How Can I Get My Dog To Stop Peeing In Her Crate?

We often get puppy questions through our blog, email, and social media channels and recently received similar crate training questions several times over the past month.  The basic questions was “How Can I Get My Dog To Stop Peeing In Her Crate?”

Before we brought home our first puppy we read several books about how to train puppies.  We wanted to learn as much as we could about puppies before diving into puppy ownership.  Now over 8 years later we continue to read books about puppies and dog training.

We rescued Linus from the shelter, fostered dozens of puppies and dogs, raised 4 guide dog puppies, and puppy sat countless dogs and puppies.  Maybe we’re not experts, but we do think we know a little more than the average bear.

We get hundreds of questions every month about puppies, dogs, and training.  Over the years we’ve kept the answers in the comment section, but starting this year we’re going to highlight questions and answer it right here on the blog!  Our hope is to build a resource section and help answer some of the most common puppy training questions.

So without further adieu…

How Can I Get My Dog To Stop Peeing In Her Crate?

Crate Training Dublin
Dublin didn’t have any potty problems during crate training

We hear this question several times a month in it’s different variations.  Maybe your dog is peeing in her crate or maybe your dog is pooping in her crate either way your question is probably what can I do to get my dog to stop having accidents in her crate.

The original crate training question we received this week is below:

Question

“Hi I am crate training my 9 week boxer puppy. She is peeing and pooing in the crate overnight and then whines to be let out. what should I do if she doesn’t cry when she has to go?”

Answer:

You have to remember that a puppy as young as yours (around 9 weeks of age) probably does not yet have full control of her bladder.  She may not always know when she has to potty, but there are some things you can do in your situation.

Your goal is to not allow your puppy to potty in the crate anymore.  At some point in time she learned that it was okay to potty in the crate.  If she’s having accidents in the crate during the day and at night you need to make sure you reduce the amount of time she spends in the crate and over time incrementally extend the amount of time she spends in her crate.

Lets start off by speculating as to why your puppy is peeing/pooping in her crate.  There could be several reasons why a puppy has an accident while in crate:

  • Crate size is too big.  If you’re crate is too big then your puppy will often times use one side to potty (her bathroom) and the other side to sleep (her bedroom).  A crate should only be large enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around any bigger than that and you might have a few potty accidents.
  • Before you brought home your puppy she learned to potty in her crate.  In general puppies will not potty where they sleep, but there could be reasons why your puppy learned to do this before you brought her home.  If you bought from a pet store (please don’t buy from pet stores as the majority of these puppies come from puppy mills) your puppy probably learned to potty where she sleeps.  The same could be true if you purchased from an irresponsible breeder.  Responsible breeders will often times start potty training their pups before they go home with their new families.  If you adopted your puppy may have learned to potty in there kennel or other sleeping area.  You never really know, but sometime in her past she may have learned to potty in her crate.
  • She has a bladder infection or some kind of health issue.  A trip to the veterinarian may be in order.  You might want to consider this as an option if your puppy is having unusual potty accidents.

Basic Crate And Potty Training

Make sure you read through these two articles:

Since your puppy is peeing/pooping in the crate overnight without any whining to alert you then you should consider setting your alarm clock 2-3 times spread out through the night, wake up, take your puppy to her potty spot, have her potty, then take her right back to bed.

Another thing you should do to help avoid future puppy potty accidents in crate is thoroughly wash your crate using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle (aff link).  Puppies like to potty in the same place where they went before.  If she can smell the urine in the crate then she might go there again.  Moving forward, anytime she has an accident make sure you thoroughly clean the crate again.

If you’re putting blankets or towels in the crate I would consider removing these.  Puppies usually like going potty on soft surfaces as opposed to hard surfaces.

As mentioned earlier make sure you have the right size crate.  If you bought a large crate to allow your puppy to grow into it I would either purchase a smaller, proper sized crate or use a divider to make the crate the correct size.

Keep your puppy on a consistent feeding schedule.  Try to make sure you feed your puppy at the same times every day.  You’ll notice a consistent feeding schedule = a consistent potty schedule.

You should start keeping a daily puppy potty schedule to keep track of every time your puppy pees, poops, eats, and drinks water.  You’ll notice that your puppy is very predictable as to when she potties in relation to the times she eats, drinks, plays, etc.

Make sure you feed your puppy at least a couple hours before you put her to bed for the night.

Make sure you take your puppy out to potty (and make sure she goes) right before you put her in her crate for the night.  By the way, we’ve had puppies potty outside then immediately potty again inside the house.  If you are having this problem check out this blog post.

Talk To Your Veterinarian And Local Dog Trainer

It’s always a good idea to speak with your local professionals.  If you don’t already have a local veterinarian or dog trainer then you should start doing some research to find some good ones in your area.  Having a good vet and trainer will be a great resource for you and your dog today and in the future.

You should also consider enrolling in a puppy kindergarten which will give you a chance to socialize your puppy, learn basic obedience, and have a professional dog trainer to ask questions.  Not only that, but you’ll find that you may be experiencing similar frustrations with your puppy as others in the group.  It always feels better when you realize that you are not the only one experiencing these puppy training and behavior problems

I hope this helps to answer your puppy training question.

What about everyone else out there?  Have you had any problems with your crate training?  Did your puppy used to potty in her crate?  If so, tell us what you did to solve the problem.

Comments

  1. Allison says

    I always thought having a big crate would be better for the dogs so they can run around and not be cramped, but it makes sense to have a smaller crate if they are only in there to sleep. I guess it’s the same as having a huge bedroom…not necessary if all you’re going to do in there is sleep. Thanks Colby!

    • says

      If you’re working on conventional crate training with your puppy then you want to make sure the size of your crate fits the size of your pup otherwise he may potty on one side and sleep on the other.

  2. says

    You won’t like this answer. :-)

    I heard puppies can only hold it an hour for every month old they are. (A 2 month old puppy can hold for up to 2 hours) when we got Sampson we knew he was going to be a big dog, so we bought a big crate. His blanket was in the back of the crate and I put newspaper for him to potty on in the front.

    As he got older, I put less and less newspaper in the crate, once he stopped pottying on the paper I took it out.

    That was the advice I was given at the time and it worked for us.

    • says

      Hi Jodi,

      I’ve heard the same thing about pups being able to hold their bladder about an hour for every month.

      If that method of crate training worked for you then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. In my mind your method of crate training would be similar to using an X-Pen to contain your puppy in a specific area like the kitchen and put paper or potty pads down inside the X-Pen. Puppy will potty in one area and sleep/play in another.

      Every situation is different and my answer is definitely not the only one. I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences so we all have a better understanding of how to better raise and train our puppies and dogs.

      Thanks,
      Colby

    • Donna Theniger says

      Hi my obi is a springer special he will b 1 on the 21/01/2015 he still wees what is your advice on it x.

  3. says

    When I got my lab he had a couple of accidents in his crate the first few weeks and it was just as you mentioned – he was too young to hold it overnight. I got up in the middle of the night for a few weeks and took him out and the problem was solved. They grow fast and it didn’t take long before he could go all night with no accidents. It took until about 6 months before he would vocalize wanting to go out but I noticed that he would try to tell me by hovering or sitting by the door from as early as 9 weeks old. If your puppy isn’t vocal right away then you will definitely have to be extra vigilant overnight as you won’t see their physical cues to go out.

    • says

      Hi Melissa,

      Thank you for sharing your story. I usually notice my pup’s hovering around the front door at around the same age. Puppies are pretty smart and figure out where they are supposed to potty very quickly. The only problem is pups don’t have much bladder control at 9 weeks and if you don’t see their signal they will have an accident in the house.

      If you’re working on potty training your puppy it’s definitely a good idea to keep a close eye on your pup when he’s in the house.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Colby

  4. Jessica Sala says

    We regulated the water and food and kept an eye on them after they would eat and/or drink. With such little bladders, they can only hold it for so long of a time. We’d wait about a half hour and take them outside. If they didn’t go at that point we’d take them out every 10 minutes until they went. They got the idea very quickly and accidents were few and far between.

    • Chrissy says

      We learned quickly that it was us, the humans, that needed the training. I always feel bad when Lily (2 mos old) has an accident because I either missed the signs or lost track of time. We too had to learn to be consistent and find the more diligent we are sticking to a schedule, the quicker she progresses. We ALWAYS take her out immediately when she wakes up including naps, and every 2 hours. She has an accident every once in awhile after playing with Levi, but we are learning her signs of sniffing but it takes constant observation. We never leave her out if our site. We also keep a bell hanging on the door and ring it every time we take her out. Eventually she will learn to ring the bell when she needs to go out as Levi does today. Good luck!!

  5. Marjorie Ray says

    We never had this problem, although Abbey is vocal and would whine to wake me up to take her out. 2 or 3 times a night when she was little, got down to once a night and now is rare. (she is 7 months) No dawdling, no playing no loving. Just do your business and get back to bed.

  6. says

    Hi Colby

    Great advice!! I never wanted to pee in my crate, I just wanted to get out, it took me a while to convince Mum and Dad I didn’t need a crate, but I got there in the end – Tee Hee

    Hope you’re having a fun day :)

    Your pal Snoopy :)

    • says

      Hi Snoopy!

      Good job convincing Mum and Dad to let you out of the crate. All of our guide dog pups have to learn to use the crate and in the end they love it. Linus still goes in his crate just to hang out. I don’t think I’ve closed the door to his crate in several years.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Colby

    • says

      Hi Jessica!

      I get so many questions from my readers I’m not sure why I didn’t do this long ago. I’d have to agree with you on your assessment of Chester and his accidents in his crate.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Colby

  7. says

    As a pet sitter that specialized in pets with behavioral problems, medical needs & senior pets, ( http://www.shannonspetsitting.net ) I see crate training done improperly A LOT!! A crate is supposed to be a puppy/dogs safe haven. Not a form of punishment. I see many pet owners who are under the assumption that their dog can only hold it for 2-4 hours. REALLY!? they never give the dog a change to grow & Strengthen their bladder muscles. EXCELLENT article! Lots of great information!

    • says

      Thanks Shannon! We crate train all of our guide dog puppies. It’s definitely a great way to potty train. Even today my 6 and 8 year old dogs will go into their crate on their own just to take a nap.

  8. says

    Hi Colby,

    I used to have this problem with my dog, and just when I was about to throw in the towel out of frustration, a neighbor told me to take her to the vet. I found out that she had a bladder infection which got promptly treated by antibiotics and fluids. Sometimes, the problem isn’t behavioral so guys might want to pay attention to that. Great blog!

    Alana

    • says

      Thanks Alana for sharing your experiences. Yep, every once in a while it isn’t a behavioral issue and your pup could just have a bladder infection. I’m glad yours is doing better now after getting treatment from your vet.

  9. Ashley says

    My pup just turned 10 weeks yesterday. He does go when ever I take him outside. I feed him twice a day as far as his feeding schedule goes. Maybe I’m still not taking him out enough because he still pees inside, without warning. He only sniffs around when he needs to go poop. I bought a potty patch to try to help catch those “accidents”. Do you think that’s hurting the situation?

  10. says

    If your dog is having accidents in your crate you should also consider a waterproof, washable crate pad so that you can eliminate any odors that may be triggering your dog’s urges. At Teton Dog we sell a crate pad that is 100% waterproof with a removable cover that you can wash in HOT water to eliminate any trace of urine, as well as allow you to sterilize the cover to help reduce infections

  11. Elizabeth says

    My eight year old Miniature Pinscher is driving me insane and to tears. About a year ago he started peeing in his crate, not a lot, just as if he were marking. I wouldn’t notice because the smell was never strong enough to sense and there weren’t signs because he was always going potty before and after being in his crate. Lately, he has been doing it so often I honestly feel like giving HIM up. I removed his blanket a couple weeks ago because he would soil it immediately. He receives more attention and affection than he has ever before, so I don’t think he is upset or jealous. I have had him since a pup, he has done this before, he stopped on his own up until this last year. My boyfriend is starting to think that he just likes one to two baths a day and an extremely clean crate. I’m at the highest level possible of frustration and really need help. He only does this when we leave, even for twenty minutes, or during the night he will whine- we let him out- he pees in the bathroom.

    • says

      We’ve had puppies with get bladder infections which makes it difficult for them to control their bladder. Also, as dogs get older they may have more difficulty holding it. Finally, we’ve also seen dogs have bladder problems when experiencing separation anxiety. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  12. Kirsty Stubley says

    We have an 11 week old Golden Retriever who we’ve had for 5 days now. We’ve been trying to crate train her, which has been going well at night time. However, the day time is going badly when she is being left on her own. It seems her natural response when she’s anxious is to poop and wee, and then because she gets so worked up, she tramples it everywhere and gets completely covered. This is usually within the first 5-10 minutes of being shut in her crate. Instead, I’ve had to allow her roam of the kitchen with her crate to go to sleep in, but she still poops and wee’s when she’s left alone – though less trampling occurs because she’s evacuating on the puppy pads on the other side of the kitchen. She’s only left on her own for a max of 2-2.5 hours at at a time

    I don’t know what else we can do to try and encourage her to go before we have to shut her away. We take her outside as soon as she’s awake, we take her outside before we leave her, we take her outside after she’s had a play, we take her outside shortly after she’s eaten, and we take her outside whenever we think it might have been a little while since she went outside. Sometimes she poops and wee’s outside, and we shower her with praise for doing it, but sometimes she decides she doesn’t want to do it outside, will come inside and then promptly do her business in the house!

    I read the part of your blog that said “Make sure you take your puppy out to potty (and make sure she goes) right before you put her in her crate for the night.”
    But how do I make sure she goes? I’ve spent up to an hour outside with her, and sometimes she just refuses to do anything but nibble on grass and deweed the patio, but then as soon as I take her indoors, she poops or wee’s in there instead!

    Any suggestions?!

  13. says

    Hi Colby! I have a 6 month old boxer still peeing in its crate. We’ve not done most of this stuff but some. His name is tucker. He’s good in the house; not in the crate. We have 2 of them, 1 of them Is to big for him. The other is to small, what would we do with a puppy in a to small of a cage?

  14. Diva says

    Hello, my boys are 7 and 5 years old. Their. Names are Bronx and Harlem. Bronx is doing well with not soiling his kennel but Harlem is doing it daily. And has from day one. I have had them both since they were 8 weeks old. Should I make his space smaller in the kennel? I would love to leave them out at night or even when we work but they both would not only chew up everything in site Bronx would poop in the house.
    Thanks Diva

  15. Twana says

    I have a boxer that is 18 weeks old now. I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old. I am handicap & in basic training right now. She has just been registered for Emotional Support Dog. I can’t get her to stop peeing & popping in her cage. she had a bladder infection, I have her on antibiotics, but this was happening well before. HELP!!

  16. ashley says

    We just got an 8 wk goldendoodle male about a week ago. He doesnt seem to mind his crate, but consistently has potty accidents in the crate. I bring him out at regular intervals, I set the time for 20min after he eats, plats, etc. He will go potty and poo almost everytime he goes outside which is great. However, 5-10 min later or at random intervals, he will piddle again. One time, he piddled 3 times in a 20 min time. Is he marking his territory. Theres no warning when he has piddle accidents, and he hasnt pooped in the house yet.
    Thanks!
    Ashley

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! 8 week old puppies don’t have the best bladder control. It’s not uncommon for them to potty several times in a short time frame or to potty once outside then come right back in the house and potty again. Good luck with your training!

  17. says

    Hello, We have a 10 month old Viszla who is trained to go potty outside however, our problem is while he is crated during the day. After an 8 hour day – as we approach the kennel to let him out – he starts to urinate. We have tried everything and just don’t get it.

    We do not speak while approaching, we try to move the kennel near the door so when we open the door – out he goes. And he still manages to urinate on the way.

    Do you have any suggestions, or is this a common behavior? We’ve raised Weimaraner’s, and small dogs and never experienced this before.

    We are tired of always having to face the big clean up upon arrival and always having to launder the towel that resides in his kennel.

    Signed, frustrated Mom 😉

    • says

      Eight hours in the crate during the day is a long time for a lot of puppies/dogs. For instance, my dog Linus can easily last 8 hours without having an accident in the house. In fact I don’t think Linus would have an accident in 24+ hours. On the other hand 8 hours for my other dog, Stetson is stretching it. If I leave him for more than 8 hours I’m definitely risking an accident. The point is every dog will be different. Some have rock solid bladders while others do not.

  18. Letynjay says

    Hi,

    We have a 9 week old goldendoodle and love him to pieces. His name is Buddy. I’m not sure why he is having accidents in the crate during the day. We believe it was the blanket that he pee on so we removed it. Thought it worked but we felt the hard surface in crate was not homie so we put a tee shirt in there. Well he pee on the shirt. During the night we take him out every two hours and he does a good job with going in the yard. Could it also be that he doesn’t like us leaving?? seperation anxiety?? Oh no, does my puppy need a psychologist?? Any advise would be appreciated. :-)

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! I would try keeping the blanket/shirt out of the kennel when you leave your puppy home alone and make sure you have the proper sized crate. Also, make sure you’re not leaving your puppy in the crate too long during the day. A 9 week old puppy shouldn’t be in the crate more than 2-3 hours during the day time. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  19. JacquI Miranda says

    Hi thanks for your article. We have a 5 month male dachshund puppy. After over a month of having him we have finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with getting him to pee and poop outside -he now waits by the door if he needs to go. But we still have accidents when there’s chaos in the house (we have 3 toddlers).

    My question is how to stop him peeing in his bed at night. I think he just does it while he sleeps. As I don’t hear anything -he sleeps in his bed by our bed.

    We didn’t have this problem before started leaving him in his crate when we would leave for errands and such and he would stay home. Sometimes for a good 5 hours. Of course he couldn’t hold and would pee in there. We had to do that because the little pen area we would leave him in would turn into the most horrible mess to come back to to clean because he would go and run around frantic in it. Keeping him in the crate solved the mess issue and he’s a lot calmer.

    BUT now he pees at night. Because he sleeps in the crate too. I recently changed him sleeping in his bed in the crate at night to just his bed in the hopes it would stop the habit but it hasn’t. I know his bladder is small but he used to hold it for a good portion of the night before so I know he can. I also know he hasnt been getting up at night because I can hear him. I’ve been waking up to take him out throughout the night but it’s not helping.

    It appears he just pees while he sleeps. The bottom of his bed is all wet underneath while the top where he is is all warm and dry and again he’s not getting up.

    Thoughts? The washing and cleaning is getting very frustrating.

    • says

      If he’s peeing in his sleep then he may have a bladder infection. You might want to take him in for examination with your veterinarian.

  20. Ed says

    Hi, I just got two shih tzu/daschund mix puppies(14 weeks old) and we have them share a 36 inch crate. Both of them are about 9lbs. Is this crate sharing ok or do you think is better to keep them separate?

  21. kathy smith says

    I have a 6 month old Brittany, Hannah, who doesn’t potty in her crate. I now took over caring for her sister, Lilly, since her owner works 12 hour shifts. I am trying with no success, to get Lilly to not potty in her crate. I have tried everything mentioned in above posts and more, nothing works. She potties in her crate soon after I bring her in and she has pottied outside minutes before. I have had her at the vet to make sure it’s not medical. Vet said yesterday, maybe it’s anxiety… I need help!! Lilly’s a great little dog, just like her Hannah, who isn’t perfect. Hannah potties mostly outside but if she does inside, it’s on the puppy pad. Did I mention Lilly also potties on the rug and or floor if she’s not in her crate? HELP!!!!!!!

  22. Honeybear's Mum says

    Hi, my 5 month old puppy Honeybear is very slowly getting the hang of toilet training, but she always poops and pees on the puppy pads I have laid down by the door in the night. I put her to bed at about 10:30pm, and take her out in the morning between 8:30am and 9:30 am – is that too long?

    How do I get her to hold it in throughout the night without going back to locking her in her crate all night?? I feel terrible doing that to her.

    I don’t want to leave her doggy flap open all night because there are dog nappers in the area and possums that can be quite aggressive.

    Thanks so much for any help!!

    • says

      Every puppy is going to be a little different, but we usually wait until our puppies are closer to a year old before we gradually start allowing them to sleep outside of the crate at night. Good luck with your training!

  23. says

    @Ed, we keep our puppies in separate crates when crate training. Good luck with your training!

    @kathy smith, it is possible that Lily is having anxiety. You might consider having a professional dog trainer coming by for an in-home evaluation. Our Linus has some anxiety and we’ve had some success with the Thundershirt.

    You also might try taking a step back and start working on potty training from the very beginning: http://puppyintraining.com/how-to-potty-train-a-puppy/

    Best of luck with your training!

  24. Kennedy says

    Hi we just got a westie puppy about 3 weeks ago, she’s now 12-13 weeks old and we’re trying to potty train her. we take her out every hour, right after she eats or drinks, and after she wakes up. We’re trying to crate train her but she still goes in the crate. she doesn’t go outside, she just waits till she’s inside to go

  25. Anesha says

    I recently about 2 weeks ago adopted a puppy from my local county animal shelter. She’s believed to be between 4-6 months I think around 4 or 5 they said 6 months but she a shepard/rott mix and was only 28 pounds when we got her, anyway I’ve been trying to work on potty training and commands she stubborn and smart but has caught on fairly fast with commands when she’s not being stubborn but the potty training has been horrible when I first got her I was a vacation from work for about 5 days so it gave me time to get used to her and she had just got spayed the day we got her so I was able to monitor her recovery those days were great then my sister in law and her dog spent the night and things were fine but she had a accident and snuck off I ignored it and have had her on a schedule to help with the potty training but she’s still having accidents and we take her out often and control her food and water intake and when we can’t keep a eye on her she goes in the crate, bedtime while at work etc but the problem is if she has to go potty she’ll be anywhere in her crate even thought she’ll have to lay in it to do so, or just go when she wants on the floor. I have a routine, I take her out every 2-3 hours when home or she’s in the crate potty training. I don’t know what to do, she’ll go outside if she has to immediately if u take her, and she understands house and go potty or poo poo and I never can tell if she’s peeing until she starts cuz she pees so low to the ground it’s like she’s sitting really, she won’t alert me just go help?!

    • says

      If you haven’t had a chance take a look at this article on potty training your puppy: http://puppyintraining.com/how-to-potty-train-a-puppy/

      I usually keep my puppy on leash by my side at all times in the house when he is not yet potty trained. It gives me a chance to keep an eye on him 100% of the time.

      If you’re having issues with your puppy having accidents in the crate you might consider letting her out more frequently during the day and evening.

  26. Newfiemom says

    I have a 12 week old Newfie pup. He has had crate/seperation anxiety since he came home 4 weeks ago. He has gotten much better with it but he will urinate in his kennel & in the house. He has only pooped in his kennel when he had diarrhea but has never alerted us to having to go out. He is not showing any signs of house training or getting better about wetting in his kennel. He is on a leash by my side at all times or in his kennel if I’m not home or cannot watch him. Other than night time the longest he is in his kennel is no more than 2 hours but will still have accidents. He has just enough room to comfortably turn around with no pillows or blankets. He is also on a strict food & water schedule.
    I have had several dogs/puppies but have never had this much trouble house training ever! Any advice?

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! It sounds like you’re doing everything correctly. You might consider bringing in a professional dog trainer and possibly have your puppy checked over by your vet. The only other thing I’d consider is keeping his entire day on a strict schedule as well as keeping a potty journal.

  27. Joyce says

    I read this article with interest. Here is my opinion. I have a rescue pup who is approximately 3 years old. I have no idea of his past. He has a pretty good life now. We have a doggy area all fixed up for him and he has a doggy door so he can go outside to our fenced backyard anytime he wants. We, too, had problems with him peeing in his nice soft bed. It was annoying. I was washing his bedding every day. Recently, I decided this had become a situation that was causing me extreme stress. I decided it would be best to figure out a solution I could live with. Our pup peed in his crate if we tried to crate him. If I took his bed away and put a blanket on the floor, he peed on the blanket. Our pup has regular Vet appointments. He does not have an infection. He does have a behavior problem and we can’t seem to stop it. This is his ONLY annoying problem. Other than this he is a wonderful little pup and we love him to pieces. I am retired and home all day. He is rarely left alone for more than a couple hours a day. When we are home, he has access to the areas we are in. Here is what we did to help our own frustration. We went to the store and bought a kitty litter box, just the bottom. I bought plastic zipped pillow covers and put one over a pillow. I put a pillowcase over that. I put the pillow in the plastic litter box. Now, instead of a whole dog bed, I only have a soiled pillowcase to wash every day. It has saved my washing machine from the stress of washing his dog bed and the problem has now become only a minor annoyance. I can live with this. I don’t understand this behavior but he is a dog and we love him and we simply tried to figure out a way to live with him in peace. Sometimes that is all you can do; figure a way to live with a problem the best you can. 😀

      • Kara says

        I have a very similar situation with just a few different details. I just got my pup about a month ago. He is a year old. Before he came into our family he was often left in his kennel for long periods of time and didn’t get much attention. Here, at our home, he is very loved and has plenty of attention from my children and I. He sleeps outside the crate in my bedroom. He’s always outside the crate except for when we leave or I go to work. I don’t work long shifts. I let him out in the morning, again late morning, and make sure hes out just before I go to work about 12:20pm. I only work until 5. Often it takes me until almost 6 to get home. So he’s in the kennel 12:20-5:45 ish. He almost always pees in his kennel/crate. Then I have to immediately take him outside let him pee again and take him inside and give him a bath because he sat in pee and his white fur is full of yellow nastiness. Then I have to brush him because he’s maltese/poodle and doesnt shed so has to be brushed, then I have to clean the crate with disinfecter. When we are home, he can go hours and hours without going outside to potty. Couple times I was sick and slept for almost 12 hours and he slept with me and would only go out when I had to get up to do my business. He lasts 8 hours a night without going to the bathroom. So it’s only in his crate from those time frames. Its such a hassle, so annoying to me that I have to go through bath, brush, clean crate almost every day. I swear he just is mad that we are gone. This really is his only problem. The first day he was with us he did mark his territory around the house a few places. Since then he has not he felt remorse and stopped doing it – plus I had him neutered pretty quickly which may have helped. I could get a smaller crate but I feel so bad that he has to be shoved in a tiny kennel for 5/6 hours. I do no put anything in there. I once tried a potty pad and he shreds anything possible if near the crate or in the crate.
        SO FRUSTRATED! Love him, cannot ever get rid of him, wish I had a solution.

        • says

          One thing you might try is asking a friend, family member, neighbor, or dog sitter to come by the house to let your puppy out of the crate for a walk/play time. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training!

  28. Kate says

    My five month puppy is peeing in her crate. She only seems to do this when we’re home and stands over it and waits for us to clean it up. We’ve tried making it smaller, removing bedding, and she has been to the vet. She’s never in the crate too long when we’re home. She just doesn’t seem to be making the connection. Help!

    • says

      One thing we do when training our puppy is always try to make sure he is successful and then let him know. When working with the crate if our pup is having accidents then we take a step back and shorten the amount of time we leave him in his crate. Maybe start as short as 5-10 minutes. After that time we take him out and take him directly to his potty spot. Plenty of praise when he goes in his regular potty spot. Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your training.

  29. tia mchatten says

    I am at my wits end and was wondering if anyone else had ever had this problem… I got a GSD puppy at 8 weeks, she is 12 weeks now, if someone is home she goes to the door and sits and waits to be let out to go potty. At night/daytime crate times it is a different story…. she used to pee every night on her blankets, I bleached and washed them and she still peed. I removed the blankets so let her sleep on her hard plastic bottom, she still pees and lays in it no matter how many times I take her out at night! Before anyone suggests crate size she barely has room to turn around… I limit her water through the day and no water now 4 hours before bedtime, nothing works and obviously you can imagine that scent in that room, she howls to let us know at night for pooping but not peeing, just lays right in it. Help!

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! Something I’ve recommended to others is to take a step back and start over on your crate training. First, make sure your entire crate is clean by using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle to remove any scent of urine. Second, put her in the crate for short periods of time and let her out for her potty breaks before she has a chance to have an accident. In the evening you might try setting your alarm to let her out several times in the middle of the night to relieve herself. Good luck with your training!

      • tia mchatten says

        thanks, but I have already tried evrything, as well as took her out 5 times during the night and she still peed and pooed and just laid in it. no thanks, I had to give her 2x daily baths for a month straight this has been happening. I limit water and did everything I was supposed to. Oh well.

  30. says

    my 1 year old boston terrier never once went in his crate. we got him at just over 8 weeks old. me and my girlfriend are away from home 10-12 hours a day for work. even at 8 weeks he held it in 10-12 hours in the crate no problems. my dachshund on the other hand is 9 months old now and still every now and then goes in the crate. i would suggest that every puppy is different with how long they can hold it.

    • says

      You are exactly right that every puppy is different. We’ve raised mostly Labrador Retrievers for the guide dog program and even within the breed they are all very different. I currently have two dogs at home and one can hold it all day the other one I worry about when he’s home alone for more than 4 hours. Every dog and puppy is different.

  31. Melissa says

    My puppy is 10 weeks old and we will take him out, he won’t do anything, and then pees in his crate immediately when we bring him back in. How do we break him of that? He is in a large crate, but he is peeing in the same place as he sleeps. I’m totally frustrated.

    • says

      Sorry for the late response. If he’s in a large crate I’d get a smaller one just large enough for him to stand up and turn around. Also, I would take a step back and work on shorter time periods in the crate getting him in and out without an accident. Try to have small successes with your puppy then increase from there. Good luck with your training!

  32. Kayla says

    I have done all of these things and still my 10 week old continues to pees in her kennel. Every morning I wake up and she is sopping wet. I have confined her to a very small.space in her kennel and she doesn’t stop. It’s becoming very frustrating and I am running out of ideas.

    • says

      As I’ve told others you can try taking a step back and starting smaller. Maybe just get your puppy to stay in her crate for 10-20 minutes without an accident, get her to her potty spot, and if she potty’s give her tons of praise. Once she’s mastered 10-20 minutes increase to a longer period of time. Good luck with your training!

  33. Cody says

    Hello, my puppy is around 9 weeks old, she does fine overnight her problem is when I come home or wake up and she’s in the crate she starts peeing (I think from excitement) I take her out immediately but she continues to do it. Suggestions?

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! We’ve had some of our puppies have the same problem. When our pups have accidents out of excitement we do our best to remain as calm as possible when getting up in the morning, when coming home, or anytime where our puppy might get excited. The more excited we get the more excited puppies get and then accidents occur. In our experience remaining calm helps, but also it takes a time for your puppy to mature and gain better control of her bladder.

  34. Jess says

    We’ve had our male Labrador retriever for two months now and he has gone through many stages- both good and bad.

    Let me start off by saying the first week we had him, he might have had two accidents in the house. That escalated as he got more comfortable in his environment, but we worked diligently to get him motivated to go outside. When he needs to poop, he sits at the door (and I am very happy for this), however he does not go to the door when he needs to pee– I take him out every sign he gives that he may need to pee (sometimes I don’t even get a sign but rather just guess) however he typically will be playing with a toy and randomly get up and walk a few feet away and pees in the floor. I don’t understand it.

    Recently he has begun to pee and poop in his crate (both overnight and while we are away). He is getting over a parasite where I don’t think he could hold it well. Now he is better, but continues to have accidents regularly. He is also peeing very frequently (every ten or fifteen minutes and in very small amounts).

    I’m not sure if his habits have just gotten out of control or if he has a UTI or bladder infection. Are there any safe/natural remedies for him if he does indeed have an infection? Vets bills are racking up and I’d prefer not to take him to get more medication if it can be treated naturally.

    Also, I do believe he has too much room in his crate, so may try to put him in his travel crate for a while. I am just afraid it is too small for him. He can fit in it and lay down/stand but not much else.

    Any advise woule be greatly appreciated!

    • says

      Congratulations on your new puppy! When puppies are young they tend to pee every few minutes when they play.

      If your puppy is having some issues holding it when in the crate you might need to take a step back and shorten the amount of time you put him in the crate both at night and during the day.

      If he has had a parasite, bladder infection, or UTI then this could be causing problems and you should take him to the vet. Sorry I don’t have any home remedies.

      “He can fit in it lay down/stand but not much else.” – That’s exactly the size you want his crate to be.

      Here are a couple other articles that might help you:

      http://puppyintraining.com/crate-training-puppies/
      http://puppyintraining.com/how-to-potty-train-a-puppy/

      Good luck with your training!

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