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Hi everyone, here's whats going on. We are taking Diva out every 2 hours between 6am and 12am, she eats at 8 am, noon and 4pm, when we take her outside she'll pee and poop but when she's back in her crate she'll pee as soon as she gets in and when we wake up at 6am to take her out there's poop all over her crate, the crate is adjusted with the divider. any advice is greatly appreciated

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She's almost eight weeks old, according to Jay's first post.

Hmmm.....I'm going to say that this sort of living condition may have been something she lived with before you got her. Some breeders, sad to say, allow their puppies to live in filth, and the pups don't learn that a clean house is a good house. Did you notice anything unusual about her living conditions when you got her?

I still don't understand why some breeders sell their dogs at 6 weeks, when everything I've ever read says that they should stay with their mother until 8 weeks.

Perhaps restrict her eating? Is she getting too much food every time you feed her? Maybe stay out a little longer after she first pees, just to make sure she's totally done? If you are not taking her back outside when she pees in the crate, she may not be learning that she isn't supposed to do it there.
 

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We had a very similar situation with Abby when we first got her (she did not care one bit to pee in her crate and then lay in it)...so I hope I can be of some help to you.

Unfortunately, you are probably going to need to take her out more often than every 2 hours. We were lucky in that my husband worked from home for the first few months after we got Abby and he took her out VERY often. We kept Abby on a schedule, so even if she was asleep, he would wake her up and take her out. OR, if she woke up from a nap and it wasn't actually time to go out - he would take her anyway. We did the same through the evenings, too.

Don't get me wrong - we still had plenty of accidents through much trial and error, but I can honestly say that Abby is almost completely potty-trained now! She is 7 mos old and hasn't peed in her crate for quite awhile now...AND that's including the fact that my husband doesn't work from home anymore, so she's only being taken out in the morning, then at lunch, then when one of us gets home after work. (We do, of course, take her out several times during the evening b/c she's out of her crate and active, so she needs to go more often.)

I would be more than happy to post the schedule we used if you'd like to try it. Just let me know...

And, please do keep us updated - I KNOW how you feel, we were SO discouraged during those first few months. So I will try my best to help and encourage you...
 

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If you aren't going to be able to take her out more often than every 2 hours, let me know. I have other ideas for that situation. :)
 

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thanks, we did not buy her, it was an accidental breeding from one of my employees and was offered up for adoption, we fell in love with her when we saw a picture of her while at the same time we were looking for a puppy. Her living conditions could have been better, my wife is taking her out more often so she is in a way learning but does have her nite accidents which we understand. we are working with Diva and will continue to love her and coach her. any advice is appreciated, abby what other ideas do you have?
 

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Originally Posted By: Diva2009any advice is appreciated, abby what other ideas do you have?
I'm not sure everyone would agree with me on this...but I know someone that this worked quite well for...

If you are unable to take her out very often, take the divider out of her crate and put a pee pad in the back with her bed in the front. Then, if she's going to pee in her crate, at least you are teaching her to pee in a specific place - NOT on her bed.

I'll be honest, this did not work for Abby as she just chewed up the pee pad. However, we only tried it a few times when my husband could not be home all day with her and I could only get there at lunch. BUT, it is something else you can try.

You say Diva still has night-time accidents? Does she cry/whine to let you know she needs to go out? As young as she is, you are probably going to have to plan on taking her out every couple of hours during the night as most puppies can't hold their water that long.

I'm glad your wife has been able to take her out a little more often...hopefully that will help you and Diva!

Please feel free to keep asking questions...again, I've been in your shoes and will help as much as I can.
 

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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.
 

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LOL How many times have you copy and pasted that response, Amber?
I think you've said the same thing like....two or three times in the past few days....
 

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Hahaha i was just noticing that too! Shelby goes out alot because she prefers being outside but won't always do her business- she would rather sniff around. But I do agree with the idea of taking her out after EVERYTHING! Feeding, sleeping, or if she is sniffing around looking like she is going to squat any second.
I guess I shouldn't be giving advice because Shelby has been slacking on house training lately but we can't expect them to know not to go in the house...
 

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I know, lol, cause everyone keeps missing my post at the top of each forum, and asks the same question! lol
 
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