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My husband and I have a 7 mo old Boston Terrier, who we absolutely adore. He was the runt of the little, and is definitely smaller and more sensitive than the typical 7 mo old (He weighs 13 lbs). We have had a very hard time house training him, and have pretty much tried everything. Pee pads, grass pads, crate, no crate. He is finally starting to get it, and typically does not have any accidents in the house as long as we take him out every few hours when he is roaming free. BUT, he still can't make it through the night! We take him out at 10pm, and he wakes up crying and barking around 430am like clockwork. He have started ignoring him, and he will pee in his crate (and outside his crate), and continues to bark for the next 2 hours. We set our alarms to take him at at 5am, as we think he should be able to make it until then but pees in his crate before then. Once we does that and starts barking, we feel our only option is to ignore as to not let him think peeing and barking will get him out. We cover the crate with a blanket and have tried giving him towels, bed, shirt to make his comfortable, but he only pees on it. So he now sleeps with nothing in his crate. During the day, he holds it from 7am to 12, then 1230-5. No accidents. Please help! Should be be patient, and hope he learns to hold it and stop peeing in his crate? Should we let him sleep in an enclosed area in his bed? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
 

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Hmm. Sounds like he really has to go to me. I would try a little time and patience with this one. He is a small dog and may need to grow a bit bigger to make it that long. It sounds like you are only about an hour off from where you would like him to be?

Regarding using an enclosed area instead...I'm training a 14 week old Shih Tzu right now and we put him in an exercise pen in our room at night. Some nights he can make it. Some nights he pees on the other side of the pen from where he sleeps. I would prefer he doesn't lie in his own mess. During the day I do normal supervision/crate/tethering.

Maybe try a pen and see how it goes? Where is he sleeping? Is he in your room? I find many dogs are happiest sleeping with their people :)
 

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Thank you for your feedback Kate!

So we have been working with the crate training for 6 mo now, so I think we want to stick with it! Currently, we live in a small apartment and he sleep in the bathroom with the door closed. We use to put his crate next to our bed so he could see us, but we have slowly moved it farther away and he now seems comfortable knowing we are close. I do agree his is happiest near his momma and dad!

I think we will try to wake up around 4am and take him out before he has to go, so he will not be forced to pee in his crate. If he still does after we put him back, we will know he is doing it for attention! We can then try to push the time we take him out later and later until he can go the full night.

Any other suggestions? I just feel like he should be able to go the night by now!
 

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That's a good idea. You don't want him peeing in his crate, that defeats the whole point of the crate!

He's a small dog and you said he was the runt and also sensitive...it might take him a few more months to get the night down, no big deal (other than your lost sleep!).

I think the fact that he is doing well during the day is great, it just means you just have to wait it out for a bit :)
 
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