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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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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

Summer's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. 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.

Aug. 5, 2018

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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.

July 8, 2018

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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

July 8, 2018

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Jade

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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.

July 5, 2018

Jade's Owner

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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

July 6, 2018

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Rowan

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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?

June 21, 2018

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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

June 22, 2018

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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.

June 15, 2018

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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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Tazz

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We have a 14 year old min pin who has been house trained since I got him at 6mo old. He has now started peeing in his crate almost every night and sometimes in the house. Took him to the vet twice to get tests done and both times they said everything was normal and it must be behavioral. How can a dog that for 14 years has been housebroken, now can't be in his crate more than a few hours without peeing in it. One time he was sleeping on us on the couch, woke up, stood up and just proceeded to pee where he stood.....on us..... I took him to the vet a couple of days later to run tests and he's been peeing in the house or his crate ever since. His pee is sometimes odorless and I thought it was just water he'd spilled in his crate but have since figured out it was not. He has no issues peeing on his bedding and then laying in it. We did move to a new house but that was over a year and a half ago and this just started a couple of months ago. We've always crated him when we're not home since we got him at 6 months old. I am at a loss. Literally nothing has changed in the last couple of months to possible cause this and the vet says he's healthy. Should we get a second opinion?

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Murphy

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We adopted a beagle who was a stray. Believe he was an outside hunting dog. He was heartworm positive and had an enlarged prostate. He has completed all treatment and has been given a clean bill of health. He never pees in the house but will pee in his crate almost every night. Not sure what the issue could be.

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Atlas

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Atlas has been peeing in his crate every time I leave him, even if it’s just for an hour. He will then lay in it and get pee all over himself so I have to wash him every day. He is a large dog in a cage big enough for him to turn around and stand up in. He has been house trained since he was 4 months old and has never had a problem with peeing in the house. However, ever since we began crating him during the day, (no more than 5 hours, usually only 3) he has been peeing all in it. We have left him occasionally before and did not have this problem. However we recently moved into a new house so he may have some anxiety. Please help!

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Jughead

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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

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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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