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Old 04-19-2013, 12:54 PM
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Dog Always Pees & Poops in Crate at Night

We have a Chiweenie that just turned 1 this month. She does excellent in her crate during the day. My husband and I leave at 8am in the morning to go to work and we get home at 6pm, so she stays in there all day, so that's 10 hours, and she holds it. There's no messes. Now we don't keep any towels or blankets or anything in her crate. She does well when we're at home, we take her out after super, before bedtime. Now at night, she goes in her crate about 11pm and we get up at 6:30am, so that's like 7.5 hours, and she poops and pees in her crate EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. We don't get it. How can she hold her poop and pee during the day for 10 hours in the crate, but she can't hold it for a less amount of time during the day. Can someone shed some light please?
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We have a Chiweenie that just turned 1 this month. She does excellent in her crate during the day. My husband and I leave at 8am in the morning to go to work and we get home at 6pm, so she stays in there all day, so that's 10 hours, and she holds it. There's no messes. Now we don't keep any towels or blankets or anything in her crate. She does well when we're at home, we take her out after super, before bedtime. Now at night, she goes in her crate about 11pm and we get up at 6:30am, so that's like 7.5 hours, and she poops and pees in her crate EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. We don't get it. How can she hold her poop and pee during the day for 10 hours in the crate, but she can't hold it for a less amount of time during the day. Can someone shed some light please?
I think she it spending too much time in a kennel. I it posable to use a bath room or laundry room during the day so there is room to move around. Still keep the kennel in the room but just leave it open during daytime hours. Make sure she also gets lots of exercise when you are home. I would also have the crate at night close to you so you can hear if she has to go out.
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If I leave her in the bathroom so she can move around, she'll poop and pee on the bathroom floor. I know she will and that'll defeat the purpose of potty training her. I do think she gets a lot of exercise as soon as we get home. We have another dog and they play all the time. I don't know.
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I agree that she's spending way to much time in a kennel. She's in there around 17.5 hours and only out for 6.5 hours. It's really no wonder she's peeing and pooing in it.

Think about how you'd feel. In the morning you're given a chance to exercise, eat, and potty, then you are stuck in a little bitty room, with no access to a bathroom, for 10 hours during the day. Then someone lets you out for 6 1/2 hours, during that time you better exercise, eat, use the bathroom and do whatever else you want. After that you are once again stuck in an itty bitty room for the rest of the night, around 7 1/2 hours, once again you have no access to a bathroom, only this time you REALLY have to go....

Set your alarm to wake you up half way through the night and take the poor thing out to potty, or you can go home for lunch and let her out for a potty break, either of those should help with the night time soiling of the crate.
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Do you only work five days a week? How much time does your dog spend in the kennel on your days off? Do you notice a difference in the peeing/pooping at night on your days off when she hasn't been in the kennel that long during the day? I have to agree with everyone else. I know it doesn't seem to make sense that she can't hold it during the night when she can clearly hold it during the day.. But you have to remember you're asking a lot of your dog to be kept in the kennel that long and to hold it. I would suggest the laundry room idea, or you can get an exercise pen to contain her during the day. Then she has more room to move around. If you're worried about ruining house training, you can do one of three things: someone can come home during the day to let her out, you can hire a dog walker to come during the day, or you can buy one of those potty training aids that is a strip of fake grass and put it in the exercise pen/laundry room with her. That way she can differentiate between floor=no potty, grass=potty.

Also, are you removing water from her two hours before bed? If a dog drinks a lot before bed, then sleeps and wakes up, they're really gonna have to go. Remove access to water two hours before bedtime, then make sure she is taken out right before she goes in her kennel. Also maybe adjust her feeding schedule so she doesn't have to go in the middle of the night. I was giving my dog a bedtime snack about two hours before bed, and the vet suggested I increase the amount. It was about a week of me getting up at 3AM to let him out before I decided to cut back to what I was originally giving him, since that extra food was making him have to poop.

Just some ideas! Just remember, there is a difference between what you dog can do and what she should do. She can hold it for ten hours at a time, but should she have to?
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If I leave her in the bathroom so she can move around, she'll poop and pee on the bathroom floor. I know she will and that'll defeat the purpose of potty training her. I do think she gets a lot of exercise as soon as we get home. We have another dog and they play all the time. I don't know.
You would have to put out a potty pad and show her how to use it. This video will help teach her where to go. If she is going in the crate she will start doing it other times and potty training will fail anyway. Plus to do this she must be very unhappy to soil her space.
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