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Help! How To Stop My Dog/Puppy From Peeing In The Crate

Dogs are typically very protective over their personal spaces and will not poop or pee where they eat or sleep. This is why crate training is often used as a way to potty train doggies.

However, things do not always go according to plan with some dogs actually having frequent potty accidents within the same crates where they sleep. More often than not, this is as a result of anxiety or other psychological issues. It could also be due to other factors that are more difficult to identify.

Fortunately for you, you are not entirely helpless in this journey of training your doggy to hold their nature calls until the appropriate time and place. We shall take a look at 12 highly effective ways to stop your dog from peeing in their crate including establishing a potty break routine, conditioning with treats, and making their crate cozier.

12. Take Care Of Any Underlying Health Issues

In some cases, your furry best friend may be peeing in their crate because they no longer have control over their continence. This could be due to weak bladder muscles. It could also be as a result of an irritated urinary tract.

Whatever the case, it is important to consult a vet to rule out health issues and treat any that are there. This is the case especially with already potty-trained dogs.

11. Deal With Any Psychological Issues

Another common cause of incontinence in doggies in their crates is psychological issues.

The main one is separation anxiety and could happen when you leave for work or even go to bed in a different room. It could also be due to phobias triggered by things like loud noises.

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10. Get A Smaller Crate

The less space your dog has to work with the less likely they are to pee in their crates. This does not mean stuffing the poor little fur ball into a tiny crate.

This might just aggravate them more and make them more likely to have little accidents. 

Instead, get something with enough space for their comfort but not so much that they feel comfortable going potty in the free space.

9. Use A Pee Pad And Crate Divider

If you already have a large crate and do not want to get another, you could simply divide it up and add a pee pad on one side. This comes in particularly handy if you plan on having the dog in the crate for long periods of time as you go for work.

You should check out the Rocket & Rex Washable Dog Pee Pads for this. Just line one end of the large crate with the highly absorbent and leak-proof pad and clean it up at the end of the day.

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8. Regulate The Dog’s Water Consumption

Another way to prevent your dog from peeing in the crate is by ensuring they have nothing in their bladders to unleash in the first place. This does not mean starving your dog of water to the point of dehydration. Simply avoid giving them water a few hours before they go to bed.

This is especially useful for dogs with anxiety or physical health issues that are causing the incontinence.

7. Clean Up Any Potty Accidents As Soon As They Occur

Dogs are very territorial and without training, they are driven strongly by instincts. This is why they tend to keep peeing over and over again in the crate because they recognize their own scent.

The best way to avoid this is to ensure that you thoroughly clean up the crate after they have a potty accident to discourage them from using it again when the urge strikes.

6. Let Your Dog Out More Often

Dogs pee every 5 to 8 hours depending on the breed and how much water they consume in addition to other individual factors. You therefore cannot expect anything else than a pee puddle if you leave them in their beyond their bladder’s capacity to hold it.

If you are around the house, make sure to let them out frequently to relieve themselves if you want to avoid potty accidents.

5. Try Feeding Them In Or Near The Crate

Remember that it is not in a dog’s instinct to pee or poop where they eat and this is an instinct they stick to very strongly. It could therefore help to associate the crate with food. One way to do this is to pass the dog some treats while they are in there. You could also set up their food and water tray inside or next to the crate.

4. Play With Them While In The Crate

Playing with the dog in the crate is an amazing way to get them more comfortable with the confinements. This will help those dogs who suffer from anxiety associated with the limited space.

You could also include some of their favorite toys as permanent additions to the crate. Hartz Frisky Frolic Latex Squeakable Dog Toy is an excellent option for this case. The latex chew toys will definitely keep them entertained and help work out any pent-up tension.

3. Make Their Crate Feel More Cozy And Homey

Another way to get your doggy comfortable being inside the crate is by making it more cozy and homey. This is especially beneficial for dogs with separation anxiety so they can feel nice and safe even when you are away.

Doggy blankets and pillows would work really well turning it from a cold, metal prison into a fun place to hang out.

You could also get a crate cover to offer more privacy and increase the feeling of security, in which case we recommend the TOPEIUS Dog Crate Cover.

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2. Use Treats To Reward Them For Holding It

Crate training is all about conditioning. You could therefore definitely use treats as a way of training the dog to not go in their crate.

One way to do this is by rewarding the doggy with treats and praise whenever they go potty in the right place and withholding them when they go in the crate. 

As earlier mentioned, the treats also help them associate the crate with food which helps further the cause.

1. Establish A Proper Potty Break Routine

You know your dog best. You know when they eat. You know how often they pee or poo.

And with time, you start to recognize patterns for their potty breaks. Use this information to your advantage to predict when they are most likely to pee in the crate and offer alternative spots before it happens.

It also helps to establish and stick to a potty break routine. With time, this will help train your dog’s bladder. Just don’t make the breaks too far apart.

Related Questions

What Is The Hardest Dog To Potty Train? The Bichon Frise breed is considered one of the most difficult dogs to train. Despite being of pretty decent intelligence levels, these doggies have a very short attention span and can be very stubborn which makes training sessions an absolute nightmare. They also tend to forget their training very easily when excited or anxious which makes potty training these pooches a continuous effort.

Why Does My Puppy Pee In The House After Being Outside? One of the main reasons why puppies pee indoors after being outside is the fact that they do not realize that it is wrong. Plain and simple. The best way to deal with this is to keep them outdoors until they pee. With time, they will learn that outside is the place to go potty and will do it before coming into the house

Do Puppies Pee Where They Sleep? It is possible for puppies to pee where they sleep for many reasons. It could be physical problems like incontinence due to bladder or urethral irritation. It could also be a psychological issue like phobias and separation anxiety. However, with sufficient training or health actions this should not be an issue.

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