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My mini Dauchund is almost 12 months old and she is still pooping her crate?

asked 2021-02-23 00:05:48 -0500

I have a mini Dauchund who is almost one years old, ever since we’ve had her as a puppy she has pooped her crate ( I know this isn’t normal ). We have tired everything you can think of and she still will soil her bed . We’ve taken food away a few hours before bed , always offer her outside pee and poop ( she will go but still poop her crate even if she goes outside ) . We’ve removed a blanket in the crate so she can’t feel she can push it aside , got her a smaller crate , etc.

Has anyone else experienced this ? If so how did you over come it?

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I wouldn't give her a smaller crate. I do suggest seeing your vet, there could be an underlying issue.

Elena P.'s profile image Elena P.  ( 2021-03-08 09:57:22 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2021-06-02 07:30:23 -0500

How often do you take her out to go potty? When she goes potty outside the house, do you praise her a lot?

I just adopted a 7 year old chihuahua who wasn't potty trained and peed in my room, on my bed, and pooped on the floor in my room, especially after a walk. He just didn't understand this is not OK because this is the way he grew up.

So I started taking him out every 2 hours. I tell him "let's go pee pee and poo poo" (I do repeat it few times as we are getting ready), so he would learn it's time to go potty outside. I repeat the "let's go pee pee and poo poo" again and again to make sure he is aware that this is what we are doing now, that I need him to go potty, and that's our main goal for now. We are not going to walk to the park or chase rabbits. When he goes potty outside, I praise him like if he just won a marathon, and tell him few times "good boy, good poo poo!!" And I pet him and i am very very happy. And his eyes shine, he is so happy that I am happy, he knows he did something good, and he's happy and proud, and we do this about 7 times a day.

I do not ever yell at him when he pees or poops indoors, I just clean it up.

Each dog is different, some of them take longer time to learn.

But most of them can not hold for a long time. Yes, I have met people who leave their pets home alone for 12 hours each day and they expect their pet to HOLD it, because they were told, that well behaved dog can hold it. I am not in agreement, but that's me. I can't imagine leaving my dogs alone for more than 4 hours without them being able to go potty. But again, that's me. My dogs are not toys.

So really try to take your pup out every 2 hours and praise them when they go potty.

Also, some dogs need a LOT of time to find a spot to poop outside! They just won't poop in any available spot, they need to find the special spot. So after a 30 minute walk, your dog still hasn't pooped, and you think they don't want to poop, just to come home and the dog poops on the floor or in the crate. They are not doing this on purpose or to mess with you or punish you. They just couldn't find a spot and couldn't get to poop, but they are ready now, just as you came back home. It happens.

Good luck!

If this is not the case at all, and you have done all this, I would suggest taking your pup to the vet's office for an exam.

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answered 2021-06-01 21:09:52 -0500

Yes, my little chihuahua used to potty in her crate. But we started taking her food and water out of her crate, going out 5 minutes before bed, and getting her a smaller crate. Her bed now fills to whole bottom of the crate so there is no extra room accessible to her, and since she didn't want to sleep in a dirty bed she stopped pottying in her crate.

Hope this helps🙂

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answered 2021-07-20 10:28:31 -0500

Take all of the bedding and padding out. It sounds harsh, but bedding is the same as a nest. Animals will make a potty corner if they have a little nest. Also, and again it's harsh, bedding soaks up what they output which keeps it off of their paws. They truly don't want to lay in pee and poop so removing the bedding will help reinforce the idea that the crate is not a bathroom. Be ready to respond to her more often for the next few months while she figures out how long she can really hold it.

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answered 2021-07-20 21:44:52 -0500

I have a 3 year old dauchund yorkie mix a dorkie. And she will sometimes go outside but she still comes in promptly to pee and poop on her potty mats. It’s not ideal but after some research, and talking to other dorkie and dauchund owners, dauchund are very stubborn and very smart. A small percentage of them ‘decide’ they don’t want to be potty trained and go on the mats. Several people told us to just love them as they are versy sweet, loveable and loyal. If anyone has a real solution, I’m all in!! And good luck!

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