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Old 09-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Potty training question

I have a female pup (Arabella) that's about nine weeks old (actual age unknown since we got her in a crazy, unplanned way). We also have a 5 year old border collie male (Artimus).

Both dogs sleep with us in bed at night (well Artimus eventually moves to the floor as Arabella is restless). The puppy does GREAT with potty training at night. We take her into the bathroom with us when we get up and she piddles/poops on a potty pad, on command. No accidents in the bed **knock on wood**!!!! During the day is a different story though. She not only pees in her crate but poops too. Even if she's only been in there for ten minutes. Is she just too young for crate training? Can you offer some advice on what to do for the six hours we are at work?

Both dogs go into separate crates. And we've only been crating for a few days; up until this week we had a puppy sitter who stayed with them all day but school started so she's unavailable.


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If she's going to the bathroom in her crate it might be too big for her


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IMO 6 hours is a is a long time for a 9 week old (as well as the crate might be too big) Can you get a dog walker to pop in for a few more weeks? I am sure others will chime in who know puppies better than I though

if she can do more than spin around in her crate its too big. Try putting in a big box or something to shore up some space if its big for her right now. and GREAT job getting them used to the crate and seperated when you are not around.
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i dont know much but i was told "every two hours walk him" when he was 10 weeks.... and he s never had an accident ..... i can leave him in his room for 18 hours and he will not pee.

u invest extra time now u will save time 10 fold in the future
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Puppies are pure management....not many 'tricks' to potty training.

General rule is that puppies can hold it as many hours + 1 as they are in months. In your case, 9 weeks relates to 3 hours. That is max time pup can go between potty breaks.

If your pup isn't keeping a clean crate there could be a couple issues...
1.) Crate is too big as a couple others have said. If pup can defecate and then move away without laying in it then its too large.
2.) Puppy isn't completely empty when put into the crate. You should feed your puppy and offer water at the same time. Once done, take pup outside and allow to go potty. Watch your pup. Some will urinate and then still need to urinate yet again because she doesn't completely empty. And some will have to defecate more than once as well. Depends on pup. You should watch her over a course of a day and see what her general bathroom routine is. No water is necessary in the crate, it just creates a reason to have to pee.
3.) Puppy is relieving in the crate because she is left in there too long. At 9 weeks pups are gaining muscle control and need to strengthen in order to hold for longer periods.

As far as using puppy pads, why don't you skip that and just take her outside right away? If she needs to relieve herself in the middle of the night you can usually alleviate this by limiting water as well as feeding early. I feed all pups no later than 5:00pm and no water after 7pm. This allows the pup time to be completely empty before bed.

I hope this helps you and your pup....she is adorable
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Thank you everyone! Yes our crate for her is huge and I did add a barrier to make it smaller, but perhaps not small enough. Lol.


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