About 1 month ago my family purchased a female Bullmastiff. She is currently 15 weeks old. My husband and I both work and only have children on the weekends. She is in her crate at night and during the day while we work. She does not make mistakes in her crate at night but durning the day she makes MANY!! I tried going home at luch and letting her out, there usually wasn't any mistakes when I got there but when we got home at night it was a mess! so I tried going later in the day and there would be messes both times! So I now do not go home at lunch and just clean up the poop and pee when I get home after work. We have also tried putting the divider in the crate to make it smaller and she was still going she would just lay in and on it. Please help she is wonderful other than this problem! Thank you!
Sounds like you may want to adjust her feeding schedule, so you are around when it is time to poop. Maybe a small feeding in the morning and sufficient time outside afterwards (maybe in a puppy pen while you are getting ready to leave-?), then a larger feeding and a walk after you get home from work? Since you are not there to know what time she needs to poop, you'll have to experiment and see what works. The multiple piles make me suspect there may be some GI upset. have you changed her food recently? Is the stool loose?
When we got her she was on Iams and had loose stool so we slowly switched her to Nutro which I am finding out isn't that great so I am going to slowly switch her on either Innova or Chicken soup and see if that helps any. Her stoll is iffy sometimes it's loose and sometimes it's not.
She is in her crate at night and during the day while we work.
Why have a dog if you have to crate it all day and all night.
If you keep changing the food, yes you will get the runs. Any loose stools should be checked out by the vets to rule out anything serious. Especially if she is sitting in it most of the day/night.
I tried going home at luch and letting her out,
When you get home to let her out for her business, do you walk around with her to make sure she does it? Sometimes dogs are just please to see you when you get home and forget the daily business. If so, stay out there a little longer and she might do another one for measure.
I'd bet the diet changes are to blame. Just be patient with her until you get her used to the brand of food you settle on. Keep putting down lots of newspaper and you may want to take the divider back out. If she can't help pooping due to an upset stomach, there's no point in making her sit in it, and in the long run, it will be counterproductive because she will become desensitized to the unpleasantness. It's tough to come home from work to that, I'm sure, but soon she will get it right, and you'll have many happy years with her as your reward. Good Luck!
I have owned and rescued Bullmastiffs for many years and never had a problem with crate or house training one until recently. I have two litter sisters that are a year old. From the time they started on solid food one of them has had a problem with soiling her crate and loose stools and frequent peeing. After trips to the vet and various tests it was decided the problem might be food related. She was placed on Royal Canin for digestive health and there was some improvement but she still had some problems and she wasn't growing and maturing the same as her sister. There are ingredients in the RC that I didn't like and it is awfully expensive. I put her on Canine Caviar Chicken and Pearl Millet. Now she has firm stools no peeing or pooping in the crate and she has caught up to her sister in weight and her coat looks great. The Canine Caviar isn't cheap,but it is half the price of the RC and she is doing fine on a total of 4 eight oz cups a day.
The puppy should be let out every HOUR since she's only 15 weeks old! She can't be expected to hold it till you get home for luch and then again when you get home for the evening.Puppies' sphincter muscles aren't developed till they're 4 months old.
Duh.....I'm an idiot! 15 weeks is only a week from being 4 months old!! Still,you should let her out more often.:)
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 2/28/2009 9:35:36 PM*** Reason: Add my correction-last part.