Post # 1
I just adopted the cutest boxer mix puppy ever! I’ll include some pictures just cus I want to show him off. We are in the process of crate training and house breaking and I’m having a little trouble. He is getting the hang of it so far (10+ weeks old) but I can walk him and not even five minutes later, if I crate him (even with a treat) he will pee on the pad and then start to cry. Any suggestions?
Here is Monroe, my sweet little man:
Post # 3
@epalmisano829: First of all…OMIGEE!!!!! He is absolutely adorable.
We didn’t have many problems with our dog and crate training. I assume he goes bathroom on his walk. In the event he doesn’t, short simple answer: keep him outside until he goes. But since he probably does go outside, he may have a few messes in the kennel before he understands that he can’t pee in there.
How big is his kennel? When crate training, you need to make sure the crate is small, leaving only room to pretty much turn around and lay down. If not, the dog will be able to go pee in the corner and not care.
He is still pretty young, so he might just need to get the hang of it, even if he does just go outside. The crating process might make him anxious as well.
Hopefully someone can give you a few more suggestions. Our dog never went in his crate. He would always go in the house because he didn’t know how to tell us he really had to go. We had to watch for the subtlest of hints.
Post # 4
@epalmisano829: I have no crate training advice, but I had to say: OMG SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 5
@megz06: Thanks! He is going during his walk, sometimes just 5 minutes before he is crated and then pow… he pees again. I think maybe it might be too big. We did have it sectioned off since we are leaving him for 3-4 hours twice a day, 2-3 times a week, by himself and we thought giving him enough room to play would keep him calmed.
Anyone else have a suggestion?
Post # 6
@ANGELaaimt: Thank you! He’s a Lady Killer already. He has the men AND the women in my office wrapped around his little paws.
Post # 7
@epalmisano829: Awww what a cutie! Congrats!
Do you feed him in his crate? Dogs usually won’t soil where they eat/sleep.
If he continues to pee in his crate, you might consider having him vet checked for a bladder infection or UTI – very common in puppies.
Post # 8
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@epalmisano829: Most dogs will sleep away the day while their owner is at work and be ready and raring to go as soon as you get home. A crate is a safe place to stay while you’re at work, but it’s not a playpen. Leave only enough room for him to lay down in the crate. You can increase his crate size later once he is housebroken. Also, no pee pads in the crate. A crate is for sleeping, resting, being safe, but not for peeing ever so no pee pads because it sends the wrong message.
Post # 10
I wish i had advice except I just wanted to say congrats on the new puppy! We adopted a new puppy a week ago and he’s 11 weeks old. He is handling being in the crate okay except he pees in the crate. At night (we have to wake up every 3 hours to let him out and still miss it sometimes) But he’s gone 6 hours during the day when we’re gone. And if we’re home and he needs to go out – he will just walk over to his crate and pee in there. I should be happy its keeping me from cleaning up messes on my carpet but i thought the whole point of crate training was that he doesn’t pee in his den. My only thought was that i messed up and accidentally got pee pad with the attractant in it so he thought that was where he was supposed to go…. but then i got a different crate and he still did it. so i don’t get it.
Post # 11
I actually don’t like leaving a pee pad in the crate. It can create confusion, because you’re telling them it’s ok to go on the pad, but not in the pad in their crate. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key. About 30 minutes after he eats, take him outside for a few minutes. When he goes to the bathroom, praise him lots. Every time he goes inside, it sets back the training. I would keep his bed in his crate, and feed him in there. You want him to think of the crate as his house.
Post # 12
He’s so cute! We also did not use a pee pad in the crate when we trained our two dogs. They had blankets in there but they learned quickly not to make a mess in there! Once they realized they were messing on their “bed”… they stopped.
Post # 13
It sounds like the issue is that the crate is too big. While he’s still a puppy, get a cat crate off of craigslist or something, then resell it.
But puppies will not go to the bathroom in a spot where they know they have to sit in it all day or for an extended amount of time.
Also, I agree with PP’s. Don’t put a puppy pad in there. Puts lots of blankets so it screams, ‘Sleep!” instead of “Pee!”
Post # 14
This is a great summary on house training a puppy: http://positively.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=6125
I agree with reducing his space in the crate & take out the pee pads.
Post # 15
@epalmisano829: Do you regulate his water intake? It makes it a lot easier to be able to judge when they’ll have to pee.
If he’s not drinking a ton, has a small crate, and he is still going every 5 minutes, I’d probably take a pee sample to the vet and have it tested to see if he has a UTI.
Also, I didnt see if it was mentioned, but do you have pee pads inside his crate and outside the crate? If so, that can make it extremely confusing for him. He’ll associate the pad as a place he’s able to pee, not the section of the house itself as where he can pee.
Post # 16
@beachbride1216: @james79: @KateByDesign: @CarterLove: @MariContrary: @leembee: Thank you all! Yes, I think you all are right, the crate is too big. I’m going to have to make it smaller and get the pee pads out. I will keep you all updated…
Thanks everyone for the advice!