@stianolini said in Started peeing in the crate again:
My B is one and a half year old now, and have been housebroken for well over a year.
She sleeps in her crate in the living room, while we leave the door open to the bedroom.
During weekends, we usually pick her up in the morning and allow her to sleep a few more hours together with us in the bedroom. Lately, we have even picked her up at night if she has cried in her crate, whereas we have discovered in the past few weeks that she has actually peed in her crate before crying.
In order to correct this behavior, I went back to scratch regarding crate training and slept a few nights on a mattress besides her crate. The first night she peed, and I was able to clap my hands and firmly tell her no.
The next night, and a few nights after this she began sleeping through the night again without peeing her crate.
So, I started sleeping in the bedroom again with great success as she continued to sleep through the night and be dry.
However, over the past two nights she has started peeing in her crate again. Where I have removed and replaced her blankets before putting her in the crate again.
I am considering sleeping next to her again, however, I'm afraid she will make a connection that if she pees, I will join her in the living room.
Any recommendations on dealing with this?
PS. I have cleaned both her crate and blankets with a dog urine killing liquid.
Sleeping on a mattress beside her crate isn't the beginning of crate training, in fact, it isn't part of crate training at all.
Also, I'd be weary of reprimanding her for peeing.
It's seems that your crate training problem is a handler error, respectfully.
To begin, you're being inconsistent with putting her in the crate and then taking her out to sleep with you. If I were you, I'd pick one and stick with it (at least, until she has been properly and truly house trained), either with you or in the crate, not both. (I would recommend simply putting the crate in your room and keeping her in there until you get up, that way she's included but not on you or in your bed).
If she cries in the crate, the last thing that you want to do is "pick her up" or in any way coddle her or reinforce that behavior.
That being said, in (very) early puppyhood, when the puppy cries in the crate, I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt the first time, and take them out to see if they need to pee, but immediately return them to the crate afterwards, whether they go to the bathroom or not. However, at 1 and a half years old, she shouldn't be crying in the crate (or peeing in the crate). In your case, since she isn't crate trained, I'd take her to the bathroom the first time she cries, then put her back in the crate right after and ignore the crying after that if it continues.
Also, I would get up in the middle of the night and take her to the bathroom, then right back to the crate. You want her to know she'll always have the chance to go out. This helps greatly in teaching them to hold their bladder.
In addition, I would recommend not putting anything soft in the crate, because that will make her want to pee on it and it can possibly stimulate her too.
Finally, I would work on crate training when she's not going to be using it, i.e. throughout the day do crate drills with high value food.
All the best.