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Old July 6th, 2010, 11:14 AM
wheatenmom wheatenmom is offline
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4 month old puppy started peeing in crate

Hi,

I have a 4 month old wheaten puppy. We brought him home at 10 weeks and started crate training immediately. Like all puppies, he had occasional accidents around the house (but NEVER in the crate). We are diligent about bringing him out first thing in the morning, right before work, a walker comes 2x during the (although that has stopped as of this past month because I am off for 2 months in the summer), right after work & then before bed. Up until 2 days ago he has been doing very well...but I made sure to not get too excited because I know puppies often regress & 'forget what they learned'. Yesterday, I came home & caught him in the act of peeing IN HIS CRATE I immediately got him to stop (we use a can of pennies to startle him) & took him outside. This morning, I woke up to find that he had peed in the crate again & it bothered him SO little that he slept in his own mess.

I know he is still very young and accidents are to be expected...but that isn't my concern...I'm stressed about the fact that he is now having accidents in his 'den' when this was never an issue before. I don't think it is a bladder infection because he can still hold his bladder for quite some time (usually 4 hours but after the past couple of days I'm going to go back to 3).

What are your experiences with puppies regressing, how can I get my dog to consider his crate his den again...like I said before, I don't get worked up if he has an occasional accident in the house (I wouldn't get mad at a baby for going in his diaper so I can't get mad at my dog if I didn't watch him & he went in the house)...I don't like that he went in his crate because I think that goes against what SHOULD be happening.

Thanks in advance for whatever help you may be able to offer
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