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    Default Re: Accidents in the crate...

    Remy had the same problem. Our breeder would leave the pee pads where the puppies would sleep and Remy just got used to peeing any where she slept. Grr. So we had to kick that habit out and take her out before she had an accident. That meant every hour at night. I praised her softly. I didnt want to get overly excited bc i didnt want her to think it's a party in the middle of the night. And every week or 2 I would increase the time by an hour. If she had an accident when transitioning, I would go back to the previous hour where she did good for another week. I was a zombie for a few months but in the end it was well worth it bc she's now 7 months and can hold it for 6-8hrs. Ahh. Sleep. As for during the day, Id take her out every 30 minutes and after every drink/play and highly praise her w whatever she responds to the most, whether it be treats, petting, etc. Oh and I don't let her drink after 9. Her bed time is at 10 so I'd take her out right before we put her to sleep.
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    Thanks everyone! Fortunately I think we have solved the problem. Her crate is big enough where she could get away from the mess so I added a wire divider into it. She has enough room to stand up and turn around but that's it. Since adding the divider, she hasn't had a single accident. Hopefully once she breaks the habit I can take the divider out and give her the room back. At night she's no longer crated and is happily sleeping in our bed with no problems
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    Default Re: Accidents in the crate...

    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    does the crate have any bedding in it? if yes, remove it sometimes, they just need to be on the tray and no bedding as for some reason they just like going on the bedding. i also like the idea of placing her in there for like 10 mins -- leave the room and wen you come back, if not accident - high praise and a treat
    Brett peed too if I put a crate bed inside of a blanket but when there's no bed inside the crate he doesn't have accidents.

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    Glad to see improvements! This was the first I read this thread and I was even stumped on advice. But def keep us posted to see if it's truly made an affect on her! But yes, that does seem 100% accurate. A puppy crate needs to be ONLY big enough for them to turn around, not any bigger as well... that will happen. We had Jovi in a very small crate up until literally she could not fit into it, and got a big one with a divider and she has never had an accident in the crate. Glad to see it's working!


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    Well I spoke too soon. She was crated this evening for 2 hours and pooped and peed I love this girl but she's driving me crazy with this!
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    Hi there! Crate stress maybe? If you believe its a behavioral issue with her I would suggest positive conditioning. make her believe that her crate is her den or a "safe zone" animals naturally wouldn't do their dirty business inside their homes.
    Even when you're home encourage her to be in her crate and teaching her a few things at the same time. Llure her with toys, tell her to "sit" then "down", close the door and give her a treat (with a lot of positive reinforcement and sound overly excited to get them excited too lol) leave her there for a few minutes at a time and make it longer each time. You can be teaching her inside, sit, down and stay" at the same time and hopefully not potty! Get her used to learning that being in the crate is a good thing. when you're watching tv tell her to "stay" and leave the door open and when she gets out let her roam for a bit and tell her to go back inside.


    I have 2 bullies and one medium size crate ... whenever they get in trouble or get too rowdy inside the house i tell them "go time out" and they'll race each other there lol. ! This can definitely be fixed with time and repetition Don't give up!

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