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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Urinating in His Crate Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jughead
French Bulldog
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing

I have a 9 month old male french bulldog. We got him at 6 months. About a month ago we had him neutered. He is pretty much potty trained. He will only have accidents if he is in the cage to long. We have someone come over in the middle of the day to let him out. This past Saturday he woke up at 3am and peed in his cage. I cleaned the cage and again at 5am he peed in his cage. The following night he peed at 4am. Third night we peed at 2:45am. 4th night/last night he peed at 3am. I put him to bed about 9:30pm. He goes to the bathroom outside before I put him in the cage and I wake up at 5:30am and let him back out. Until this week. He would sleep through the night. He eats dinner at 7ish and I've started taking the water away around 8. I don't know what's changed but I don't want to make a new routine where I'm up every night at 3 to let him out. Please help!

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Murphy
Mixed Breed-possibly corgi or collie mix
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating in crate during the day

My 4 month old puppy has been peeing in his kennel, but only during the day. His kennel is the correct size and I even took all of the soft covering out of the bottom so avoid him incorrectly thinking it's grass, but I come home to a wet kennel and a smelly puppy every time no matter how long I am gone. He's house-trained when I'm home (I don't leave him unsupervised out of the kennel due to his strong urge to chew on any and everything). All of his vet checkups have been good and haven't shown any health problems. Any tips to discourage to promote him holding his bladder through the day? I'm only able to let him out once a day due to being a working puppy parent.

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Kobe
Lab pit mix
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing and pooping in crate

Hello, I have a 14 week old male pit lab mix puppy. I live on the 3rd floor so potty training outside is a little difficult but I do try my best about bringing him outside after I feed him. I have pee pads placed for him in the house in case he cannot make it down stairs. I’ve never had an issue with him peeing or pooping in his crate when I first got him at 7 weeks, however, recently he has started to go in his crate. He usually cries when he needs to be let out to go on his pee pad and when he’s out in the house with me he walks himself over to his pad to go to the bathroom. How would I stop this? He literallly goes to the bathroom on everything that i place in his crate for him to sleep on. Please help!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At 14 weeks Kobe is still learning his bladder, now I don’t know if the urination is due to him not being able to hold it or if it is a behaviour which he is choosing to do. All I can recommend is to continue with training, telling him it is bad and praising him when he urinates in the right place. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/behavior

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Leo
Cocker spaniel mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

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.

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Baxter
English lab
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

My 7 month old lab keeps peeing in his crate overnight. We keep him in his crate while we are at work during the day, and come home to a clean crate every time. But at night, not so lucky. I feed him well before bed time, as well as take his water bowl away from him. I take him out to pee right before putting him in the crate for bed, and he goes. At about 4 am every night, I wake up to a bark, go downstairs, and there is the pee in his crate. I thought this was just a phase, but it’s been several weeks now and it hasn’t stopped. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for urinating in his crate, but from your description it seems like there may be a stress component or behaviour due to him being scared by something; if the cause is behavioural you need to determine what the cause is since a fridge pump turning on, neighbours garage door or anything else may be scary for him and may cause him to urinate in the crate (especially if it is at the same time each day). You should also have him checked over by your Veterinarian as well to be on the safe side, but it sounds more like a behavioural issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kona
Mutt
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety

Hello! I got a new dog from the pound about a month ago. She’s gotten very good about not peeing in the house so that is good. She also sleeps in her kennel in my room at night with the door closed and she does just fine, doesn’t cry or anything and makes it the whole night without peeing or crying. But any time I put her in the crate and leave she pees her crate. I’m sure this is a separation anxiety issue but I was wondering if there’s any way to train her not to pee her crate when I leave the room or if it just takes time. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be just a separation anxiety issue since she may be aware that you have left the home as opposed to being asleep, it may take her some time to learn that you will come back but apart from showing disapproval at the urination and continuing training there isn’t anything else that I would recommend doing. A month is a short period of time and you should give Kona time to adjust, but if there is still an issue by six months of age I would discuss it with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lean
Pit bull
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing

I've got Leah for a couple of months now and she is scared of anything but she also knows to pee outside.she is a medium size pit. She is scared to of everything but I'm thinking she was abused. She always slept in the cage when we are here but hates when we leave her in it.but she never pee inside.i then bought her a plastic cage from offer up(a used cage) the cage is for xl dogs.now she is peeing in it everyday and lays down on it. Idk wat to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Leah is having this problem. I don't understand from your email if she was housetrained or not, and when she started urinating in the kennel. If it was when you bought the new kennel, it might be a good idea to get rid of that kennel and get one that was similar to the previous kennel, as I think that she didn't have a problem with that kennel. It would be a good idea to have her examined to make sure that she doesn't have a bladder infection or systemic problem. It may also help to take her outside before you put her in the kennel so that she doesn't need to urinate inside. I hope that she is okay.

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Jade
Red heeler cross
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing in crate

She is always peeing in her kennel no matter how long she is in it. She goes out lots during the day and doesn't pee in the house at all. Goes outside right before going into her kennel and doesn't get water well before we put her in the kennel.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These cases can be difficult since it is likely it is a behavioural issue over a medical issue; however you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out any possible medical issues so that you can be sure it is purely behavioural. You should read the article below which covers crates and you may also ask a question to a certified dog trainer at the bottom of the article page. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-pee-at-night

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Elvis
French Bulldog
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

regular toilets

I have an 18 month French Bulldog who is house trained...when I am indoors with him. The minute I shut the front door, he will toilet on my carpet. Even if I am out for 5 minutes. Ive recently decided to get a crate and train him that way as I heard that dogs will not toilet where they sleep. The crate is the perfect size for him, and I have put his bed in there which takes up all the room. During my first day of introducing him to the crate he was in and out of there by his own account, not phased by it at all, i decided to pop downstairs to my letterbox so thought i would try shutting him the crate for all of 2 minutes, but I came back to a very small wee in his crate.
I have been told by friends that this could be anxiety? However he is the most calm dog, he doesnt even get up when i walk through the door so Im not sure if this is anxiety? My dog walker says he is he just completely defiant and un-trainable?
Please help :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We have numerous articles which I have linked below, many will say Beagle, Rottweiler or German Shepherd but the principles are the same for any breed of dog; at the bottom of the articles there is a section to ask a dog trainer a question since this is a behavioural issue (anxiety or another cause) and not a medical one. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety https://wagwalking.com/training/crate-train-a-beagle-puppy https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-pee-outside https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-not-pee-in-the-house https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-peeing-on-the-carpet https://wagwalking.com/training/not-pee-on-the-rug

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Bruno
French Bulldog
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pees in his crate every day.

Medication Used

250 MG of Clavanox per day

We rescued a French Bulldog about a month ago. We are experienced dog owners who have had several rescued dogs in the past. His prior living conditions were just awful. He has lived the majority of his 7 years (we think) in a crate with little to no attention. He is a sweet boy, seems to have some manners and recognises his boundaries when shown to him by our other dogs. We both work and our dogs are crated during the day. He is the only one who pees. He does his very best to hike and pee outside of the crate. Concerned that he may have health issues, we took him to the vet and he did indeed have a kidney, bladder and urinary tract infection. He has been on antibiotics now for three weeks. Still pees in the crate.
Is there any hope to break him of this bad habit? He just missed that life lesson as a young pup. He has peed in the house BUT that has stopped with direction on where he needs to go.
We love him and would never consider returning him as we have another rescued French Bulldog and we just love the breed.

Thoughts?
J Brown

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Bruno is stressed from being in the crate due to his prior living conditions, but breaking a bad habit can be difficult especially if the urination is out of stress or fear. You need to continue with regular training like you would with a puppy to not urinate in the crate but it may take a while for Bruno to pick it up and he still may have accidents; unfortunately I have no quick fix for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is 3 years old and she continues to urinate and poop anywhere. I think she has separation anxiety so I can leave her out in the house or she will dedicate. Even in her kennel if it’s too long she will and I understand that but I don’t understand is that I take her out right before bed and now she has decided to pee and pool in her kennel at night and then drink it. I’m at the point where I just want to find her a new home bc I can’t take it. I’ve tried letting her sleep out of the crate bc maybe she’s anxious. She still poops and pees all over the bedroom. She will pee and poop minutes after taking her out if I’m not around.

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Jack
Australian Cattle Lab Mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing in crate

I have a 3 year old Australian cattle lab mix, he has been peeing in his crate lately. We make sure he goes potty before he is put in his crate. He isn't in there for long, 4-5 hrs at a time. Took him to the vet and blood work and stool sample came back fine. What else can we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Did they check a urine sample? If he has a bladder infection, that might make him urinate more frequently. If his bloodwork was normal, he isn't' having kidney problems or becomign a diabetic, it would be a good idea to check a urine sample.

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Molly
Yorkie
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing in crate

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

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Summer
Mastiff
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Potty problems

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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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.

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Katie
Beagle
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My senior dog keeps urinating in her crate even after she's been outside 30 to 40 minutes and she goes out probably 10 to 12 times a day. Never had a problem staying in her crate most of the time now she's doing it almost every hour and I've tried everything from taking her out more often watching her intake of water which has not changed and she's eating just fine

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to have Katie seen by a veterinarian, and possibly have some basic lab work done, to make sure that she doesn't have any underlying problem that may need treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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FLO
German Shepherd
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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.

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.

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Wally
Boxer
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In crate
urinating while laying down
Urinating In House
no medical issues

Hello, I have a two year old Boxer mix who was peeing in his crate and in the house when we got him at 7 months. We believed he may have been at out door dog when he was with his previous owners, and we were able to house train him within a few months. We got another dog 3 months ago and at first he wasn't showing any issues. The dogs get along fine. He recently started urinating in the house, laying down and peeing, and peeing in his crate every time we leave him in it. We do sleep with the new door in the bed and she isn't in her crate as much because she was previously abused and not crate trained. I just went to the vet and they have ruled out any medical issues. What else can we do to stop the urinating in the crate, laying down and peeing without getting up, and randomly peeing in the house? He only gets one bowl of water per day and he's only in the crate at night or up to 4 hours per day while we work. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These types of cases are behavioural and are a lot more difficult to treat or manage than medical problems, reinforcing crate training is required along with punishment for urination. I don’t have any specific advice since each case is different, but you should try to train Wally and if you still have issues consult with a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bambi
Chorkie
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

UTI
anxiety

My dog has been potty trained and has been very good at it too. He knows to cry when he has to go and i’ll take him. At night i put him in the kennel and he cries to wake me up when he has to go. Lately he has been peeing in the kennel and idk what to do. I even left it open at night and put a pee pad down on the floor and he still qent inaide the kennel. I’ve washed his covers and everything to get rid of the smell. so i don’t understand why he is doing that.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Bambi. He may have a urinary tract infection or some other urianry abnormality - he should be examined by his veterinarian to make sure that he isn't having problems, and if he seems fine and his urine is normal, he may need to outside more frequently. It also helps to take him on walks vs letting him outside, as they tend to be more focussed on urinating when they are actually on walks.

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Dobby
Chuhuahua
7 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

excessive urination

I have a Chihuahua mix that I rescued two years ago. He is about six now, and was never properly house trained. I am usually a patient, experienced dog guardian, and have worked with him on house training. He does not hesitate to pee in his crate, he will tear up his puppy pads, and pee on them. He also marks at every opportunity. I do have a dog walker in the middle of the day, or I come home and walk him. Even when I am home he will mark in the house. I am having to consider returning him to the rescue because I am not equipt to have this behavior in the house. I love him, and wish to keep him, but I am at a loss. Please help. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This all comes down to training, you should check the two guides below from our site on this subject; there is also a section near the bottom where you can ask a question to a dog trainer. This is a case of being persistent and consistent with training. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-mark-his-territory-in-the-house https://wagwalking.com/training/not-poop-in-the-house

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Negan
Doberman Pinscher
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pees in crate,
Poor Appetite
Frequent Urination

My pup just had his ears cropped on Monday 4/2 since then he has had a few accidents in his crate. I am home with him so I know he’s not whining to be let out. I’m wondering if it could be from pain killers? (Tramadol) He also rejected his food yesterday but had no problem eating the other type of dog food we keep in the house, or cooked ground turkey.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tramadol can be quite a sedating pain medication, and it is possible that he is having these problems because of that sedation. Since his ear cropping is a very painful procedure, it would be best to be patient with him having accidents and make sure that he continues to get his pain medication. If the problem continues, he may need an examination to determine the reason for the urination issues, but I suspect it will clear up once he is back to normal.

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Jessie
Coonhound
1 Year
Mild condition
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We are adopting a 1 year d hound mix. She came to us crate trained as a rescue dog, how long is it ok to keep her in crate? Currently working on peeing outaide. she seems to have no issue pooping outside but peeing is a struggle. Advice on both the crate and bathrooming please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no real set time frame for a dog to stop urinating in a house and may be more of a marking exercise than anything else; I’ve put some articles below on training to stop urinating in the home and each article has a section where you can ask a certified dog trainer a question if you need any clarification. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/behavior https://wagwalking.com/training/not-pee-in-the-house

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Ryker
Boxer
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Urinating In crate

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

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Tino
Boxer
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Peeing in crate

My 9 week old boxer pit bull mix has been housebroken and will run to my back door and cry when he needs to be taken outside. I take him out before he goes in his crate and usually he would cry to wake me up and go outside but now he will just pee inside his crate at night and cry afterwards. It’s like he doesn’t care that he’s soiling his “safe haven” he holds his pee longer during the night if I am sleeping with him but not while he is on his own.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Crate and house training are a process and not a one lesson training, you need to show disapproval at the urination and allow him plenty of time to do his business before bed and before you leave the home. You should also bring this up with your Veterinarian when you go in next for vaccinations to see if there is a medical reason (infection etc…) for the urinating in the crate. Unfortunately, I cannot give you any constructive advice on this at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Omega
Husky
1 Year
Serious condition
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Peeing in crate

I have a one year old male Husky. He has had an issue since day one with potty training, his other training was a breeze. He learned everything the same week I taught him, all except the potty issue. He will pee on himself, in his kennel, outside, 20 minutes after we bring him inside, overnight, anytime. I’ve had plenty of dogs and I’ve never had this problem! It’s infuriating because it’s either constantly mop the floors, putting puppy pads down that he will pee on then chew up, doing laundry everyday because he refuses to pee where he’s suppose to. I mean I just don’t get it! We have an eight year old chihuahua that is fully trained and you’d imagine would help him figure it out but it’s like he doesn’t understand! I haven’t tried the vet testing yet (we have an appointment in the morning) but I believe that will be a waste since he has been doing this since we got him at 8 weeks old. Please, any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You're already taking care of the first step, which is having his blood and urine tested to make sure that he doesn't have an underlying problem. It is possible, even though it has been going on for so long, so that makes sense to rule that out. It is very difficult to housetrain a dog that will urinate in his kennel, I agree - it doesn't give you any space to trust. One thing that you might try, once he has had his veterinary appointment and has been deemed healthy, is to physically have him right at your side, constantly, for a period of 2-3 days. If he is right by you at all times, you'll see when he is starting to look like he has to urinate, and you can get him right outside before he urinates in the house. Praise praise praise when he urinates outside. Your veteirnarian may also have some suggestions, once they have examined him. I hope that you are able to get him over this!

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Poppy
English Setter
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Urinating In House

I got my Poppy at 8 weeks and she was crate trained and house trained fairly easily. We moved to a new house when she was about 6 months old. She was ok in her crate for about the first two weeks in the new house and then absolutely hated it. I purchased a large kennel (5x10x6) for my basement that she spends her days in. I work full time, but I can come home on lunch to let her out. Often times she has peed in her kennel after only being in there a few hours, but other times she can hold it for up to 9 hours. We have taken her to the vet and she does not have a UTI. I would love to get to the point when she can roam the house all day, but worry that she will pee in a corner somewhere. Help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It sounds like Poppy has had a lot of change, and may be bored in the basement alone. It might help to make sure that she goes for walks in the morning before you leave, so that she is a little tired, not so bored, and doesn't have to urinate.

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ramone
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
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anxiety

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Enalapril

I have a 12 year old chihuahua that I've adopted and he will not stop peeing in his crate and in the house if left alone. His life before I took him in was very stressful and he was poorly being cared for. He knows to go outside and I take him out frequently besides when I am at work for the day. Roughly 6 hours. When I am at work I come home to pee in his crate and all over the floor and sometimes poop on his bed. I moved him to a smaller crate where he could stand up and lay down and he still would pee/poop in his crate possibly laying in it. Sometimes when he would only be in there for an hour or two so I moved him back to the bigger one. When I first took him home he peed in my bed a couple times but I caught him both times and he now knows not to do that. Every morning we wake up and I will take him outside, feed him and while hes eating I'll get ready for work. The other day I came downstairs and he had peed alll over the rug and on the floor which doesn't make sense because I just took him outside! So tonight, I left him out because maybe its an anxiety thing and he'll do better if he's out. I was gone for 2 hours and I came home and he had peed on the rug. I've tried diapers and he wont leave them on. I took him to the vet and she did blood work and didnt find a uti. I am just lost and need some advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This could just be a separation anxiety thing which may be understandable given his past and we can only guess what he may have been through. Most likely there is nothing medically wrong with Ramone but it is difficult to say without any certainty with more testing being done. If Ramone isn’t urinating when your at home we can chalk it up to behaviour which should improve over time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

This story is similar to mine. I also adopted a older dog 2 months ago. A Maltese mix whose previous owner had Alzheimer's. He was going to be euthanized but the vet called the local SPCA.
The first day or two he peed on my carpet but hasn't since. He can make it through the night from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. with no problem. He was peeing a lot on the pads I provided and I took him to the vet to see if he was diabetic or if he had a UTI...I gave him his full regimen of antibiotics for the UTI and all his blood work came back normal. I take him outfor a walk before I put him in his crate. But I can come back in les than an hour and he has peed in the crate. I'm hoping that this is just separation anxiety...because I don't know what else to do.

I am going through the same thing. What should I do? It seems behavioral with mine too and anxiety

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Tucker
American Eskimo
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Urinating In House

We have a 7 year old (mostly) American Eskimo. He have had him for 5 years along with a Golden Retriever. From the beginning we've had issues with him peeing. At first it was on the other dogs bed and near the food dishes. Some research showed this was characteristic of establishing territory. We started crate training to give him his own space and he was quick to accept it. He is only crated at night. During the day, he is free to roam the house and there have been occasional issues but nothing regular. However he frequently is peeing in his crate at night. We thought it might be too long of a time and tried shortening the time he was in, but no help. We have tried leaving him out at night but the peeing continues around the house - usually on the other dogs bed. He can make it through the day no problem, but just not at night. Getting very frustrated!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Tucker isn't neutered, that may be the reason that he is displaying this behavior. He may have an underlying problem that is causing him to urinate more, or he may be displaying a behavior that can be changed. It would be a good idea to start with a veterinary examination, as they will be able to look at Tucker, recommend any necessary testing to rule out a urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney disease. If he isn't neutered, they can talk with you more about that as well. If he is healthy, it might help to walk him right before bed so that he doesn't need to urinate, as well as cleaning the spots where he has urinated with an enzymatic cleaner, as dogs' noses are quite a bit more sensitive than ours! I hope that you are able to resolve this problem for him.

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Bear
Belgian Malinois
15 Months
Serious condition
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Urinating In House

We got our dog at 12 weeks old. My dog has always had an issue with urinating in his crate. It doesn't matter if he's in it for 20 minutes or 3 hours, he will urinate in the crate. He is house broken and doesn't urinate when left out during the day or night. We've made sure the crate is the rights size, we have ensured we clean it with enzyme cleaner and bathe him after he urinates, we've ensured he's relieved himself prior, we don't give him water close to when he will be crated, he has been neutered, and we had him checked for any medical problems. He is now 15 months old and we just don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like this may be a behavioural issue which may be due to the stress of being in the crate, if Bear is otherwise house trained and doesn’t have accidents there may be an association of stress leading to urination whilst in the crate. Your Veterinarian has given Bear a clean bill of health from a medical point of view leaving only behavioural issues; constant reassurance and looking for other triggers is all you can do at this point, otherwise don’t place him in the crate if he is house trained and you can trust him to not wreck the house. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
English Setter
1 Year
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Chewing

My dog Poppy is a fairly typical English Setter. She loves to run around outside, but is a total lap dog in the house. I would not say that she is exercised all that often because we live in Michigan and the weather does not always permit long walks. Normally she is content playing fetch in the house and will sometimes bounce off the furniture. During the day she is in a large kennel in our unfinished basement (5x10x6). During the day she has a few bones and plush toys in her kennel with her. But for whatever reason if she has a bed or blanket in the kennel with her she tears it apart. I feel bad because she just lays on a concrete floor all day, but I worry more about her ingesting the stuffing or something. We did have an issue where she torn apart two tennis balls in one week and ended up eating some piece that took her 2 months to pass. (She got very sick and threw up just about daily - but she is all better now). I'm not sure how to get her to stop chewing beds and blankets...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your 2nd email. I think my answer to this one is the same as the last, and it seems that Poppy is bored. If you can increase her activity, make sure that she is entertained when you are home, and try to keep her occupied during the day, it should help. Kong makes toys that you can put treats in, and some animals enjoy having the tv or radio on for them.

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Lean
Pit bull
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Peeing

I've got Leah for a couple of months now and she is scared of anything but she also knows to pee outside.she is a medium size pit. She is scared to of everything but I'm thinking she was abused. She always slept in the cage when we are here but hates when we leave her in it.but she never pee inside.i then bought her a plastic cage from offer up(a used cage) the cage is for xl dogs.now she is peeing in it everyday and lays down on it. Idk wat to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Leah is having this problem. I don't understand from your email if she was housetrained or not, and when she started urinating in the kennel. If it was when you bought the new kennel, it might be a good idea to get rid of that kennel and get one that was similar to the previous kennel, as I think that she didn't have a problem with that kennel. It would be a good idea to have her examined to make sure that she doesn't have a bladder infection or systemic problem. It may also help to take her outside before you put her in the kennel so that she doesn't need to urinate inside. I hope that she is okay.

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Coco
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Peeing

Coco is housebroken and knows to use the pee pad if necessary, but since I stopped working and am home during the day now, he's been peeing on the floor instead of the pad while I'm gone. I put him in a pen instead and he's peeing in the pen too. I make sure to take him out before I leave, but he's been peeing on the floor suddenly since I stopped working. Is this behavioral? Separation anxiety?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Coco has become more attached to you due to your new routine and is now suffering from separation anxiety, but we also need to consider whether this behavioural (intentional urination) or due to a medical issue. Without examining Coco I cannot start to determine what the cause is but if this occurs only when you have left the house it is good to assume that there isn’t a medical cause as the urination would be all the time. You could try to leave the house and come back after two minutes to see if this causes Coco to urinate, if not increase the time interval slowly over time to see if you can overcome this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rowan
Shepherd mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
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My little lady is 14 years old and has started urinating in her crate and on the floor in a certain place in the dining room. We have retrained and have had the carpets treated so it does not smell like her restroom. She used to do this when she was a puppy but is extremely regimented. Even if she has just been outside 20 minutes ago, she is now urinating inside and she has started urinating in the crate again. I am not sure what to do. She has been tested for a UTI, but does not have one. I am at my witts end with this because I have a toddler and baby #2 is on the way in a month and the urinating is making the house smell and requiring daily baths since she is laying in it afterwards. Thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be age related incontinence, hormonal incontinence, weak bladder sphincter, tumour or another cause; it sounds like this isn’t a conscious urination but generally just comes out randomly. Without examining Rowan it is difficult to narrow in on a specific underlying cause, you should return to your Veterinarian for a more thorough examination to determine a primary cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eevee
Whippet
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Urinating In crate

Hi. My 8 month old whippet girl keeps peeing in the crate through the night. She doesn't cry out or anything, just goes. She gets fed well before bedtime and no water after that either. I take her out along with my older whippet boy (1 year+) before bed, and she also gets taken out during the night (at around 2-3 am) by my partner. her crate is right next to our other dogs' and my partner also stays in the room. I get up early in the morning (6:30-7) but by then she has already gone and without a peep. During the day she is fine and will stay dry for a lot longer than that.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to try to determine whether the urination is intentional, if she is aware of it but cannot hold it or if it just leaks out; there are various possible medical conditions which may be causing this which may include ectopic ureters (doesn’t occur in this breed), weak bladder neck, spinal issues among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian to look for possible medical causes for these accidents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
Wire Terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Urinating in crate and bed

My female 4 1/2 year old Wire Terrier urinates about 2 nights a week in her crate. She goes out before going to bed and was only in crate for about 7 hrs at night. Now we have all 3 dogs in bed with us and after 9 nights in bed with us on the 9th night she pees in the bed. She has no medical issues and we cannot figure out why she is peeing at night - either in her crate or on our bed and not every night. We know she does not like going out in the rain, so we sometimes expect accidents during the day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for urinating in the crate or in your bed which may include medical and behavioural causes; I cannot rule out medical causes without an examination but hormonal responsive incontinence may be a cause if she has been spayed, you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stark
Labrador Retriever
9 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My labrador is 9 months old. He is generally healthy and well acquired with our rules of urinating and defecating in his cage, or outside the house but since last two weeks he seems to be behaving abnormal like urinating everywhere except his cage, I doubt he is having troubles holding it. He has some problems with his appetite off last. He doesn't seem to like his dog food at all. We tried changing the brand but it didn't work. He is taking all his treats and our food pretty well. No signs of abnormal digestive problems as he has been showing no symptoms of constipation or diarrhea.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Stark is being taught to urinate inside the house, in his kennel, he may be confused by where he is allowed to urinate and defecate, and where is not allowed. It might help to reinforce that he does those things only outside, as dogs don't tend to like to mess in their living areas. They will tend to urinate and defecate outside of their 'house', or cage, quite well.

I have a 12 year old German Shepherd. I’ve never had issues with him peeing in his crate before (only when he was a puppy). Up until recently he started going in his crate while I am at work. I thought it may be him being in his cage for a prolonged time and his age but yesterday I came home at lunch after 4 hours and he already went. I went back to work and he went again before I got home another 4 hours on the same day. He doesn’t go this often on the weekends when I’m home with him or when I have him in my room overnight (the same amount of hours as work roughly). This has become a daily thing that just recently started happening after having him for roughly 8 years. Thanks for your help.

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