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Hard time crate training

Hi! We have a 6 month old Havanese and are having the hardest time crate training him. We rescued him at 5 months old; at that point he was living in a cage where he (we are assuming) ate/slept/used the bathroom. We've been pretty successful with housebreaking him, but he still goes to the bathroom in his crate. We've tried everything- giving him a very small space to sleep in, not feeding him 3 hours before crate time, etc., but we still come home to an accident. In the middle of the night I get up every 2 hours or so to let him out of his crate, but by the time we get up around 5:00am there's an accident. He seems to have no problem sleeping in it, which is weird to us since our Australian Shepherd was crate trained in about a week. My husband and I are out of the house from about 8am-4pm, and our dog walker comes at 12:30/1, so he isn't going an absurd amount of time without bathroom breaks.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Also, he's eating his poop, so we'd like to stop that too. Thanks!
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I wish I had some ideas for you, but it sounds like you've already used some good strategies. Have you searched the forum for similar posts? Maybe that would be helpful. Good luck! Your puppy is lucky to have you. (I just looked up your previous post. Pépé is ADORABLE!)

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There is a powder you can add to his food to get him to quit eating his poop. Can't remembering what it's called offhand.
I would search the web regarding retraining a rescue to a crate. My best advise is to give him more space so he always has a way to potty away from his sleep area. Not to scare you but I'm not sure he can be retrained because that was how it was during his formative age.


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I would suggest changing his diet to one with less fill and undigestible or useable fiber. That is usually why dogs have to go potty more than usual. Go for a good quality protein based diet. My pup is 5 months old and his poops are very firm and the size of black olive pits. He only has to go once or twice a day to poo and i feed him three times a day. Do some research on frozen or freeze dried raw diets. I feed Tux Primal. The fact that the feces is small and infrequent means that his body is utilizing the nutrition with very little going to waste. I would at least give it a try. Good luck. Nancy
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