I have a new rescue. He has poop accidents at night in crate. How can this be corrected?

asked 2018-10-20 16:14:01 -0600

I have new rescue. He has no accidents during the day. I let him out several times. However, night time is a different story. I let him out as late as 11:30 p.m. and I'm up around 6:30 a.m. and I will still find an accident (poop only). I have been crating him at night. Last night he managed to find a way to poop just outside and through the door of the crate!! His last meal is around 4:00 p.m. in the day. I need suggestions what else I can try to correct the problem.

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When you let him out late at night, are you making sure he poops then? Consistent rewarding him when he goes outside will eventually make him understand "Outside = treat, inside/crate = no treat". Covering the crate with a blanket at night could help, too, as he won't see where to go/aim.

Clare T.'s profile image Clare T.  ( 2018-10-23 19:51:51 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2018-10-31 02:08:14 -0600

It really sounds like anxiety more than anything. Have you let him have any period of time to adjust to the new house and everything without being left alone in a cage in a strange place at night? Like a bonding/adjustment period of being part of a family now? Try letting him sleep in your bed and bonding with him for awhile; making him feel like he can trust you and his new environment. He has probably had a rough life and has every reason to feel insecure and afraid to be left alone/abandoned. If you're not able to find a way around the crate at night, at least for awhile, you can try CBD, lavender, giving him a thunder shirt made out of an old shirt of yours that you have worn for a couple days so it has your smell nice and strong throughout the material, etc etc. Anything to reduce his stress and anxiety. Even moving the crate next to your bed can help.

I'm not sure how this was so easily overlooked, either, but it's very possible and often the case that the crate that you have him in is actually bigger than he needs. Crates are not kennels, they're not meant to be much bigger than the dog itself (especially during training) and not meant to be used to keep them in for extended periods of time. If he has room to poo and not be standing or laying in it, (or he is clever enough to back up against the wire and poo OUTSIDE the crate) he has no reason not to.

If you're not already, feed him in the crate. The old saying about not pooping where you eat is pretty literal in the animal world.

If all else fails, you can always bring these kinds of issues up to your vet and see what they think. Best of luck to the both of you, and congratulations on adopting one another! ❤❤

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answered 2018-10-20 23:00:13 -0600

Typically it can take several weeks to crate train a dog if they haven't been exposed to one before. Most dogs won't poop in their crate and as you have observed is trying to poop outside it. I'd like to suggest you take the pup for a good walk prior to crating for the evening. Best of luck

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answered 2018-10-24 04:19:06 -0600

Depending on how long you have had the dog I'd say it's fairly normal. It is most likely that he doesn't recognize his crate or room as his domain yet. Try to only clean the spots where he has the accidents; otherwise you may be removing his scent from the crate and making him think it's not his.

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answered 2018-10-25 17:07:21 -0600

We crate trained our puppy. We'd go for long walks prior to each crating session (either for 2-3 hours during the day time, or overnight) to ensure bladder and bowels are empty. We did heavy rewarding of bladder/bowel emptying outside, and no reaction (positive or negative) of accidents inside or in the crate. We do control access to crate (ie door is closed unless we let her in) and each time she goes in crate, we give positive reinforcement in form of food. We also feed exclusively in crate. This tells her that the crate is her safe + happy space.

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answered 2018-11-22 12:48:07 -0600

The size of the crate is the most important thing you should only have a crate big enough for your dog to turn around and most puppies or dogs will not poop where they sleep also you muste take him out on regular potty breaks at night time just like you would have baby for feedingsy . Set an alarm and wake up two three times a night to go potty. Don't ignore his signals I need to go please make sure you take him outside and when he does go potty outside reward him not with Treats but with lots of love and telling him he's a good boy dogs thrive on our approval of them if you treat train him they expect treats every time they do anything for you. You may still have accidents on the way out the door from the crate to the door which is fine as long as he's going towards the door whenever he Has an accident be sure to tell him no and probably outside if you can pick him up and take him outside as his going potty once he plays outside of course reward him him again with good boy good boy and petting him and loving him . Always have a specific command that you use for each type of training such as"potty outside" and every time that he does go potty outside make sure you are praising to the point to where he feels like he's doing the most amazing thing in the whole world he could ever do trust me he'll get it. But first and foremost to make sure that you're great is not too big he should only have enough room to turn around in it and that's it. And always listen to his signals that he wants to go out. I hope this helps

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