I have a 10 week old puppy and we are cage training her. The problem is that every time she poops in her cage she walks in it and makes a huge mess. How can I get this to stop?
It is a daily problem, every time she goes to the bathroom she walks all over it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Hi This is frustrating and difficult to handle I know! Bathing a puppy several times a day because she's covered in puppy poop isn't fun.
My first suggestion would be to make sure that you have the correct size of crate. It needs to be only just big enough for her to stand up, sit down, turn around and lie down in, without touching the sides. That's it. No bigger.
Crate training is effective because it works with the pups' natural instinct not to soil where it sleeps. In a confined area a puppy or dog will do it's very best to 'hold it' rather than eliminate.
However, if the crate is bigger, and there's enough room for a sleeping spot and a toilet spot, many puppies will be comfortable eliminating there. Of course, they then walk in it, lie in it or whatever. Yuk.
If your crate is too big, it's really worth getting a smaller one for now, it will work much better.
If the crate is already of the correct size, maybe she is having difficulty controlling her bowels. She will need a potty break every 30 minutes to an hour during the day, and immediately after every meal, playtime, nap, drink and so on. They also often need one or two potty breaks during the night at this age. Puppies need to go a lot!
If she's in her crate and she starts to cry or whine, take her outside right away. She may need to eliminate. If you make her wait (and she can't) she will be forced to pee/poop in her crate and if she does this often enough it will become a habit.
I'd recommend that you read my crate training page for more help with this. Also clean out her crate with enzymatic cleaners, such as Nature's Miracle, they help to eliminate all the odors which encourage her to soil over and over in the same place. You can find more info on this on my dog urine cleaning page.