Help. I have a 13 week puppy that I've been trying to housebreak for 3 weeks. She poops and pees in her crate. I stay at home with her during the day and can usually prevent this by taking her out at night. Her crate is adjusted to the right size. It does not have extra room in it for her to walk around. I do not put newspapers in it. I usually let her out at 12:30 a.m. and she always pees and sometimes will poop. However, when we get up at 6:00 a.m she has frequently pooped in crate. She doesn't bark or anything, she just does it. My trainer says that she will eventually stop doing this. However, it's a horrible thing to have to clean up poop and bathe your dog at 6:00 a.m. each morning. The trainer does not think that I should reprimand her (saying No) or put her nose in it. Especially, since I did not catch her in the act. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am exhausted and tired on the stench of a dog coated in poop. PLEASE RESPOND with any advice that's worked for you. Thanks.
WHoops, I just realized I made an error on my last topic. What I meant to say is that I am with the dog during the day and can usually avoid her pooping and peeing in the crate by taking her out a lot. However at night, she poops in her crate. I take her out at 12:30 a.m. and by 6:00 a.m. she's pooped in her crate. No barking, just poops. Please offer advice.
you can also put her on the paper or go outside with tell she goes.. she 13 weeks you should try take her out about 430 5 am that when she goes becasue 13 weeks about 4 months plus 1 is 5 hours max she would hold it...
or you can just make her crate bigger so she can havea spot to pee an poo then..
my bunny jus wanted ore room he would poop in the crate to gt more room. then when i gave him more room he stop...
This puppy is only 13 weeks old. I would suggest that the puppy get it's last meal of the day no later than 6:00 at night. As a previous poster said, no food in their system at that hour, no poop!
Do NOT rub the puppies nose in it. It always amazes me that people think this will "teach" the puppy something. We don't potty train children that way, why would you potty train a dog that way. Your trainer is correct, no correction if you haven't caught the puppy in the act, if you do, simply grab the puppy (no yelling or screaming), take the puppy outside to finish his business then praise the puppy for going outside!
Puppies are a lot of work. Remember the puppy is only 13 weeks old!
I am one who does use a bigger crate because I find that the mess isn't as bad. In a bigger crate they have room to go potty and then to lay on their bed. Then the crate needs cleaned but at least I wasn't stuck washing a puppy every morning. Yes, they do eventually outgrow it. I know most recommend the small crate method saying a dog "won't go to the bathroom where he sleeps". What a load of crap. I'd like to know where that one started. Poop means nothing to puppies. They will run thru it, lay in it, etc.. as if it's invisible. Sure for an adult, but not puppies.
Is it possible this puppy is from a pet store or somewhere, where it was kept in a cage? Its quite possible that if the puppy is from a pet store it has learned that its normal to go in a small cage. It may not necessarily stop doing it. You need to make some decisions. First, you may need to loose the crate, maybe tie her to you when your in the house so she doesn't wander the house and maybe go somewhere, or use a pen to keep her in and start useing the paper method. If you want we can talk about that (lots of typing) When you want her to go outside, use a lead, to lead her to where you want to go, if she doesn't go, you must keep her with you so she doesn't go in the house and keep takeing her outside till she eventually goes and then you can lay on the praise and treats. And then after the puppy does their biusiness, take off the lead and do a little play time as an incentive to go faster next time. Give this all time, house training is something that could take up to 6-8 weeks to master.