8 month old who poops in crate

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  1. lucysowner

    lucysowner New Member

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    My 8 month old Puppy won't stop peeing/pooping in her crate. Help! This happens almost every time she is put in her crate and left alone. I switched her to a better food several months ago, which hasn't helped. I take her out all the time, which only slightly helps. Even if she has just pooped sometimes she'll still poop in her crate. If I'm in the same room as her, shes fine in her crate, for the most part anyways. As soon as I leave the room or house, she freaks out and craps and pees herself. It has happened in literally two minutes before, where I'll leave her and then she'll be quite for like thirty seconds and I'll go check on her and she'll have soiled herself. I'm home all day so she gets plenty of love and attention and exercise, but as soon as I leave she craps. I take her out all the time too. I don't know what else to do. Her crate is a carrier thats as small as I can get for her. Shes 12lbs and she has the second to smallest carrier available. The smaller one is waaaay to tiny, so its not the crate size. Does any one have any ideas on how to help???? I know a lot of it has to do with her anxiety, but I don't know how to show her I love her any more.
     
  2. What I would do in this situation is set up an area indoors where she can eliminate if she needs to and still be confined.

    An exercise pen would work well. Put down papers, put her bed, toys, etc, in there, and give yourself a break from stressing about her crate soiling.

    Sometimes when things like this are happening a vet check is a good idea too.
     
  3. Gena

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    In addition to what Red mentioned, I would start working the crate as a "training opportunity." This page of this website (http://www.dragonflyllama.com/ DOGS/Levels/ByLevel/2Level.html) has a section on getting a dog to go in a crate. Working it by baby steps and making it seem like the happiest place on earth will go a long way with your dog I think. It sounds like she's just freaked out by being in the crate.

    Also, examine how YOU feel about the crate. I'm sure you're nervous that she'll poop when you put her in there, and maybe feeling a bit guilty. Even if you have to sing "Its a Small World" when you're putting her in there, do NOT allow yourself to feel anxious or guilty. Those feelings transfer SO easily to the dog. So, if you can set it up so she's not going in the crate when you're feeling that way, it will help. The x-pen set up might do a world of good. Also, this won't last forever if you work at it. Don't give her any bedding in the crate right now, as it is one less thing you have to clean up.
     
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    Sounds like separation anxiety to me. Have you done a training class with her, so that yo have a relationship with a trainer?
     

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