One of a puppy’s greatest milestones is the moment they learn how not to pee in their crates. It makes you so proud and happy as a dog parent, some of you’ll possibly tear up a little.
Puppies are babies — literally and figuratively. And we have a duty to potty train them to create the perfect pee-free home. At some point in your life with your lil bud, you have to set your goal to teach him or her that her home is not equal to the toilet.
It’s often impossible to avoid any encounter with this peeing-in-the-crate problem; you end up trying so hard to come with a solution. So, what does it take to train the small furry animal? What are the things you can do for a “no potty puppy crate?”
If you’re a new pup-parent experiencing the same problem or you’re planning to get one in the future, then the following tips on how to train your puppy to stop peeing in its crate may offer you some great help.
Tips for training your puppy stop peeing in crate
1. Check your puppy’s health
Before anything else, make sure you take your beloved pet to a veterinarian for a proper check-up. You have to be a hundred percent positive that there is no medical issue that causes the potty accidents. It is highly recommendable that you make this your first step or approach.
Keep it in mind that this is necessary, especially when your dog is previously not creating any potty accidents. It is pretty common for dogs to have canine urinary tract infection but are also susceptible to other medical conditions.
Ideally, before your appointment with the vet, observe and take note of your dog during the incidents. Here are some examples of questions that you could be asked:
– How frequent has your dog been peeing in the crate?
– Are there any reasons that you suspect to be the cause?
– Have you changed something on your dog’s diet?
– Is your dog’s urine physically not normal? Bloody or dark?
– Is the odor of your dog’s urine unusual?
– Are you giving your dog some medication or supplements?
2. Clean the crate properly
Now, pay attention to this particular tip because this very crucial. If you’ve been reading other articles about dogs’ naturally-given talent and ability to smell, then you must be well-aware of the fact, that compared to humans, they’re far superior.
If it catches the smell of its pee in its crate, then your dog would keep coming back to that place to do it again. So once a potty is made, clean the crate thoroughly immediately. Emphasis on the word ‘immediately.’
Consider these tips on cleaning your pet’s crate properly:
1. Remove the toys, pillows, or blankets in the crate before further cleaning. Wipe or wash them if dirty — if you think it’s unuseful, better to replace them.
2. Come up with a routine on how you prefer to wash your dog’s crate. Use some mild detergents because strong ones can cause allergies to your pet.
3. Baking soda is recommended for removing unwanted odors.
4. Wash the crate somewhere separated from your dog. Also, do it in a ventilated and open location can make it less hard to do.
5. Get rid of any debris, fluid, or stain you see on the crate. Use methods like vacuuming and wiping.
6. Determine the appropriate steps of cleaning according to the material of your dog’s crate.
3. Adjust the size of the crate
Stand, sit, turn around, and lie down. Those are the things that your puppy should only be able to do in its crate. Don’t make it too spacious for your pup because most of the time it’ll use one side for potty breaks and the other side to sleep.
This step is important, yet not a sure solution for pee-free crates. And don’t feel bad if you think you’re giving your pet an itty bitty space because dogs prefer sleeping spaces like that.
4. Know the bladder’s schedule
Puppies have less developed bladders. They don’t have bodily routines for urinating, which leads to more peeing accidents. Your pup may fail to hold it because they’re still young— also is the bladder. So cut the little fur-ball some slack because it may not be his or her fault that the crate is turning into a potty mess.
A great way to make them used to a proper peeing place is putting it on a pee-able spot every 30 minutes or so after eating or drinking. Don’t scold the poor lil soul, instead, be a supportive dog-parent all the way. It may take some time, but once you get the results you’re aiming for, it’s going to be all worth it!
Additionally, small breeds of dogs are likely to take a pee on more frequent occasions. The reason for that lies in their size too. A small dog has a small bladder, so it’ll take a shorter time for it to feel a potty coming again. What you gotta do is take it on the pee-able spot more often until it becomes accustomed on its own.
5. Follow a meal time-table
Most of the time puppies pee after mealtime. For starters, you can come up with a potty training schedule for your puppy a.k.a. “furry trainee” and start making your pal used to it. This will help you predict the time your pup will pee, therefore, preventing more accidents in the crate.
To help you in your way, I’ll provide you with a simple example of a meal-potty timeline.
1. After waking up – Every beginning day, check your puppy on his or her crate and get him or her outside to do some potty business. Since your youngster is still learning, keeping the crate inside your sleeping area or somewhere near you may help you hear his or her noises — whimpers, whines, or cries, to name a few — during the night when a potty is coming on its way.
2. After eating time – A pup’s first meal of the day comes right after taking the first potty. Set your own time for the meal which you can get done daily. Do this to all succeeding meals your puppy will be having each day. This isn’t limited to food, okay? Keep an eye also to times your dog will drink water, especially if it drinks a lot because this leads to potty breaks too.
3. After playtime, dozing off, and praises – Playtime and naps of puppies are not far from ‘after waking up’ time. These may cause the digestive or urinary tract to work up, resulting in a puppy potty. The praises are for the times that your little friend successfully does it — give some treats or a lot of praising phrases.
Note: A key to this tip is consistency.
6. Associate its crate with food
After freeing the crate with any potty sign or odor, you may proceed to this step. Dogs love food and, just like us, they don’t like eating in the same place they take a poop or pee. They also don’t like it the other way around, hence, this tip!
Start feeding your puppy some delectable treats and food on its crate so that food or eating is what he or she gets used to instead of taking a potty. Plus, they have a thousand times more sensitivity of smell so they’ll surely catch the food stench in the crate rather than some stinky potty.
7. Take note of your puppy’s peeing behavior
If you’re doubting the reason your puppy is peeing on its crate is not normal anymore, you can take the matter to a professional’s hands. But you must make sure you understand what to say to the vet or animal behaviorist.
You can jot down notes, document, film the moments, or record a description of the behavior of your puppy when it’s taking a potty. This will help the vet determine the problem and come up with the best suggestion or solution.
Some examples of unusual actions to look after that may accompany your pup’s peeing are:
– chewing on the crate
– digging the crate
– panting, especially if it’s heavily visible
– excessive licking or chewing of themselves
– uncomfortable pacing
Whether you like it or not, this is part of the house training that every puppy and its owner have to go through. Since you’re given a little to no choice, get yourself well-informed about the issue instead. You can use the tips above to resolve the peeing problem of your puppy.
Don’t expect too much from your pup because that won’t end well for both you and your pet. Play a supportive role, so your puppy feels more motivated to learn. The more you praise it for doing a great job every time a successful potty is made, the more it learns that doing it is the right thing to do.
Always think positive that you’ll get there, not just for you but also for your pet!