My 4 month old pug pees and poops when we leave his sight
This means we have to lock him up in an exercise pen during the day with a pee pad so that he can only get his poop in a small area of our house (because he steps in it all the time? which also is constantly getting his toys cover in poop!)
Also we are trying to break him of the habit of sleeping in bed with us, because not only is he a bed hog, he won't sleep anywhere but between us.
So we have been locking him in a kennel at night right next to our bed with an old blanket and some clothes that smell like us along with some toys, but he will poop and pee in there as well, so we are having to switch blankets at least once before bed.
Can you help with this?!?!?!?
This kind of behavior is very frustrating, but I have a couple of suggestions.
First, make sure your crate is the correct size. If it's too big, your pup will feel quite at home designating one part for sleeping, and the other for his 'toilet'. You can check out my Crate Training page for more info. on this.
If reducing the size of his crate helps, you may want to use it during the daytime if you are away, rather than the exercise pen.
At night, make sure you feed him early (maybe around 5:30pm and pick up his water by 7:30pm, this will give him plenty of time to empty out his bladder and bowels before bedtime.
As he's sleeping right next to you, you don't need to give him blankets etc., that may encourage him to eliminate on them. Just give him one or two safe, sturdy toys and that's all.
At 4 months old, he should have reasonable bladder/bowel control, but a visit to your vet just to rule out any underlying health issues such as a UTI that could be causing him an urgent need to pee wouldn't hurt.
You need to try to break these bad habits and replace them with the new, correct ones. For now, I would also suggest taking him out to potty more often than you think is necessary, and only allowing him free run of the house when he's being closely supervised. Try not to allow him an opportunity to make a mistake indoors.
Maybe finding someone to come to your home and take him out midday when you're at work would help. A friend, neighbor, relative or even a petsitter might work.
Although it's very difficult and frustrating to deal with this sort of issue, given time, consistency and patience, your pup will figure out what's expected of him in time. Best of luck!