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What is Urinating in His Crate?

When a dog is kept in her crate during the day, he may urinate in his space. A dog may urinate in his crate just one time a day, depending on how long he is kept contained. If a dog is kept in his crate all day long or all night, he may urinate several times. 

If a dog is in his crate for a short period of time, he may only urinate one time. This depends on if he has gone outside to the bathroom before he was put in. Also, many dogs feel that their crate is like a “safe haven” and they want to keep it clean; therefore, they may not urinate in their safe place.

If a dog is urinating in his crate, there may be other reasons why. Reasons he may be urinating in his crate include:

  • Improperly trained
  • Prolonged time in crate
  • Anxiety
  • Overactive bladder
  • Urinary tract infection

Why Urinating in His Crate Occurs in Dogs

When a dog is in his crate for a long period of time, he may need to urinate. Other reasons may include:

Improperly Trained

If your dog is improperly housebroken, he may not understand when to go to the bathroom and when to not go to the bathroom. It takes a lot of dedication, time, and patience to train a dog to go to the bathroom properly. If a dog doesn’t know what is expected, and is kept in a crate for a period of time, he may urinate.

Prolonged Time in Crate

If your dog is left in his crate for a long time, such as more than 5 hours or so, he may pee in it. Every dog is different, and some dogs can go without a toileting break for longer than others. However, if you are working dog parent, it is important to not leave your dog in a crate for the day, every day. Many responsible dog owners make arrangements for their dogs in order for them to have the opportunity to go to the bathroom during the day.

Anxiety

If you have an overly anxious dog, he may pee in his crate or in other places around the house. He may become nervous when you leave him in there, and may urinate due to stress or anxiety of being confined.

Overactive Bladder

Some dogs, typically older dogs, may be incontinent or have an overactive bladder. It is important to pay attention to your dog’s bathroom habits, and if he seems to have an overactive bladder then it is very important to take him outside frequently. Keeping him in a crate may cause him to go to the bathroom in the crate.  

Urinary Tract or Kidney Infection

If your dog has a urinary tract infection, he may feel the urge to pee more often than not. He may feel the urges to go to the bathroom, and may pee in various locations around the house. This includes his crate if he is left alone for a period of time. If your dog has stones or crystals in his bladder, this may also cause him to have the urge to pee.

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What to do if your Dog is Urinating in His Crate

If your dog is peeing in his crate, and you feel he has not been in it very long, you may wish to contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will want to know information about your dog’s lifestyle and his environment, particularly his urination habits and how long he is in his crate. Once your veterinarian learns more about your dog, he may choose to do a few tests to check his kidneys and urine.

He may perform blood work, a urinalysis, and a biochemistry profile to get an overview of your dog’s health. Depending on the results of these tests, he will decide on the proper treatment plan.

If your dog has no health issues, your veterinarian may talk with you and give you advice on crate training. He may give you helpful tips on what to do before you put him in confinement and how often to take him outside to urinate. If your veterinarian feels you are keeping him in his crate for too many hours, he will let you know, and may advise you on getting someone to let him out in between that time period.

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Prevention of Urinating in His Crate

There are ways to prevent your dog from peeing in his crate. The main thing you can do is to limit his time in the cage. It is important to be sure your companion pees outside before you put him in confinement, and to not leave him in there for more eight hours, if he is a healthy adult dog. Some professionals recommend no more than six hours. Also, it is important your dog gets an adequate amount of exercise before going into the crate.

Another way to help prevent your dog from peeing in the crate is to keep his regular check-ups and veterinary visits. This will allow you to be proactive in your dog’s overall health and catch any type of urinary tract infection early, if one should start.

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Cost of Urinating in His Crate

For urinary tract infections in dogs, the price may be approximately $350. For crate training issues, and for hiring a behavioral therapist or trainer, the cost may be $350.

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Urinating in His Crate Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Our 5 year old spaniel has been able to hold his bladder for hours. He regularly drinks a lot of water, but has never had a problem waiting until we let him out before urinating. Recently, however, I've been coming home to big wet spots in the carpet. The other night he went 3 times in the course of two hours, once with me standing right next to him (I tried to get him to stop and go outside, and he just looked up at me like he was helpless). We took him to the vet, and his blood work and urine analysis came back normal. Then last night he peed in his crate (which is just big enough for him to fit inside), even though he went out about 6 hours before. I find this very strange since in the years we've had him, he's never peed in the house until now. Also, the urine is odorless, as though its extremely diluted. The first few times this happened I thought that it was just water that had spilled. There have been no changes in his diet or routine, and all of his other behaviors seem normal. Thanks for your help.

Sept. 13, 2018

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I got my Female Yorkie 6 years ago as she was 6 or 7 weeks ago, started crate training at 3 months. I was single at the time and work long hours, she had been crate trained ever since. Mon-Fri I would leave at 6:30 am and come home between 4pm through 6pm. I would take her potty before I left and right when I got home. The only accident she would have is the ocassional throw up from something she ate or was sick (which I would take to vet) About 6 months ago we moved in with my Fiance'. She is a nurse and works different hours and days that i work. Since we moved in someone (my Fiance' , her son or my son) is usually home, but the days that no one is home and she goes into her crate she freaks out, neighbor would call me and say it sounds like shes being beat, barking excessively, yelping/crying. Now she is going potty in her crate almost daily. When one of us comes home she is overly excited and is panting severly for first 10 mins then Normal. She is taken out several times a day, always taken out prior to going in crate and right when we get home. I believe it might be seperation anxiety. At night she will hop in bed with us to lay down until its time for us to sleep, I tell ber its bedtime and she jumps off bed and goes directly into her crate. She will sleep with out any issues, when I wake up in the mornings, I take her out to go potty and put her back in her crate until my Fiance' gets up and again no issues. But during the day no matter when she goes into the crate as someone leaves and it does not matter for how long (30 mins thru 4 hours tops) she barks like crazy and pee's in her crate. I am clueless as to why this is going on. Up until I moved in with my Fiance' shes always has been great in her crate. She gets plenty of exercise, I take her on nightly walks, she has her stuffed baby that she plays fetch with for hours at a time. The only other thing I have noticed is her eating habits, I used to give her a few treats in her crate prior to me going to work, and right after i took her potty. Her food would sit in her bowl and she would nibble here and there, now my Fiance' gives her food when she wakes up and again at dinner time and she scarfs her food within seconds of hitting her bowl, not sure what this is about. Shes never really gets dinner scraps outside of the ocassional chicken or hamburger meat I will toss her as I am making dinner, but I have been doing this since she was a puppy. Please help, she is worrying me all the time.

Aug. 22, 2018

Molly's Owner

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This does sound like separation anxiety and may have been triggered by the move to your fiance's home or due to another causes; there is no single perfect way to correct this issue and you should look through the article below for guidance on different methods you could try. Also near the bottom of the article there is a section where you can ask a certified dog trainer a follow up question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety

Aug. 23, 2018

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FLO

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I have a 7 month old German Shepard, I put her in the crate during the day when I am at work because she tears up my house otherwise. When we wake up I feed her and wait 30 min (taking away her food and water 30 min before her walk) I take her on a walk and she pee's and poops. Then I put her in her kennel (after approx 20-30 min walk) and she pees in her kennel and sits in it all day. I am totally stumped, I know it's not cause she doesn't go potty at night when she is sleeping in my room and I sleep for 8-9 hours. I just don't understand what I can do to prevent her from continuing to do this.

Aug. 15, 2018

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It might be a good idea to make sure that Flo doesn't have a urinary problem or infection, as that is unusual, I agree. If she is okay urinating in her kennel, that might be difficult to house train her, other then have a smaller kennel - you want to make sure that the kennel is larger enough for her to mover around and lie down comfortable, but not so big that she has a separate area to urinate. It might help to have someone come in through the day and let her out until she is better trained.

Aug. 15, 2018

she is house trained she doesn't go to the bathroom in the house, and she is fine in my bed during the night for 8+ hours. I do come home and let her out during the day too, and her crate is just enough room for her to fit in and lay down so when I come home she is soaked in her own pee because she is peeing where she lays :( I am so confused.

Aug. 15, 2018

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I have a 10 week old boxer and we have had him for 2 weeks. At first he would whine in his crate when he need to go out in the middle of the night, and last week slept 6 hours, most nights, before I woke hime up to go out. Since we have had him he has had limited time in the crate during the day. Maybe 4 days total for a couple hours at a time, once for 4 hours. Now, the last two nights he has urinated in his crate without waking me up. He was at the vet a week ago and did not have any medical issues. His crate is just big enough to turn around in. We have crate trained all of our dogs, and have used the "leash on in the house" for all of them as well. But, I have never had this issue with urinating in the crate, and haven't done anything any different with this one. The only thing I can think of is, I have said "NO" at night when he first walks in his kennel and cries. (Enters on his own at night, but I have to place him in there during the day and will cry for quite awhile during the day before settling down) We take him out first thing in the morning, 20 minutes after eating, try to limit water before he goes in the kennel, and watch for behavior signs that he needs to go out the rest of the time. His accidents while "running free" in the house are 4, those are our fault for not having him attached to us with the leash.

Aug. 15, 2018

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Ten weeks old is still young and he may still be getting used to his bladder, apart from doing the usual training you’ve done with your other dogs there is nothing else I can recommend at this time. See how he goes over the next week or so and follow up with your Veterinarian at the next vaccination visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-whine-in-his-crate

Aug. 15, 2018

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Summer

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My mastiff mix was aged around 4 years old she’s a rescue so I don’t know much information, but I do know that she was a stray. There are some signs that she might have been a house pet before but she has been urinating in her bed and I created her for the first time and she urinated inside the crate as well not sure what steps to take or if this is a health concern. She is always walked and taken out before she’s crated. I really want to properly crate train and house train her. She is so sweet, there is a possibility she may have some anxiety as well, when left alone. She was also very recently spayed, could that contribute to urination? She no longer takes the pain meds.

Aug. 5, 2018

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The first thing that you may want to do is to have some blood work done to make sure that Summer doesn't have any underlying health problems with her body or bladder. Some dogs have chronic bladder infections that make house training almost impossible. If she is healthy, then consistency in walking her and taking her out frequently should help - without knowing what her last 4 years were like, she may take a long time to change that behavior.

Aug. 5, 2018

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Ace

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My dog Ace is a pitbull and he is a year and 8 months old. He recently got fixed 2 weeks ago not sure if that is related to his issue but just recently he peed in his crate after being in there only about an hour at most and he went to the bathroom right before he got put in his kennel. He went in his kennel a week or so ago also but he hadn't gone before being put in that time so I can understand that one. But I am really wondering if he might have something going on because of his surgery maybe. We also moved a month ago but I would think he would have done it sooner if it was because of that.

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I’ve had Snuggles since she was 6 weeks old and she is now 21 Weeks old. Ever since I got her she’s been peeing in the cage but only at night, so I would have to wash her everyday. She would be out of the cage all day long until it’s bed time and that’s usually 11pm or 12am and then I would take her back out between 1-3 hours to go to the bathroom outside and by this time she would have already peed. I would Also take her the bathroom no more than 20 minutes after she ate. But during the day when she’s outside of her crate she never had an accident on the floor even if I took five hours to take her out. But if I leave her in the crate for 1-2 hours she would still pee in there even if I took her out to use the bathroom right before she goes in her crate. Then I’ve decided to try and take her out every 15 minutes during the day when she’s out her crate but when I would put her in the crate at night she would still pee. Then when she was about 19 weeks then I’ve decided to bring her in my room from the living room where she usually sleeps to see if she would still pee during the night and she doesn’t and she would be in the crate for 6-8 hours at the most but when I put her back in the living room she began to pee in the crate again and she would only be in the crate for about 3-5 hours. I know she knows by now when and when not to use the bathroom but I don’t know if it’s because she’s knows I can’t watch her in the living room but in my room I can so maybe that’s why she won’t pee when I have in the crate when I have her in my room. But I know when I pick her up from the lady that I got her from it was pee and poop in the crate that she had Snuggles and her litter-mates in so I don’t know if she learned the behavior to use that bathroom where she sleeps or if she’s just doing it because she’s not with me at all times. I’ve also taking her to vet to see if she had any bladder issues or anything else and she doesn’t. Also her crate is the right size. Please help because I’m starting to feel hopeless and I don’t know what else to do anymore. She’s is a Anatolian Shepherd and a Siberian Husky mix.

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I have a 2yr old male yorkie named Bishop. I got him from another home who bought him from a breeder. His previous owner taught him to use pee pads. I’ve been having Bishop use the bathroom outside since I brought him home. Bishop no longer soils inside the home when I’m present and during bedtime. However, when I leave bishop (3hrs, 5hrs, or 8hrs) he will pee inside and outside of his kennel. He has been through obedience training and passed and that did not help. I’ve had Bishop for almost a year now. I don’t know what to do.

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We have a potty trained puppy (9 months) that has accidents in her kennel daily now. About 3 weeks ago she was easily going 9 hrs without an issue and all of a sudden everyday she urinates in her kennel. I shorten it to 4 hours and she still urinates. She doesn't at night. Her kennel is in our room. Her urine is odorless and she drinks like a horse after we let her out of her crate. She doesn't seem to have attachment issues, and we play music in the room during the day with a fan. The vet thought it was a UTI and gave us meds, after the results came in it turns out it wasn't a UTI and now we are going on our 3rd week of this happening everyday and $350 in vet bills later...

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I got my 6 month old Dalmatian when she was 4 months. She stays in her crate ( since she is in training) until she has her play time or her walks.. I stop her water at 6 pm.... I take her out right before I go to bed which is like 12 midnight.,,, I was told for every month is how long that can hold themselves...it seems like she can only hold it for 3 hours....I think that is too often considering : 1) she is 6 months 2) I’m getting up throughout the night Any suggestions ???

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