Why is my dog pooping in her crate?

asked 2018-09-07 19:22:56 -0500

My puppy is 9 weeks old so I get that she’s very young, however I have read over and over again that the best way to potty train a dachshund is by crate training. The idea is that dogs don’t like to go in the places they sleep so they hold it. That is not even remotely happening with our pup.

Here is the schedule: Boyfriend goes to bed at 11pm. He takes her out before lights out. I get up at 1am and take her out. He gets up at 3 am to take her out. Finally at 5am I get up for the day and take her out.

She is very young so we were recommended to take her out every two hours or more. However, almost immediately after putting her in her crate throughout the night, she pees or poops in the crate. Like immediately after we put her in there. We’re still locking the crate and she’s doing her business in there while we watch in horror! And we will have JUST taken her out. We are starting to think she is doing it on purpose because she wants to be with us and hates the crate.

During the day if we leave the crate open she will go in and out of it and even lay down in it and take a quick nap, and we have tried feeding her in there as well as putting toys in there, though we have stopped putting her toys in there because she is pooping on them!

We know this is the hardest part and we just need to get through it, but this is happening multiple times a night and she’s so small... how can she have so much poop to do this much damage! We’re hoping someone who has been through similar can give us a nugget of wisdom to get us through. Does it just take consistency and time or are we doing something wrong?? Help!!

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answered 2019-05-09 17:41:26 -0500

My dog did this as well when I first got him; (he was 2 years old but had never been potty-trained). The problem for us was that the crate he was in was too big. He needed to be in a crate where he can stand up and turn around, but not much more than that. You issue may be a combination of things; (age of dog, size of crate, etc.)

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answered 2019-05-28 05:46:39 -0500

This ultimately cannot be answered without further detail...When you take her out to potty, are you confirming what she's specifically doing in order to know what might be to come? Does she have a solid feeding schedule, or is food left out for her when she's out (or left in the crate)? How big is the crate, compared to her? Those details could help us to answer your question with more specifics. Thanks!

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This post was created September of last year, and, *hopefully* this is no longer an issue! :D

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile imageCindy & Stephen G. ( 2019-05-29 21:18:19 -0500 )edit
answered 2018-09-07 22:14:13 -0500

Start feeding your pup in the crate, most won't pee and poop where they eat. And at 9 weeks old you cannot expect a dog to be house trained it will probably take a few months. Best of luck

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answered 2019-04-04 10:54:30 -0500

Reasons why your dog may be pooping in his crate relate to behavioral issues, physical limitations, or medical reasons that can cause your dog to be unable to hold it until he is let out of his crate. Often, conditions that cause diarrhea or a loss of bowel control can result in crate soiling.

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