Okay, so Miles, our rescue of almost a week, has been a dream dog in almost every respect. He does have an obvious dislike for his crate though. Miles is VERY housebroken- going multiple hours even when he's had diahhrea. We've been working on breaking him from going into "ha ha, you can't catch me"-play mode when we ask him to get in his crate. He'll get close enough so you think you could touch him, but he'll jump back, put his butt in the air and front legs down and wag his little cinnabon as he mocks you. Lucky for us, we keep his lead on for moments like these.
We've been crating him during the day while we're both gone to work (almost 7 hours at a time now) and we haven't had any accidents. However, last night after we took them out, we tried crating them at night. He went in and when he realized that he was staying in there, he did the frantic circles and the pee'd in his crate. ??? Why? Was it anxiety? Was it an attention getter? Hey, if I pee in my crate, you let me out? And oddly, he tried frantically to lap it up too! Yikes!! I understand the need to be clean, but GROSS!
So we were working with him today after work. We want him to know the crate is a happy place so we did a lot of "Miles, get in your crate" (as Lexi showed how it's done, thank you little girl!) and he got to the point where he'd go running into his crate and sit down very eagerly. He is very food motivated and that has been working to our advantage so far. After excellent efforts of them getting into their open crates and sitting, we finally decided to try closing the door for short periods of time before rewarding them with the treasured chicken jerky (thanks Gail & Gary!!). After about 30 minutes of solid training and GREAT progress– Miles is in his crate and suddenly just PEES everywhere! And of course he turns around and tries to lap it up frantically. We did not let him out immediately. Instead we just asked him to sit down, which he did on the far side of his crate.
Anyone have anything to offer on this? It's my honest opinion that it's definitely NOT because he HAS to go. And the training tonight was going really, really well. No anxiety or anything. It was a very calm "sit and stay" in the crate (door closed) when "the incident" happened. So it doesn't seem likely that it was an anxiety thing- especially when he's gone all day in the crate without peeing.
Stumped over here.... Thoughts??