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We have a 3 month old beagle who keeps pooping in his crate.

We'll let him outside to potty, and he'll still go inside his crate.

For instance, tonight he ate dinner, pooped and peed, and then an hour later we put him in his crate to go to dinner. Come back an hour later to poop everywhere.

HELP!
 

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this sounds cruel, but i watched this work.
leave him in the crate with his poop for a couple hours.
then if he does it again, longer.
and again longer!!!
i know a lady (my trainer)who left her dog in the crate for 6 hours with poop.
it never did it again.

BUT, it may be the little guy is having a potty problem of a different sort. a 3 month old should be able to go 2 to 3 hours without a bm.

can you watch him OUT of the crate for 2 or 3 hours and see if he goes that much, that may help decipher if it is a mental thing or a potty problem.

just my 2 cents.
im no expert.
 

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When he's out of the crate, he doesn't go like that, so I have no idea. But then again, when we're putting him in the crate, he still might have a lil #2 in him. That's what I don't understand. We think he's got it all out of his system, leave him, and BOOM! The lovely odor of poo.

Bernie HATES being in his crate with poop. He absolutely hates it. He spazzes out even more.

The whole crate training thing has been tough.
 

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How big is your crate? If it is too big for him that may be a reason why he is going in it. If they know they can go to the bath room in it and then just lay at the other end they will.
 

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Some dogs just don't respond well to crates. 3 months old is still rather young, so this is still a great opportunity for you to maintain the positive reinforcement him when he DOES potty outside. When you leave him alone in the crate, does he let you leave without much protest? Pooping and peeing can be indication of separation anxiety as he may be freaking out about you being gone. Java did that a lot when he was younger but I was able to work through it with separation anxiety remedying training.
 

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Do you have a schedule for your dog? When we brought Bodie home at 8-weeks I created a puppy schedule and posted it on the fridge so everyone knew his feeding, potty and walking schedule. By having this consistent schedule we had very few accidents. Bodie became accustom to the schedule and could hold it until the next potty break. In fact, to this day Bodie has never pooped in the house.

So I would create a schedule planning potty breaks a couple hours after eating, drinking and playing. If possible I would also not feed him prior to being crated for any period of time.
 

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Had the same problem with Charlie. He went out about every hour when we were home. He grew out of it. Constant taking outside and treats upon elimination and he will only go in the house now if he has been scratching for an hour and we ignore him. We got tired of cleaning his crate all the time so we sectioned off a part of the house that is all tile with a gate. The crate was in there for sleeping and if he had an accident it was on the tile.

I don't think he has pooped in the house since he was 5 months.
 

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I wish I could offer some advice about your pup pooping in his crate, but I'm here asking for help, too.

Abby (3 months) still pees in her crate sometimes. We take her out throughout the day and night (never more than 3 hours apart unless we aren't home and then she's in the bathroom) and she pees then we put her in her crate and she pees again sometimes. She absolutely hates to be in her crate and goes nuts if one or both of us leaves the room.

We've tried to give her treats when she pees outside to reinforce the behavior, but she just ignores us and the treat.

We've wondered if she's experiencing separation anxiety...Java & Lilo - how does separation anxiety remedy training work?

Also, several nights when she was about 8 weeks old, she slept through the night. Now, however, we have to take her out at least once around 1:30am (we go to bed at 10pm and get up at 5:30am) and most nights during that outside visit, she poops. One night I let her cry and go back to sleep thinking we had trained her to wake us up at night and maybe she should be able to hold it...when I got her out the next morning, she had peed in her crate.

I'm so sorry this post is long...I've just had this on my mind for a few days and was glad to see that someone had already started a thread about it.
 

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Originally Posted By: Abby 01/15/09
We've wondered if she's experiencing separation anxiety...Java & Lilo - how does separation anxiety remedy training work?
As with other training, consistency is the key. It's critical to keep your coming and leaving very very low key. You'll also need to discover that activity/toy/treat that is irresistible to your beagle. When you leave, it's important to keep them occupied by that treat/toy to distract them them your act of leaving. It's good practice to start with being away for small periods of time and gradually add to that.
It was definitely a very long process for Java to get used to, but as Brien mentioned above, a consistent schedule really really helps. Our little furballs really do have an internal calendar/clock and they know/expect events.
 

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Here is my training methods to puppy potty training. I have been training dogs for over 4 years now, so hope that this will help. Let me know if you have any questions.

Does the dog free feed? Feed the dog 2 times a day, and only leave it out for 20 minutes. If he has not eaten, then that's his problem. Usually a dog will have to poo 10-20 minutes after eating (and playing and napping). This will help with irregular bathroom breaks, and will get him more on a routine. Routine is KEY!There should always be water available for the dog to drink, but since it's a puppy, there needs to be constant attention...it's harder to break a dog unless you catch him in the habit. For example, when he walks out of your site, follow him. You should be watching your puppy anyways until he is fully potty trained in the first place. If he goes to squat and pee, PICK HIM UP and tell him no! (HE WILL STOP PEEING), then emediatly take him outside and tell him your word for bathroom go potty, and praise him when he is done. There is no point in disciplining a dog when the potty accident has already happened. You never want to punish a natural function.

I did this with my beagle, and she has been pottry trained since 3 months. Never had any poop accidents EVER, and only 8 pee pee accidents in the house.
Also, make sure the crate is not too large. The pup should only be able to stand and turn around, not really walk around in. I bought a traveling kennel from Pets Mart instead of those black wire cages with the sliders on the bottom.
 

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OMG! Why didn't Beagles for Dummies tell me this?!?!?

THE RADIO!

My crate pooping Bernie no longer poops! All we do is leave the radio on! He's perfectly fine!

The first day I tried it, I left for about 3 hours with my mom. When we came back to my place, I said, You're going to love all the poop! She kept reassuring me that there wouldn't be any poop. She was so right! The lil turd didn't do anything!

It's even great at night when we put him in the crate. He whimpers a lot less.

In fact...when we come home, he's pretty quiet!
 

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Hey, that is awesome!!! Congrats!

We read Beagles for Dummies, too, and have found that they left ALOT of stuff out. (Not that any book is perfect, but you know what I mean...)
 

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We read two different books on beagles prior to getting Chica. Neither said a thing about the anal glands. My wife got quite the surprise on that one when Chica was on her lap once and those glands let go. That was one day I was glad to be at work.
 
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