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Old 01-30-2014, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 13 week old female GSD. I've had her since 7 weeks old, and up until this past week, she had only ever had one accident in her crate. But now, she's had 3 really bad ones in a row, and I don't know what has changed.

  • I take her water 2 hours before bed.
  • She gets let outside immediately before getting in the crate, always.
  • She's in there about 8 hours, same amount of time as it's been every night since we got her.
  • Crate is right size, she doesn't have too much room.
  • She doesn't have a bladder infection, according to vet.

It's always right in front of the door, too, where she generally lays that the huge pee puddle is found the last few mornings. This is NOT like her. I would think with age that she'd be able to hold it more, not less. Even at 7 weeks old she was keeping a dry kennel, with exception of a little excited pee when we'd open the door to get her out.
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I never took the water away, if crated his bowl was inside the crate.
In my experience, puppy never wants to poop or pee in the crate, or in the place he sleeps unless it's too hard for him to keep it. Maybe taking him potty between the night, if possible? For me, still it's 4 hours at max to keep him without potty break or him alone in the house ( mine is not crated, not leashed)

Mine whined when needed to go potty, he never pooped inside the house even when he had worms and diarrhea.

I bought a small crate and there was not much room so he wouldn't pee or poop. He outgrew the crate when he was almost 4 months so it was a relatively small crate.

I know, i didn't answer your question, but honestly i think you need to take him potty frequently rather than taking his water away, JMHO.

ETA: potty train, buying a crate with a tray below.
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I'd just back off the training for a bit by setting my alarm for 2 am (or whatever is midway through your night) and quickly take her out for a pee then back to bed for the rest of the night.
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I have a 14 week old and he's still going out at night, sometimes twice. He whines and I let him out. So far the longest he's held it was 6.5 hours. He also sometimes has pee accidents in his crate during the day. I don't sweat it. When I'm home, I let him out frequently and he knows to go outside. It's not like he wants to pee inside but I do work full time and even with someone letting him out mid-day, I can't guarantee he will pee outside for her or won't have to go again in the next 3-5 hours. He uses a 36" crate during the day with towels so if he has to go, he tends to go in the back corner and I just wash dog towels throughout the week. Other than the first few days home (when he had worms), he's never had a poo accident in the house. We use smaller crates for travel and while we're at training and tournaments but if he's in a crate longer than 2-3 hours at a time, I actually prefer a larger one so if he has to go, he can make a point of going in the back corner and not having to sit in it.
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