Hello everyone, I have a question. I have a 5 month old beagle and we keep him in his crate over night. The crate is only big enough for him to lay down and turn around in. The problem is he pees in his crate at night, every night. I have always heard that dogs won't mess where they sleep but mine does. I put him in his crate every night and he wakes me up by whining AFTER he has already peed in his crate. We always take him out and make sure he goes potty before we put him in there for the night but he still pees in the crate. I'm not sure what to do and would love any help!!
Your right. He is old enough to know better, and not urinate in there. If the crate is the right size, they should not mess in there. But, since he has learned it is OK (in his mind at least) to mess in there, he will continue to do so, and it is going to take some time to break it.
Do you give him any water before bedtime? He should not have any water an hour before bedtime. Is he waking up at a certain time during the night? If so, set your alarm an hour before that time, and take him out. If he wakes up at different times, set your alarm 3 hours after you lay him down, and take him out then. You are going to need to wake up a couple of times during the night for now until he learns that "doing his business" in his crate is unacceptable.
Is he already potty trained? Or has he learned to use potty pads? If he is not house broken, this may be a reason why he is going in his crate.
Hope this helps you out a little.
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If he is peeing in his crate...He's not potty trained. This is not a matter if he knows right or wrong, this is not a morale issue. This issue lies either in the dogs instinct of staying clean (or lack of). Or the dog simply needs to relieve himself so bad he cannot hold it. 5 months old he should have a strong enough bladder to hold it. Ruling out any medical reasons maybe a solution. Here's a tip: It sounds mean, but stand the crate up with the door facing the sky. this make the crate even smaller. Do not worry, dogs live in the wild in small little dens willingly. Also do not place any bedding in the crate.
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If you are leaving a towel in there, remove it. Its nice to give the dog something soft to lay on, but it keeps the urine off the dog. He might feel less comfortable peeing in there if he is going to get it on him.
If you have a cage divider that came with your crate, use it and make the area as small as you can.
Beagles are great dogs, but they don't really have as much of a natural instinct to keep clean. Some dogs will flip out if there is feces or urine in there cage, but Beagles are typically the type who won't care... Some will gladly sit in it and think nothing of it.
With a Beagle, you will also need a great deal of patience. Some of them take a long time to properly potty train. They just don't understand what the big deal is (to them its "just" a little urine - nothing to really care about).
I think the idea of taking it out in the middle of the night is a good idea. Hopefully, it will eventually just "click", and realize it should wait to go outside.
I'm a big believer of teaching them to go in a single spot, on command. I feel this gives you more control over the dogs habits. If you can exert some control on where and when the dog goes to the bathroom, then the dog might become more aware of the fact that there are rules concerning where to go to the bathroom..
With a beagle, just be patient and consistent... eventually he should catch on if you keep enforcing the proper habits.
Thank you all so much for your help. We don't give him water for at least a couple hours before he goes to bed so I don't think that's the issue. We're getting him neutered next month and I'm going to ask my vet about our problem then and see what he thinks. Also, we don't leave a towel in there, he just pees in the kennel and walks around in it until I let him out. The idea about waking up before he usually wakes up sounds good, I'll have to try that. Like you guys said, the thing I need to remember is to just be patient and he should catch on
How long is "over night"? I am assuming about 8 hours? I think 8 hours is still a little long for a 5 month old puppy to be left to hold their bladder. 5-6 hours may even be pushing it...
Think of it as a newborn baby, you're going to have to get used to waking up in the middle of the night lol Thank goodness it is not a permanent adjustment! It won't only help train your dog, but those few minutes of sleep you lose you gain not having to face that mess first thing in the morning
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I think you should get a much bigger crate or rather dedicated a larger fenced up area that allow him to roam around.
The single most important aspect of house training is the schedule. Dogs typically have a bowel movement about 20 to 30 minutes after eating. Plan your day and your training around regular feedings. Lay in an ample supply of good quality dog food along with a bowl of water at appointed time. Always take your dog out soon after eating and drinking and encourage the dog “to do her business” outside her den.