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Soiling the Crate
Soiling the Crate
Hello. We have a 10 week old GSD. We are crate training her. When we don’t have eyes on her, she’s in the crate. I work from home so she has several breaks during the day to be out of the crate and to take her out to potty. It’s usually every 2 hours or so. I would love to say that we’ve had no accidents in the house, but that would be a lie. I take her out every time she eats, drinks, comes out of the crate, and has played for more than 5 minutes. For the five or so accidents outside of her crate, it is usually because we haven’t caught her fast enough to prevent the squat. For the accidents inside the crate… They are mostly at night and at least every other night since we got her 13 days ago. We set timers to take her out every 1.5 to 2 hours. When we picked her up, the breeder said that the litter seemed to be incredibly thirsty and their intake had increased a lot. She does always seem to be thirsty. She has a vet appointment tomorrow. Will I be a monster for cutting off her water intake an hour or two before we crate her for the night? That was how we didn’t have toddlers wet the bed. The normal exhaustion of constant pottying is to be expected, but the production of bathing a bath averse puppy and scrubbing a crate/area every night are wearing us down faster. I just want her to pee/poop outside. I’m willing to change whatever behavior on my end that needs changing.
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