Hi, I'm Scott - a first timer to the site and to puppy ownership. I am having the same sort of problem, puppy trampling in poop and pee, and spreading it. Everyone seems to offer different things to poop on (paper, puppy pads...whatever). That's not the problem.
The issue is partly where it is pooping, it is in a cage so if it is going to poop while in the cage, the poop remains in close proximity. The problem is, the puppy will not avoid the poop. It does not matter what pad you use, it will still be smeared all over. Puppy pads are intended to attract the dog to consistantly eliminate in the same place, a moot point if it is eliminating in the crate.
I am told scolding is counter productive also, as the puppy will interpret this to mean it must not eliminate where you can see it.
I am trying to figure out how to get the dog to be somewhat repulsed by its own excrement. I think this is key. But how???
Don't forget puppies' sphincter muscles aren't developed till they're 4 months (16 weeks) old. Until then it's pretty much all about prevention. If the puppy pottys in ther crate sooner than 2 hours, take it out before 2 hours is up. tying the puppy to a leash around your waist might work well too. that worked well for me with a pup who did that.It makes it easier to watch for the clues, and lays the groundwork for understanding where you want it to go.
I'm in the same boat. I have a miniature dachshund puppy. She is almost 9 1/2 weeks old. She has started pottying in her crate, peeing and pooping. She practically lays in it, when she's done. And when it's raining she will not go outside. During the day I let her out right before I go to work and come home 3 hours later and then again 3 hours later and of course when I get home from work. This is happening more than once a day. I have a puppy pad in one counter the the crate and her toys on the other side. Sometimes she tears the pad up and wont use it and other times she is fine and will. Please help I would be willing to try anyones advice
Well my dog used to potty in the crate until we trained her. If she has room to turn around in the crate then it is to big. The vet told us that they should have enough room to lay down and stand up and that's it! Any more then that then it's to big. So i suggest getting a smaller one! Also try to put a toy or some treats in there!!! Hope this helps!!!