs seem to be a bit harder. Puppy pads might help as someone else mentioned. It should help reduce accidents.