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Does anyone want to offer their house training/crate training methods? We seem to be backsliding and now getting up three times in the night instead of one...

vet visit two days ago--all good and he weighs 12.1

from lack of sleep, Stel and I are trying not to be...


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Jun. 22nd, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe have him checked for a UTI, but my guess is he's just bored and peeing is only the key to getting some attention.

You could ignore him and see if he really needs to go by just letting him go in the crate.

Also, no water after about 8 p.m. (and a nice potty walk about then too)
Jun. 22nd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
he goes right away when he gets taken outside at night...
he does drink a ton of water all evening, he seems to be hot puppy
he has major naps during the day and usually in the evening konks out like a log... with human puppies we figured they needed their sleep cause of all the growing they are doing, but maybe we should be keeping him up til bedtime... which we make around 11pm

doesn't letting him go in the crate set his house training way back?

stella got this house training/crate training down faster... but then we got her when she was a little older
Jun. 22nd, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Boys seem to get almost everything slower than girls.
I think some dogs don't care about pee in the crate, but others really do. If you have one that cares, they'll hold it. Those who don't... welllll. ;)

But yeah, not so much water in the evening will help with the whole needing to pee at night.
Jun. 22nd, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Bender peed in his x-pen regularly when he was tiny, but he was left alone for four or five hours. he has NEVER peed in his crate. Never.

Skeeter, on the other hand, pees in her crate regularly. I've controlled it a bit by not giving her water in her crate when I go to work, and she doesn't get water in her crate at trials, and she only gets it in the car sporadically.

That has helped the crate peeing, but this time of year when it's warm and she's in the pool every day to cool off, I see a lot more crate peeing.

it's disgusting!!! My car sometimes smells like an old folks home!
Jun. 22nd, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Check for UTI - they are really common in puppies and could be a reason for the water drinking. No water after 8PM for a little while.
Jun. 22nd, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
When Beep was a puppy we stopped giving him water at night and we played keep the puppy up. We'd play, poke and prod so he couldn't nap and he slept through the night within a couple days of coming home. Sometimes he'd be so tired he'd just tip over and fall asleep :) Good luck!
Jun. 22nd, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
When you take him out to pee in the middle of the night, put him on a leash, don't talk to him, don't interact with him, don't let him play... absolutely no fun. Let him pee, then put him directly back in the crate.

Even at his advanced age, Forrest will try to bamboozle me to take him out at 5 am. I have to be very careful in determining if he really needs to go out or if he's just in the mood to dink around.
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