She used to let me know when she had to go pee, but she is not doing it anymore. WHile in the crate, she sleeps in my room and she used to wake me up in the middle of the night to go pee, but know she is quiet all night and when I get up in the morning, she has peed in the crate.
What can I do? I am thinking about setting my alarm clock every 2 hours to get up and take her out.
The alarm clock is a good idea. Perhaps her crate is too big, or maybe she has a urinary tract infection, or a bladder problem. It seems weird that she was doing fine, and now she's not. I would get her checked, and if there's nothing wrong, take her water away at 7 or 8, take her out to the bathroom, a couple of times before bed, and then set the alarm for 2. If you regularly get up at 6 or so, she should be able to hold it.Good luck with her.
I think the crate is maybe deeper than what she needs. It's tall enough for her to stand, but sometimes she goes to the back of the crate and I have to lean down to see her. So maybe the problem is the crate been too deep.
I try not to give her water after around 6pm, but I don't know if my wife does the same. She might be giving her water after she takes her out. The other night she drank too much water and she was peeing a lot. My wife took her out and she peed a little but was more interested in playing. After my wife brought her back in, she peed 3 times on the floor and I got upset. I think Nala knew this, so when my wife took her out again she peed 5 times and didn't play at all. Then my wife brought her back in and Nala licked my face and put her head on my shoulder. My wife says that she was apologizing for peeing on the floor.
I will set the alarm at 2am starting tonight, take her out and hopefully she won't have beat me to it by then. I'm tired of having to bather her every morning because she smells like urine.
She's a 2 month and a half Beagle. I have some pics of her, but I haven't uploaded them yet.
I took her out to pee and poo after she had sinner, then an hour or 2 later, and then at around 11pm. I set my alarm at 2am, but she was asleep. I checkd her crate and she hadn't peed in it, so I let her sleep.
At 5am I got up and checked on her. Still sleeping, no pee. I woke up at 6am, took her out and she peed and pooped. After that I fed her breakfast and gave her water.
At around 6:45 I took her out again and she peed.
I think it was a good night. I will continue to take her out several times at night before she goes to sleep. Hopefully she can hold it in all night long. This will be a good thing since I will get fit from walking up and down the stairs in my building.
I think you've got it down now. Just make sure she doesn't get any water or food after 7 at the latest. Bear in mind that she is only 10 weeks old, and puppies have accidents frequently. The fact that you are getting up in the night is great, and the later you put her to bed, and the earlier you get up will probably work quite nicely. I'd give it another month at least before you get her up at night, maybe 6 weeks. Good luck with her, I'm sure she's well on her way to being crate trained.
Since dogs are den animals, you probably have a crate too big. Because if the crate is big enough then she'll "do her buisness" in 1 spot and sleep in another. So you might want to get a little smaller one.
The crate is not really that big, but she pees in the back of the crate and then goes back to sleep. But when she lies down, she gets wet on her urine.
Me and my wife are going to switch methods. We live in an apartment, and there are times we have to go out and leave Nala. We have picked the laundry room to be her area. We have a gate/fence that we will use whenever she is in there and we will put newspapers on the floor for when she has to go.
It really sounds like you did a fine job with the waking up and checking on her.. I know it's a pain to keep waking up like that, but I think if you do it for a while, the problem will go away. She will be able to hold it longer pretty soon, too. She's still a baby.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Puppies can loose a bit of bladder and bowel control when going through growth spurts. I'm guessing she's in the process of shooting up?
I don't recommend restricting water like you're doing. A puppy that age shouldn't be asked to go 12 hours without water. You can actually cause a heart murmur in a small puppy by dehydrating them. Obviously water restriction isn't making her NOT pee in her crate. She should be allowed access to small amounts of water right up to bedtime - and honestly, I leave my puppies enough water for a couple of drinks in their crates at night - and I have no problems with crate training.
By small amounts I mean 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of a dish. That way she can't gulp for the sake of drinking, but she can at least sip as she feels necessary. I'm assuming you're not restricting her activity from 6 PM on? Correct? So she's playing, and can't get a drink of water? That's not a good idea.
She's a baby. Accidents will happen. You're doing the right thing taking her out. At 10 weeks old, she's not going to be even close to perfect.
So we switched methods. We leave her in the laundry room when we are not home or when she sleeps. We are using newspapers, but a couple of plastic carpets my wife bought. Nala shreds newspapers to pieces, so we had to get the carpets. She has been peeing on the carpets, and that makes me very happy. Every now and then she misses the carpet, but that is fine. She has to work on aiming on the carpet when pooping, but she is getting there.
I noticed that she drinks a lot of water. She plays and runs a lot and it worries me that her pee is not clear. I told my wife that I will give her more water, even though that means I will have to clean more. By the way, what is the name of that cleaning product, Nature something, that eliminates all odors?
Thanks for all the feedback so far. You are great.