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    House training a new puppy

    Our 4 month old mutt puppy that we have had for 2 weeks has developed a habit of going #2 in it's crate. So much so that I believe she thinks that is where she is supposed to do it. She, Josie, goes to the door for #1 but #2 continues to be a problem.

    Josie is small and will remain small, 5lb maybe. Anyway her crate is actually a small pet carrier and she poops in it every single night. We take away her food 4-5 hours before bedtime and take her outside several times before bed in hopes she'll #2 but she rarely does. Being a very small dog her crate may be a little larger than what she should have but it is the smallest we could find.

    Any thoughts on how to correct this behavior?
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    Make the space smaller, is what I've heard. Never tried it tho'.

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    Put a small box in the crate to make it smaller. A metal tool box works well. Also, get up in the night and let her out to poop. A pain, but better then spending 10 years cleaning a dirty cage. Good luck!
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    Maybe feed her later in the day so that she goes #2 in the morning instead of at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reich17
    Our 4 month old mutt puppy that we have had for 2 weeks has developed a habit of going #2 in it's crate. So much so that I believe she thinks that is where she is supposed to do it. She, Josie, goes to the door for #1 but #2 continues to be a problem.

    Josie is small and will remain small, 5lb maybe. Anyway her crate is actually a small pet carrier and she poops in it every single night. We take away her food 4-5 hours before bedtime and take her outside several times before bed in hopes she'll #2 but she rarely does. Being a very small dog her crate may be a little larger than what she should have but it is the smallest we could find.

    Any thoughts on how to correct this behavior?
    You take away the food? Does that mean she is not finishing it when you put it down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad's Colnago
    You take away the food? Does that mean she is not finishing it when you put it down?
    Not exactly sure, my wife feeds her. I think the puppy usually finishes. Why?
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    If you have to take away food because the puppy isn't finishing then you are feeding the puppy too much. Obviously I don't know what different steps you have taken to train your dog, but this is what I did. You only give your dog a certain amount of time to potty, like 5 minutes. During that 5 minutes it's potty time, and potty time only no playing. The potty time follows eating. Hence the question about food. After she is finished you tell her to go potty, or whatever term you use, and you proceed outside. If the puppy doesn't potty in 5 minutes you take her back inside. Once she shows signs that she needs to go you give her the command to potty and outside you go. When she goes praise her like crazy. She needs to learn that going outside after eating, and when you give the command that it's potty time. I can send my dog outside and tell him to poop and he does. Until he does we don't go for a walk or any play time. Keep in mind your puppy is only 4 months and is still developing control. This isn't going to be resolved overnight. You have to be consistent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Make the space smaller, is what I've heard. Never tried it tho'.
    Yep. Make her crate area much smaller. Dogs don't like to lay in their poop. Worked for us.

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    training is for puppy.

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    One thing that will help puppy to poop is when you take her outside, run her around. Get those bowels a moving and she will poop - then praise.

    After she eats she will need to go unless something is very weird.

    Everyone is correct on make the space smaller and also remove the food after say 15 minutes. Usually with puppies you feed twice a day.

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    Hmmm, our dogs used to poop then eat. But the routine was important!

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    Yep, smaller crate. When you take her outside walk her around as much as possible. Then continue to wait before going inside again. Walking helps a lot. Don't hurry to go back inside.
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    Another tip is to feed the dog at the exact same time each day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    Another tip is to feed the dog at the exact same time each day.
    Excellent point. Dog's find tremendous comfort in a routine.
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    If anyone cares for an update, I reduced the interior space of her crate by half last night and it was the first night in a week or so that she did not poo in it. Coincidence? I hope not. Thanks for all the input.
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