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What a mess...any advice?
So, I went through this same thing with my Dane when he was a puppy and I forgot how nasty it is! When my dane was a pup I would crate him and he would throw a fit ALL night and in the morning he would have pooped in his cage and stepped in it and it was everywhere!!! I attributed this to part social anxiety and part possible dirty breeding conditions. This all stopped as soon as I let him start sleeping in my bed...then he was perfectly fine, but still has a bit of social anxiety in him (but not destructive thank goodness).
Well now with Spyke, he seems to act the same way in his pen and for whatever reason, he refuses to poop in his Rascal Dog or on pee pads in general. He cries as soon as I'm out of site and all night long while in pen. However, I have been leaving him in his pen for a couple hours the first night and a few the next night and then I get up and play with him a bit and we usually end up falling asleep in my bed and he will find a corner of the bed to lay in and sleep all night. Anyways, I have no problem leaving him in his pen, but I figured since he's only been with me for a few nights now I'd work him up a few more hours each night. Next week I will be back to work 3rd shift and he will be in his pen while I'm working.
Sorry, I'm rambling...my biggest problem is that he will refuse to poop on pee pads & Rascal Dog, so he poops right next to the thing and then stomps all over it and it gets all in his paws and all over the floor. I came home from a short hour trip to WalMart and it took me probably an hour to clean up the mess. He had poop everywhere in his pen and it was caked all over his paws. I just threw him in the tub with about 2 inches of water and started to clean up the mess and he somehow managed to get out of the tub and I look behind me and there goes Spyke hauling ass down the hallway! LOL I'm just not sure how to even approach this....like I said, my dane outgrew it, but I remember every morning having to drag his crate outside and hose it down while cussing up a storm and cleaning him off. I really don't want to have to do that every morning I get home from work....
Yes, I have tried taking a turd or two and putting it on the pee pad so he know that is where it belongs. My house is always kept clean and the breeders house was VERY clean also...