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It has been a week since Coco is with us. She is doing well in general. During the day, she had 2 accidents so far in a week, but on the floor. Both times it was because I did not keep track of the time.

She has been sleeping 6 hours straight at night. I thought that was great, I never woke her up if she is sleeping. For night we use a small carrier, so it is much smaller than the crate that is in kitchen area for day time use.

Last night I slept through her scratching the door and barking. I was on call, got paged hundred times earlier and was really tired. I did wake up, may be 15 mins too late and she had peed in the crate. I got her out, gave her a nice warm bath because she was wet all over. Now I have decided to put alarm for 2 am as she sleeps at 9:30
But my questions is, with that one incident, is she going to not hold and pee in crate thinking its ok? I feel terrible..
I was reading Ollie's moms response on one thread, she uses divider to create potty area. I liked that. I was not using pee pads because we have a big dog and there is no way she is not going to follow him and they love to play together. So it is hard to keep her away from rugs etc. So far the two accidents were on floor not on carpet/rug

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Molly peed and pooped in the crate a few times after I got her. I took out stuffed animal and bed I had in there and just left a thin blanket. As long as the crate is small enough they catch on pretty quickly and stop soiling. Molly had to be taken out during the night for a while but she always whined if she had to go out.



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When my guys were pups, I used a larger crate. I put a pee pad in the back for emergencies and a bed in front. They only used the pee pad a few times when they had diarrhea. They didn't like going in the crate but it was better than nothing when they needed it. I also got up in the middle of the night and took them out until they were older.





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Ok, so I will get up in the middle of the night, no problem, I will response to alarm more than the tiny cutie's whining. I bought pee pads for our first dog, but never had to use them because he was able to hold it and preferred to go outside anyways, in fact he is very particular about his 'spot'
In 6 mths or so I am thinking of leaving her with my dog in basement, because I know she likes to hang out with him. It will not be fair to have her in crate and him roaming around. It will be max 4 hours. Do you think it is a good ideas to train for pee pads now so I can always leave that for her just in case?

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In 6 months she should be able to hold it for 4 hrs. You don't need to train to a pee pad. I always had them for emergencies, but my guys rarely needed them.





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It has been a week since Coco is with us. She is doing well in general. During the day, she had 2 accidents so far in a week, but on the floor. Both times it was because I did not keep track of the time.

She has been sleeping 6 hours straight at night. I thought that was great, I never woke her up if she is sleeping. For night we use a small carrier, so it is much smaller than the crate that is in kitchen area for day time use.

Last night I slept through her scratching the door and barking. I was on call, got paged hundred times earlier and was really tired. I did wake up, may be 15 mins too late and she had peed in the crate. I got her out, gave her a nice warm bath because she was wet all over. Now I have decided to put alarm for 2 am as she sleeps at 9:30
But my questions is, with that one incident, is she going to not hold and pee in crate thinking its ok? I feel terrible..
I was reading Ollie's moms response on one thread, she uses divider to create potty area. I liked that. I was not using pee pads because we have a big dog and there is no way she is not going to follow him and they love to play together. So it is hard to keep her away from rugs etc. So far the two accidents were on floor not on carpet/rug

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It has been a week since Coco is with us. She is doing well in general. During the day, she had 2 accidents so far in a week, but on the floor. Both times it was because I did not keep track of the time.

She has been sleeping 6 hours straight at night. I thought that was great, I never woke her up if she is sleeping. For night we use a small carrier, so it is much smaller than the crate that is in kitchen area for day time use.

Last night I slept through her scratching the door and barking. I was on call, got paged hundred times earlier and was really tired. I did wake up, may be 15 mins too late and she had peed in the crate. I got her out, gave her a nice warm bath because she was wet all over. Now I have decided to put alarm for 2 am as she sleeps at 9:30
But my questions is, with that one incident, is she going to not hold and pee in crate thinking its ok? I feel terrible..
I was reading Ollie's moms response on one thread, she uses divider to create potty area. I liked that. I was not using pee pads because we have a big dog and there is no way she is not going to follow him and they love to play together. So it is hard to keep her away from rugs etc. So far the two accidents were on floor not on carpet/rug

Thanks!
First, I DON'T think that one accident in her crate is the end of the world, espescially since she DID try to wake you, and you cleaned everything up well afterwards. It happens.

I really REALLY think it's a bad idea to teach a dog that it's OK to eliminate in their crate, even if it is divided. This goes against everything you want them to learn.

I have RA, and often go to bed early. And I REALLY need my sleep, or it can cause a flare. So what we did with Kodi is set him up at night in an expen with his crate (open) in one end, and his litter box in the other end. That way he could eliminate if he needed to, without waking us. But his CRATE was still for sleeping, and always kept clean.

He stayed in this set-up at night for two years, until we remodeled the house. We took his pen down because it was in the way during the remodel, and he clearly didn't need it any more. I really think this is a better choice than waking yourself up with an alarm clock. It's better for you to get your sleep, and it's better for his training. While you want him to be able to relieve himself when he needs to, you also don't want to train him into needing to go to the potty in the middle of the night.


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I see what you are saying. I did get up at 1 am , did not read your response till now. As school is over my daughter wanted to take care of her, but she is almost 11 so will not go out at night. She is good with waking up with her whining though. Last night I did not give coco that chance. Thank you for your response
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We have been going to bed around 10-11pm and she usually cries at 4:30 or so. That is a good 5 hour, may be 6. At age 11 weeks that is good. I think one accident in the crate is ok. They don't like sitting in pee or poo. For now go with 5 hours and when you hear cry then take her out.

Last night we took our girl out at 1:30, and again at 4:40. That is life and we are getting used to it althought we don't love it. It prepare us for a real baby :-)

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pee in the crate

We have an ongoing problem with this. Sophie is 18 months old and when we are not home will sometimes pee - in her crate, even though she is not crated during that time. She also will pee and or poop on occasion at night, but not very often.
She seems to think the crate is the designated place to pee if she can't go outside and we don't know how to fix this.
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