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Old 10-25-2018, 12:18 AM
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Please help me, my puppy keeps peeing in her crate =[

I bought my yorkie pup a crate (one meant for an adult labrador). She is 3 lbs and I wanted her to have a larger crate to stretch out and also to play in. She loves her crate, but she keeps going potty inside it!
  1. I only put her in the crate for maximum 2 hours in small intervals throughout the day (30 minutes here and there), she is with me 22 hours of the day.
  2. She doesn't potty on my lap or in my bed, she sleeps with me every night with no accidents.
  3. I have her potty schedule down pat, and always take her outside, accidents in the house are maybe 2% and my fault.
I read that I should put large boxes in the crate to make an artificial wall that would make the crate smaller...and it would make it so she cant potty in such a tiny area. Is there any truth in this? Any thoughts are appreciated, thank you!
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If where ever you got her from kept her in a crate too long and she was forced to potty in it, then she might have what's known as dirty dog syndrome and using a crate will be pretty useless as she thinks a crate is where she should go.

It might also be that the crate is just too large for her and making it smaller will do the trick since she will not be able to pee on one side and sleep on the other.

If you make the crate smaller and she is still pottying in it, one other thing you can try is using an exercise pen with the crate to give her a bit more space. I'd paper the floor with puppy pads if she's not prone to destroying them, so that she has something she's allowed to potty on.
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If the crate is too big, she will pee in it.
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Hi!

It is very important to get the right size crate for your pup during potty training. I understand you want to give your pup the space she needs, but this will not be effective for potty training. It is then better, for example, to get a small crate for the night and the unsupervised moments, and get a playpen around it where your puppy can play around. Be mindful that your pup will still have accidents in the playpen in this case, but if you keep the small crate closed during the naps, she won't go inside!
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In my reading, I found a dog will not pee where she sleeps, but if the crate is too big they will think it's ok away from her bedding but still inside the crate. my crate is the size for a full grown German shepherd, but I made a partition so it was only big enough for his bedding and he does not pee in the crate as a result.
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Hello,
It's good that you want to give your dog enough space. But, too big or too small space. None of them good for your dog. So, try by increasing and decreasing the space and carefully observe when your dog's behavior is like comfortable. It may take little more time for you but very effective.


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