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Unread 08-06-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default 7 month old peeing in Crate. Help

Our 7 month old, Olde English Bulldogge continues to pee in her crate at night. It does not matter what is in the crate with her, whether it be a towl or bed for comfort or nothing at all. She continues to pee. She is let out around 11:00pm everynight and we wake her up around 7:00am. Within this time she goes. I thought puppies don't want to mess with where they sleep? Is there any suggestions to help with this?

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Does she like her crate? Does she go in during the day for a nap?

I was always under the impression that dogs wouldn't soil their crates and touch wood, our 9 week goes in their all night from around 11 pm till 6.30 in the morning with no mess.

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Stop giving her water a little earlier.and take her out just before bed,if it's hot and she drinks she really can't hold it till morn.
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Hello bice24 and welcome to the forum.
At 7 months your pup should be able to hold it all night but there could be a problem. One has to do with training (is your pup housebroken and otherwise good about "going" outside?) and the other has to do with a possible UTI.
Can you tell us more? How long had you had the pup?
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We have had our puppy since about 10 weeks. She is completely house broken. She's also been tested for a UTI. She goes into her crate every weekday at about 8:30 when my wife leaves for work. I come home about noon each day to let her out and lay outside for a bit. She then goes back in the crate around 1:00pm. She sometimes has an accident in the crate in the later after noon but that seems to be getting better. She is back out of the crate at 5:30 when we both get home.

She does chew on a rawhide quite a bit and that forces her to drink a ton of water. We may have to take the rawhide a way or at least at an early time. Maybe the same with the water.

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I would try limiting her late night water. If there's a way to shorten the time in the crate, I'd try that too. Or, get up once in the middle of the night to see if you can determine the max time you've got to leave her in the crate & adjust her water schedule accordingly. I don't like the idea of completely limiting water but would leave just a 1/4" or so instead.
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hi i had same problem with my akita pup she only used the crate at night or if i nip out but it was only at night she peed in crate, i was also under the impression that they dont soil there sleeping compartment but she did and house smelt too,
i spoke to old guy i know who has 7 akitas and he said it is because she dont like being confined to cage at night,all well and good but i thought if i get rid of cage she will pee and chew my house up.
well i could not believe it we did get rid of cage and she never peed in house again it did not stop the chewing but hey one thing at a time.
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You may well be right, rawhides always cause my dogs to need to drink a lot, how about substituting for a frozen stuffed kong or raw bone?

Personally I think to be crated for a majority of the day and then again at night is far too long for a 7 month old dog. Could you leave the crate with the door open in one room (bathroom or similar?) perhaps now during the day so your dog can at least move around a bit?

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i would also suggest taking away the water a little earlier, or if you still dont like the fact of taking away water...just put an ice cube or two in her dish that way she gets water but not A TON!
when my pups were house training and crate training they didnt get any water past 8 or so at night, that way the last couple "pees" of the night is basically just finishing off whatever is left in their bladder, then of course gets water first thing when they wake up.
this kind of also goes in hand with "free feeding" which im not a fan of, thats prolly why i take it away so much earlier, but now that they've all been trained and havent had any accidents in quite a few months...i feel more comfortable giving them water up until the time i put them in their crate for the night!
Another possibility could be...is the crate too large for her? I always bought the bigger crates so they can grow into them, but the dog should be able to stand up , turn around and have enough room to lay down...no more.
Even the extra space could be the problem your pup has distinuishing which part is her "bed" and which part isnt?
just a few suggestions! Hope everything clears up soon!
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