This puppy is going to be the death of me!lol! We have a 11 week old lab. We have had since 6 weeks..I know early..We have been crate training him for the entire time. He only went in his crate when he was very young. We took him to puppy preschool on Sunday. It is a positive reinforcement school. So he had alot of treats. The next day while at work, he pooped everywhere in his cage. He was so upset when we came home. No this morning I hear him whining to get out. I come down right away, I have to get up for work anyway. and he pooped everywhere again. He never whined all night to go out. He is in a small crate.I am ready to pull my hair out now he is pooping inhis crate. HELP!!
When are you feeding him? Are you leaving food for him all the time? Sometimes that can be an issue, especially witha young pup. They eat, and a few minutes later, out it comes. If you aren't already doing so, try feeding him at set times, a few times a day. About 10-15 minutes after he is done eating (you will have to watch him to get a feel for better timing) take him out to potty. As you already know, most dogs wont WANT to mess their crate, so it could be he doesn't have a choice and hasn't figured out how to communicate his need to go to you yet. Others might have some other/better suggestions, but this was the first that came to my mind. Good luck!
You should also look into the food that you are giving. I eliminated wet foods cause of this when my dog was a puppy. You must figure this out because of the possible of your pup getting sick. No food late at night especially some of this treats that are around.
Just a thought, I noticed you mentioned you "come down right away" so I'm thinking if your sleeping arrangements are on different floors you might not have heard him whining (however briefly, until his "urgent need" passed), if you were sound asleep upstairs. That wouldn't be good because you'd be "teaching" him that he'll be ignored anyway if he has to go while crated. Is there anyway you could move his crate into your bedroom?
Also, are his stools normal or are they runny? It sounds like he's going an awful lot within a fairly short period of time & he might have a tummy/digestive tract upset.
Good luck & hang in there. While it doesn't seem like it now, "puppyhood" will fly by in the blink of an eye & this too shall pass.
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We did have a good night last night. we do sleep on seperate floors. I unfortunatly am one of those people that hear everything while sleeping. I am pretty confident I didn't sleep through his whining. I am going to blame this one on my husband. I found out he has been adding things to his dog food to try and get him to eat. He added beef broth to his food the night before last. I told him plain dry dog food and nothing more..lol men!!Hopefully he will be better. I know for his next training class I am not using the treats I used. I think it was too rich for is belly. They was us to use soft treats. Any suggestions of something not rich. Someone in class uses little hot dog pieces. Any one have any thoughts.
I have a lab mix puppy with a damaged digestive system. He just cannot handle regular treats, so we tell people right off not to give them to him because he will get sick. He never goes in his crate either, unless his belly is very upset. Your pup sounds like its just getting too much of a mix of foods for its belly. I'd suggest cutting out all variety and ONLY giving straight food until the puppy is older. With the class, take some of your dog food and use or maybe see if you can find some very bland treats- saltines or toast work with our bub :)
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my chihuahua (Crystal) has had this problem in the past I found one of two things was wrong with the way I was training her.
One..the crate I was training her in was too big for her
you need to get a crate big enough to have them sit, stand, and tirn around in. they should not have a crate big for them to have a pet bed in and still be able to walk around in the crate. so pretty much get a crate big enough only for there bed.
Two...I needed to start her on a scedualed feeding and water redgemin ((SP?)).
so what you need to do is feed your dog in the morning, see how long it takes for him/her to go poo, keep observing and use this to your advantage. see how many hours it takes for this to take place. so like if it takes 4 hours for them to poo, then feed them and water them about 5 hours before bed so you can take them out before they go into the crate. so that way they won't poo in the crate.
good luck with the training..
and if you need anymore help on this don't hessitate to PM me.