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Old 11-27-2016, 10:24 PM
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Crate/House training

We have a 3 month old puppy we have had since he was 10 weeks old. We are finally having progress with housebreaking. We take him outside every 1.5-3 hours. We are working on crate training him. He has slept in his crate with the door locked every night since day 1, and won't wake us until morning. He is often in his crate for 6-8 hours without soiling or barking. The crate is next to our bed. We have been trialing him in the crate during the day so we can start leaving him alone. A couple weeks ago we left him alone for 1 hour and came home to a crate full of poo and pee. We assumed we had gone too much too quick. This weekend we tried putting him in the crate for about 30-45 min while we were in the other room. He whined a little and once he started barking we checked on him and he had pooped and peed in there again. Then today we had him in his crate while I was out of view with the tv on and he whined for a minute or two but stayed mostly calm and quiet for 45 min. We tried again tonight with us out of view in the same room for maybe 15 min and he whined a little, then started barking so within 5 min of barking we checked on him and he had pooped. Not sure what we are doing wrong. We feel like we are doing all we were told to do to train him.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:46 PM
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He sounds like he is very anxious
What breed is he?
How big is the crate?
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:32 PM
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He is a labradoodle. The crate has a divider so its only big enough for him to lay down with a little extra wiggle room. We think he is having separation anxiety because he likes to sit with us and follows us when we get up. We are trying to teach him to have alone time but not sure what else we can do. Any suggestions are helpful!
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:19 AM
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Yes Labradoodles are real people dogs
I would keep at it. Start with very very short increments. Do you have any Kongs you could stuff and give him as a distraction? That might be fun.
You're not doing anything wrong. He's really young
That's great that he is with you at night, that is good for him

PS Kind of obvious but make sure he poops before you put him in there

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