So I realize I may have been spoiled with my husband's dog. He got his puppy at 8 weeks already crate trained and slept through the night from the beginning. He was super motivated to not mess in his crate and have obvious signs whenever he was about to go so you could run him outside. My puppy is nothing like that.
The first night I only scheduled one potty break (what can I say? the first dog didn't need any), and I ended up cleaning up one puddle from the first interval and a poo from the second. The next night I put her crate in our bedroom and took her out every time she made a noise (I didn't really sleep that night). She made it without any accidents, but half the time we went out I could tell she didn't really need to go. So the third night I left her in our room, but only took her out on two scheduled breaks. There were no messes everyone got to sleep and I thought we were well on our way to success.
Until the fourth night, when she screamed
the entire night. I took her out more than the scheduled times, but she didn't really have to go, just wouldn't shut up. Well my husband figured out in the morning that she was crying because she was thirsty. I never let her drink during the night because I'm trying to prevent accidents.
So last night I let her drink later than normal and moved up the first potty break. She started crying a little before I had planned to take her out the second time, so I took her out early and she wanted another drink. Just like the kid in Gremlins, I fell for it and let her have some water.
I went back to bed expecting her to wake me up in a bit when she had to pee (since I figured she wouldn't last all the way to 6 like I had originally planned). But 6 am rolled around and not a peep. Awesome! She made it!
Nope. Not only had she peed her crate, she had fallen asleep in the puddle and spread a small amount of poo everywhere. I'm not sure what happened to the rest of the poo. Maybe she ate it?
Anyway, it looks like I have a puppy that will scream like a banshee if she hasn't had a drink in the last hour, but silently plays in her own excrement