I have an English Bulldog/Beagle mix who is 12 wks old. I got her when she was 9 wks old. She stays in her crate at night and during the day when I'm at work. She used to be pretty good about being able to hold her bladder through the night and during the day, but that's changing and gradually getting worse. This is just recent in the last week or so, because she used to be good the first couple of weeks about being in her crate and not going. Since she used to be able to hold it at night and during the day before, I know that she CAN hold her bladder. She likes sleeping in her crate and I even put her food in there when she eats because dogs aren't supposed to like to eat and sleep in their "bathroom". She seems to be getting used to being in her urine and I don't know how to change it. Help! Any suggestions?
A few hours like what...3,4,5? She's not in her crate for more than 6 hrs the most at one time. The vet gave us a pamphlet that said puppies can hold their bladders for 6-12 hrs. She goes in her crate after being in their for only 2 or 3 hrs. Does this vary from puppy to puppy even if it's just 2 or 3 hrs? I just wasn't sure if being in her crate too long was really the problem or if it is something else. I read that Bulldogs and Beagle are both very stubborn breeds. I thought there could be another technique?
"She goes in her crate after being in their for only 2 or 3 hrs. "
Then you should take her out every two or three hours. Until she is a little older and can gradually hold it for longer and longer.
I went through it with both my dogs at different times and each one was different. My boy could hold it for two hours longer than the girl when she was the same age. You just kind of have to go with what their little bladders are doing at the time. It's tough and it takes a lot of commitment but it's part of the deal.
and just so i don't leave anything out....have you taken her to the vet and had her checked for a urinary tract infection? (i'm still banking on it being age-related)
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I just took her to the vet maybe a little over a week ago, I didn't really think about it possibly being a health problem since they checked her over then. I wasn't aware either that some puppies couldn't hold it for longer than 2 or 3 hrs. I just thought it was weird because she was able to hold it before.
Thanks for the advice though. I've never raised a puppy before and I did research into it before we got her. But there is so much different info out there that says one thing completely different from another. It's helpful to actually talk someone.
A good rule of thumb is, a pup can "hold it" for however months old he is plus one. So a 3 month old pup, on average, can only hold it for 4 hours. So if she is crated for 5-6 hours, that is really pushing it.
Can you come home at lunch to let her out and get some exercise? Can you get a friend or neighbor to stop in once or twice a day while you're at work? It's not fair to the puppy to expect her to hold it all day.
Keep in mind as well that there is a muscle that controls the bladder flow. The muscle i not fully developed until 16 weeks old. Until then, they will likely need to go out every 2 hours, and will have accidents as they dont have full control yet. Housetraining takes alot of time and patience, the puppy will be much older before he 'gets it' completely. A 12 week old pup is too young to be expected to be housebroke, crate broke and hold themselves all day and night. Patience is the key. Good luck.
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