My puppy keeps messing in his crate! help!!?

Question by I ♥ Penguins: My puppy keeps messing in his crate! help!!?
My puppy has been in “crate training” for about 2 weeks, and NEVER had an accident. All of a sudden he’s had 4 accidents in the last 2 days. His crate is small enough so that he can turn and lay down, nothing more. We give him plenty of toys/things to chew on. I just don’t understand how he can go for 2 weeks without a problem and all of a sudden be crapping in his crate! OH and he won’t pee in his crate, only crap. Any advise? Thanks!
no, I give him SO much praise when he goes to his little “potty spot” in our yard, I probably sound rediculous to my neighbors lol.
I understand that he needs to go out at least every 2-3 hours, and that he’s only about 9 weeks old…but I just don’t understand why he would all of a sudden start doing this, esp. since nothing changed…
I understand that he needs to go out at least every 2-3 hours, and that he’s only about 9 weeks old…but I just don’t understand why he would all of a sudden start doing this, esp. since nothing changed…

Best answer:

Answer by Lisa Hutton
Have you stopped praising him for doing his business where he’s meant to?

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RE: Crate training a 16 week old puppy?

Question by Show Breeders Sell Better Pups: RE: Crate training a 16 week old puppy?
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I know that I should know better then this, but i’ve never bought an “older” puppy. Her breeder said she was “almost 100% crate trained” but he failed to mention that she will bark, whine, and cry for hours!

I’ve been keeping Emmy in her kennel as much as I can without overdoing it- She will bark and bark and bark- Putting a chew toy or throwing a blanket over the kennel won’t do anything, she’ll keep going.

am I doing this right? Just ignore her, and that’s it? I’m just about ready to give her a bark collar and let her find out the hard way that barking is unacceptable.

BTW, I *never* had this much trouble with my first pup. We got her at 8 weeks and she was completely silent by 12 weeks, and putting a blanket over the kennel ALWAYS worked.

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Answer by Shepherd Trainer ~FIGHT BSL~
Let her bark her head off til she calms down…it will happen…..eventually…my Rottweiler and younger APBT were Satan in disguise to crate train, but they caught on eventually. My older APBT and GSDs were little angels, every dog is different.

You just have to grit your teeth and bare it, totally ignore her. If you turn and give her any form of attention she succeeded in getting what she wanted, your attention.

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Could I Teach a Dog to Go to its Bed Instead of Crate Training?

Question by Adriana: Could I Teach a Dog to Go to its Bed Instead of Crate Training?
I will be getting a dog soon, a toy maltese, and I’m SO excited and indescribably happy. My only problem is “Crate Training”.I really don’t feel it’s the right thing to do, to just put your dog in a crate and just, leave it in there. I am an extreme dog lover and I would curse out anyone, or even knock them out if they tried to hurt a dog. Even if the dog is homeless, it really doesn’t matter to me. I consider dogs to be part of the family, and family member should not be locked up in a crate. Instead, I would have suggested to teach my soon to be new puppy to “go to his bed, or corner.” My cousin has had her Shih-Tzu dog for about 8 years. Maya (Shih-Tzu) was never crate trained before, and I have to say she is THE best trained dog I have ever met. I am NOT exaggerating. My cousin taught Maya to “go to her bed” when she was getting out of hand. If Maya did something wrong, my cousin took two pieces of paper, rolled them up, and then, not being too hard, spanked Maya on her backside. This to me would definitely be a good form of discipline without being too rough. Maya definitely benefited from this and she did learn not to do what she wasn’t supposed to do. My cousin did have to put a diaper on her for a while when she was younger, but she did get into the habit of going out side after every meal. Now she knows if she ever pees on the carpet, there will be “spankings” or “go to your bed” punishments. I am wondering, are “spankings” and “go to your bed” punishments just as effective as crate training?
Thank you for answering if you did, and I know. I am a complete wuss when it comes time to discipline your dog, especially because I am getting a very tiny one. But, I hope I will just learn how to “man up” and take action, but for know, I’ll do the light spankings and beddy time 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by Britny
Of course you can..its the same principle as teaching it to go to its crate. Just work with him, and if your not sure then just post another question asking how to teach your dog to go to its “place”…where ever that may be and you should get plenty of helpful answers. Good Luck

And just a tip, the bed or crate should NEVER be used as a punishment…There are other ways to discipline your dog, such as a time out which is just as if not more effective. Please keep that in mind, and be sure to never make the bed a punishment or anything negative.

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