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Old 08-09-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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HI,
I have adopted an 11 week old puppy mill dog who had been kept in a crate since birth and allowed to poop/pee in there. Now he poops constantly in his crate during the day (or night)- I have been crate training but I'm wondering if I should try a different training method due to the fact he has always been allowed to use his crate as a bathroom?? Please help!

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Default adopted puppy mill puppy- trouble crate training

HI,
I have adopted an 11 week old puppy mill dog who had been kept in a crate since birth and allowed to poop/pee in there. Now he poops constantly in his crate during the day (or night)- I have been crate training but I'm wondering if I should try a different training method due to the fact he has always been allowed to use his crate as a bathroom?? Please help!
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I fostered puppy mill dogs and it took a while longer, but used the usual crate training methid. Just remember to praise and give treats for eliminating where you want him to. I also gave him bits of pineapple to make his poop taste bad so he wouldstop eating it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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your just going to have to take him out ALOT more frequently, lots of priase ect...
id keep him tethered to you during the day and set an alarm to go out every hour if needed...
he will get the hang of it ifyour persistent.

id continue to use the crate but make sure its ONLY big enough to stand turn and lay down in and use cheap towles ect for beding untill he gets the hang of it.
id even go so far as getting up in the night and taking him out...

once it clicks, youll see the lightbulb go off in his head!
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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At 11 weeks, I took our puppy out every 4 hours and during the night also. A puppy cannot hold it that long. Also, make sure you feed the dog early and don't give snacks/treats before bed. Also, has the puppy been to the vet? If not, I would take the puppy to the vet and discuss the issue with him/her.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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ASPCA - Virtual Pet Behaviorist - House Training Your Puppy Mill Dog

Main trick is to clean them & the crate OFTEN!!
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