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Please help with potty issue.
We have been having a slowly escalating issue of potty training regression with Twinkle. She has been pooping in her crate in the night. This started a few months ago on a very sporadic basis, but it is becoming a regular occurrence now. Strangely enough, this happens only in the night and that too only pooping (Unfortunately Lola has also done it a couple of times now. I guess a learned behavior?)
During the day we rarely have issues and she will let us know in very subtle ways if she has to go out. Their last trip out is really late in the night, after 12. (my husband is a night owl), so we feel she really has no reason to go in the crate. The worst thing is she never lets us know that she needs to go. She used to before, then she started to wait till the alarm went off ( at 7.00 am) and now she doesn't make a peep, just sits in the crate waiting. Also, it's like she has absolutely no idea that pooping in the crate is not a done thing. She will bounce out of the crate, run to the door and as soon as the door is opened, she will rush out and do her morning business (Lola on the other hand if she messes up in the house, immediately will go skulk in a corner).
And yet to date,Twinkle has never peed in the crate or house, day or night.
Earlier, once they went into the crate, they would stay quietly till 8 in the morning when I used to take them out ( right after kids left for school) and they never soil led the crate.
On a related note, Twinkle is a very poor eater, so I used to put a bit of topping on her food and I thought maybe that is causing the tummy issues, but now with nothing other than her regular food,it is still the same. They eat wellness core for small breed grain free.and after googling, my husband insisted I feed them at 5 ( she used to eat much later, since she seemed more inclined to eat later in the night), but the change in time has made no difference.
Sorry this is so long winded, but if wanted to explain all the factors so you experienced people will have a better idea of what to suggest.
Please help. What are we doing wrong?
Last edited by AnnaM; 05-15-2014 at 02:39 PM.