Our 9wk great danegolden retriever cross is peeing in her crate during the day. She will go 8-9hours at night, crated without having to go out. During the day she is left 2.5hours, and than let out. We have a dog walker come in 2x a day. Her crate is small enough (just enough room to turn around), she gets no water in the crate, she is on a feeding schedule. Everything I have read says she should be able to go 3hours. Sometimes, she will even go after an hour in there. And she doesnt mind, she sleeps right on top of it. She has also pooped 3x in the crate. And kicks it around, lays in it, etc. Any advice?? Should we still keep crating her, or should we try keeping her locked in the hallway? And she has been tested for a bladder infection and shes clean.
I am really surprised she is going 8-9 hours at night without going. Maybe that is why she can't hold so long during the day. have you tried letting her out more frequently at night. My puppy is 5 months old and he still wakes up at least once in the middle of the night to go outside. He does hold it for 8 hours during the day. Maybe you should try reversing it. At 9 weeks, I think it is asking alot for her to hold it for more than 3 hours..Just my opinion..
Interesting dilema :) Honestly it would appear you are doing everything right. If she is sleeping all night and not soiling her crate I see no reason to wake her up to take her outside to go. The fact that she can't seem to go longer than at times an hour during the day is an odd thing. Two of my three were sleeping that long at night at that age and didn't need to be brought outside to eliminate. The middle dog had severe crate anxiety from day one. If she was in her crate for any period of time she would do the same as yours, but that included nights as well. We tried for 3 months to stick it out..it never got any better. I don't know what the situation is at your house..but since you have a dogwalker coming in twice a day I would assume there is no one home during the day? The only thing I can think would be separation anxiety. At night she is in her crate with her "people" home with her. During the day she is alone in her crate, and even though it is for short lengths of time it might be causing some separation anxiety still. Do some research on separation anxiety, she's still young and there are ways to fix this problem :)