You were eagerly awaiting his arrival for many weeks and you’ve loved welcoming this cute ball of fur into your home. He was so small when he first arrived you could fit him in your hands. He was soon growing quickly though and as advised, you keep him in a crate. However, he sees his crate as more than just his own space to escape to, he also uses it as a toilet. You can’t count how many times you have come down in the morning to the unpleasant odor of urine.
Training him not to pee in his crate will do more than save you from having to clean his bedding and cover his crate in anti-bacterial spray. Training him not to pee in his crate will also improve his quality of life. Nobody, including dogs, likes to sleep in the same space they go to the toilet.
Training a dog not pee in his crate is relatively straightforward. Firstly, you will have to look at why he might be peeing in his crate. It is highly likely you will have to take a look at his toilet routine and introduce some changes. You may also want to look at the crate itself. It may be that his current crate is not quite the right fit for him. Throw in some incentives for peeing outside instead and you’ll soon have a crate free of pee.
He’s probably a puppy if he’s peeing in a crate, which is good news from a training perspective. He should be a fast learner, so you could see results in just a few days. If he’s a bit older and slightly more stuck in his ways then you may need a couple of weeks. Get this training right and you won’t have to worry about your children or other pets coming into regular contact with potentially harmful bacteria.
Before your work can start you will need to gather a few bits. The first thing you may need is a new crate, of a different size. See the 'Environment Change' method below for details on what to look for.
The main component in training though will be time. You, or somebody else, needs to be around enough to take him out regularly until he is in an established routine. Treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces will also be required.
Apart from that, you just need patience and some anti-bacterial spray, then work can begin!