My friend just got a puppy - she's 9 weeks old and she's trying to crate train her but the little girl is pee'ing and pooping IN the crate. Any ideas why? the crate isn't too big for her. she keeps her in the crate for 3 hours at a time. can you think of any reason why she is going in the crate? she's had the pup 1 week.
Where'd they get the puppy from? Dogs that come from pet stores, from breeders that keep them crated all the time, etc have had the 'denning instinct' burnt out of htem by keeping them in fall confined places and forcing them to soil the den. This makes them very hard to crate train, in fact it makes them hard to housetrain in general.
The kennel must only have enugh room for the puppy to stand up and turn but not actually walk around in if your friend wants to train it to stop pooping in it. Block off the back. It is not cruel and puppies acutally feel more secure being in tighter quarters, remember they are den animals.
Also, pet store dogs will tend to poop and pee in their crates due to being able to do so in the store. Try making the kennel even smaller by blocking it off and see if that helps. 3 hours is a bit long for 9 weeks but mine never had problems with that amount of time so just keep trying.
Puppies digestive system is very primitive at that age. They're pretty much going to go 15 mins or so after eating. Maybe the crate is too big. The crate you use should be the crate that the dog uses as an adult. Sometimes the pup will soil because its big enough for him to soil away from his denning area. You could try placing a box in the back of the crate to make his denning area smaller.
I got my lab at 8 weeks old. He only woke me up twice the first night. Two days later when I went to work he hled it from 8am to 12:30 pm when I came home for lunch and then from 1pm til about 5 pm when I got home. He's never had an accident. So it can be done but he needs ample time to out immediately after eating.
***Edited By: labguy on 12/30/2006 8:00:26 PM*** Reason: ***