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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Peeing in Crate Overnight

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I'm new to this forum and welcome some help! We have a 5 month old German Shepherd puppy. He is doing pretty well with house training - his accidents in the house are few and far between. But, for some reason, he pees in the crate every night. I've tried making the crate smaller, so he doesn't have as much room to get away from his pee, and he didn't seem to care or mind sitting in it. I take up the water every night around 7:30 or 8:00 pm and he goes on his last trip outside around 10:00 pm and I get him up around 7:00 am. And, there have been nights where the time is much shorter, but he still pees every time and sometimes still poops. But, during the day, sometimes we won't get to go home at lunch to let him out and he can go 9 hours without using the bathroom. I'm just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or a better method - anyone have any advice?

Thanks so much!!
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Get up and take him out. Set an alarm, if you have to.

My GSD bitch was well over a year old before she could make it all the way from an 11:30 PM bedtime to a 7:00 AM get-up time without a potty run between 4:00 and 6:00. If I slept through or ignored her fussing, I could pretty much guarantee she was going to need to be hosed off and her crate cleaned.

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Did I read that right? 10 to 7?! 10pm to 7am is waayyyyy too long for a 5 month old puppy. That's 9 hours! The general rule is for every x months of a puppy's age, a puppy can hold it for x hours. So a 2 month old can hold it for 2 hours. 3 month old, 3 hours. And so on. A 5 month old should be able to hold it for about 5 hours (plus or minus an hour). You're making your 5 month old hold it for 9 hours? Way too long!! Like LeoRose said, set your alarm for about 2am or 3. Has to be done, otherwise you'll continue to have a pup that pees in its crate. The other option is to go to bed later. Take him out at midnight and wake up an hour earlier at 6am. (You still get 6 hours of sleep. Not a lot but enough for a grownup.) It's only a month of your life to sacrifice some sleep. Puppy stage is not a breeze. You gotta put in the time and sacrifice some sleep for another few months...at least. Change your schedule/habits now or else your pup's going to get used to peeing in his crate. Then it'll be much harder to break that bad habit.
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Hi there!
I'm new to this forum and welcome some help! We have a 5 month old German Shepherd puppy. He is doing pretty well with house training - his accidents in the house are few and far between. But, for some reason, he pees in the crate every night. I've tried making the crate smaller, so he doesn't have as much room to get away from his pee, and he didn't seem to care or mind sitting in it. I take up the water every night around 7:30 or 8:00 pm and he goes on his last trip outside around 10:00 pm and I get him up around 7:00 am. And, there have been nights where the time is much shorter, but he still pees every time and sometimes still poops. But, during the day, sometimes we won't get to go home at lunch to let him out and he can go 9 hours without using the bathroom. I'm just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or a better method - anyone have any advice?

Thanks so much!!
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You are not doing anything wrong. And 10-7 is fine. You just need to reset him. So keep doing what you are doing but set an alarm for 3. Out to pee and right back in for a week, then try 4. if he makes a mess go back to 3:30.
At some point you did a jump that was to big for him and he had an accident, decided it was ok. Scrub the crate and reset, he will be fine
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I agree with Sabis Mom - 10 - 7 is fine for a 5 month old puppy... but you'll need to go back to basics for a little bit. Make sure you get a good enzyme cleaner and give the crate a good clean so it doesn't smell any more.
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it depends on the dog. Some can hold it sooner and for longer than others. If the crate is small and he is still doing it he is simply in there for too long with out a break. Give him a potty break in the middle and slowly stretch the length of time until you eliminate the break.
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At 5 months I was waking up in the middle of night (3am - 5am) to go potty.

She's 7 months now and she doesn't need that anymore.
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Thank y'all so much! I tried getting up at 3:00 am to let him out last night and it went great! No scrubbing the crate this morning! Woohoo!
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or instead of waking up at 3am, go at 12 then at 6am. i do that on both my gsd's when they were 8 weeks old.
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