Post # 1
Hi all, I’m hoping you can help me and my husband adjust to our new puppy.
He’s been making great progress, and he is clearly a smarty-pants. I taught him to sit in like 15 minutes!
The most recent trouble we’ve been having is pooping in his crate while we’re gone for work. He did it yesterday, and he did it this morning. His crate is small enough where he is not able to poop in one corner and lay in the other (unfortunately this means he now smells like poop)! We have been trying our hardest to leave him alone for only short periods of time, and when these two incidents occured he was only alone for ~2 hours. Plus he had gone potty before he was put in his crate!
I called the vet and he suggested that it was Seperation Anxiety, but in my gut it just doesn’t feel like what it is. This is a new thing and he’s been left alone longer! Never more than 4 hours though. I don’t know what to do. We need to work! How do normal people do this?
Help please! I smell like poop! Please tell me it gets better.
Post # 3
Are you going to puppy training classes? this is really the best thing for you as puppy parents as well as your puppy.
Post # 5
Make sure you throw away the bedding that he has pooped on….You will never get the smell of “toilet” out of his bed and he will associate his bedding with the toilet. I use puppy sheets (plastic on one side and absorbent stuff on the other- discposable). then wrap his bedding in an old bed sheet.
Post # 6
Crate training takes time…it isn’t an immediate thing for some dogs. That being said it might be that the two plus hours he was in there is too long depending on how young he is.
What is his feeding schedule like? Does he free roam with his food? Or do you set it out for him to eat at certain times?
Post # 8
we have a young puppy as well, (10 weeks). During the day when we are at work he is set up in a pen inside the house. The pen has his bed, food, water toys and a doggy peepee pad. My mom comes in the middle of the day to let him outside to poop, feed him and just play with him. At night he sleeps in a crate in our room.
This system has been working very well for us with potty training. He’s had a few accident but for the most part he’s been going to the door when he needs to potty and never goes to the bathroom in his crate and only pees on the pee pee pads.
Post # 9
I litter trained my puppy. I created a puppy area and covered it in paper. He showed a preference for pooping in one corner and I slowly removed paper until there was only that area covered. I would take him there to potty and praise him. Slowly I moved the paper to the bathroom where his litter tray would live. Eventually as he got older he needed to go less and would no longer poop during the day, only on his morning and evening walks. He now only uses the litter tray to wee.
Having him on a strict schedule helped. Always walk, feed, sleep at the same time and then he starts to go toilet at the same times as well.
Post # 10
I just recently adopted my baby Theo, he is now 3 1/2 months but at about 2mo we started crate training him.. and he picked it up FAST! What we did was we left his food bowl in there, he doest want to poop where he eats. Not only this, but leave him in there while you’re at home too. So he knows that not every time that hes put into the crate you’re leaving.. (this might help if it is partially separation anxiety.) My dog has only peed ONCE in the crate, and he actually wasnt even locked in it.. sometimes I use it as a block when I leave him in the bathroom for a couple of hours when I leave. Otherwise, he hasnt peed or pooped in it AT ALL, and he was trained within a week and a half. Also, praise him a TON when he walks in on his own and also once you let him out (but make sure to do it while hes IN the crate, so he thinks YAY I get love when I am in the crate)
Hope this helps 😀
Post # 11
LOL…I’m laughing as I write this. Usually if the crate is small enough they won’t go, but if he is you might want to take him to the vet and see if he has a bladder infection or some digestive irratation that’s causing him to not be able to hold it. Good luck!!! Poor thing, I’m sure he doesn’t like smelling like poop either….
Post # 12
For all who asked…he is 3 months old. I’ve heard that pups can hold it for their age in months plus 1. And he’s definitely held it for 4 hours before!
@ThreeMeers: I can’t wait to enroll him in puppy classes! We’re also planning on doing a day of doggy day care once/week. Unfortunately he hasn’t had all of his shots yet 🙁
@Treejewel19: We feed him twice a day. And we wait until he poops to put him in his crate! I feel like we’re doing things by the book. But Georgie is not a by the book kind of guy I guess!
@Meowkers: Thanks for sharing your method! I think that we will probably do that for him if this goes on much longer. I feel like the probleam really is that he hates his crate when he’s awake!
@Excited To Bee: That’s a great tip to put him in there when we’re home. I’ll try that. We do feed him in his crate (although we remove it before we leave for the day.
@Sugarpug2012: I’m trying to laugh myself. I feel like humor is the only way to get through it! Vet has checked him out…we will definitely go back if this persists.
I guess I just need moral support! It hasn’t even been 2 weeks yet. I’m hoping it gets better. I just don’t hear many pet owners talk about this special hell that bringing a new pup can be!
Post # 13
Also, to thank you for your help…here’s George!!
Post # 14
Our dog loves her crate because we gave her a treat everytime she went in, left treats in there for her to find if she went in on her own, and gave her treats if she stayed in there for long periods of time. We don’t do that anymore, but we did do it until she got used to the idea that her crate was a safe, happy place which took about a month.
Post # 15
My dog took about 6 months until she was perfectly house trained. She also has a ridiculously sensitive stomach so I’ve dealt with more poop than I care to admit.
If it’s a good consistancy I wouldn’t be very concerned- he’s probably just still being housebroken. Make sure the area is completely cleaned of the scent – white vinegar works really well. If it’s loose, it may be giardia. Almost all pups get it and it can be cured with some meds from the vet.
Can you get someone in during the day to give him some extra breaks?
Post # 16
@AmandaJeanne: Our puppy is not too fond of his crate either. He doesn’t mind sleeping in there but as soon as he’s fully awake he goes crazy trying to get out. We’ve given him treats, sat with him, tried everything. He just doesn’t like being in there while awake. So putting him in during the day is a no go for us. But we found that the extra space of the pen really works for him. Hopefully it can work for you.
Here’s our little guy.