All the responses have been in regards to regular training but my question is…how do you train a dog to stop peeing in the crate when left in their crate?
Dallas is housetrained [minus the occasional forgetfulness] but it seems like whenever I leave him in his crate for over an hour I come home to his paws covered in pee! I, of course, make sure he pees before he is put in his crate & typically he isn't in his crate now-a-days more than 2-3 hours. However, it can be 1 hour or 8 hours & I will come back to pee. It's like he pees in the crate because he's mad I am leaving him in there…
I haven't been able to leave him a bed/blanket or stuffed toys in months because I was doing laundry every single day!!! It's kind of hard to train him to stop when it is basically impossible to catch him in the act.
Nina, in my post, I mentioned you have get them out after they eat, and then its helpful to get them out again in another 20 mins after you have walked them the first time. You might have to start controlling his water intake, and yes puppies and even full grown dogs will pee if they get upset or excited.
Usually if I am crate training a new dog, especially an older one, I will put the Crate right next to the door. I also keep a small Time log book or mental record, of what they do when each time I walk them. Keeping a time log book for a short time, will give you an idea of what is actually going on. Maybe you can crate him on a day you are home, and then check on him every hour to see if he has gone in his cage during a particular time. If you can do what I am suggesting for a short period of time or a few days, like maybe over a holiday weekend, then you will see if a time pattern exists for Dallas or not. If a time pattern does exist, then you will be closer to dealing with the issue.
I have no idea what size crate you have for Dallas, but if he is continuously doing this, then its very possible the crate may be too big. Roo has two crates. One is just big enough for him to stand up and turn around in, and the other is slightly larger. A crate that is too large will allow the animal to separate themselves from their Pee.
Hope this helps,