12-11-2017, 03:04 PM
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| | 6 Month-Old Boxer Pup soiling in crate
I am a first-time dog owner of a 6 month old boxer/lab mix puppy. He is house trained in the sense that he will not go to the bathroom in the house and sleeps 8-10+ hours through the night without going potty. Usually, there is someone home with him during the day while I am at my 9-5 job, however the last couple of weeks we have been trying to crate train him as no one has been home.
For the first few days, he was doing good - no pee or poop in the crate. Then - feeling sorry for leaving him home alone so much - I got him enrolled in doggy day care. I brought him to day care for two days in a row, then had him back in the crate for a day. When I had him back in the crate, I came home to poop and pee in the crate. I felt SO awful that he had been sitting in his own feces for hours, that I was brought to tears. Since then, he has peed in the crate twice. I have stopped putting blankets/pillows down, because I've had to wash so many.
I have done extensive research on how to crate train and have been following all directions. Such as, allowing him to enter the crate on his own, giving him special treats and tons of praise when going in the crate, and easing into the amount of time he's been in there. What am I doing wrong?
If someone could please assist me, I'd REALLY appreciate any input!