erica h: Why does my pit bull dog poop every night in her kennel?
Whats Happening: Every night our dog who is kenneled poops and pees in her cage. ALWAYS. She then lays in it and I have even caught her laying with her face in IT. When I leave for longer periods I will put her in her kennel and she still poops even if I am gone 15 minutes.
Dog: Pit bull terrier Age: Almost a year
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Good diet same as our other dog who has NO issues.
She is outside ALL day on a run so she has LOTS of exercise.
She is fed first thing in the morning. This was changed in the hopes that it was the easy solution.
She does have water all day but we can't really take it away from her or she will get dehydrated!
She is in a LARGE metal kennel with a plastic tray liner.
She did have a blanket but we had to remove it because of the constant mess.
She is RIGHT next to our other dog who I mentioned does not share the same issues. We did this again in the hopes that she was lonely and needed a friend. Their cages are very open so they can see each other.
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Answer by ~ Rescued Dogs Rule ~
Separation Anxiety, My dog would dance around in his all night. We leave a pillow case or shirt in there that smells like us and he does fine, only has an accident once in a while now.
Answer by Kim
We had this issue with our new puppy about a year ago.
This is what I did.
I feed 2 times a day. morning and 4pm at the latest.
Take water away after 7pm.
I had to sleep out side the kennel and take him out every 1/2 hour for the first week to break this habit. I was very tired, but it worked.
My dog also had a problem with his food. He was going about 5 times a day and still at night. We found out that he is allergic to chicken.
After diet change life has been easier. Good luck
Answer by Angel
The saying goes that dogs will not want to eliminate in their own bed. My theory is she does not View this kennel as her bed/home. One thing that may help is getting her a smaller crate, one that is just big enough for her to turn around in and lay down in but not so large that it defeats its purpose. Also if possible when you are home with her during the day, take her off of her run and put her in her crate for a few minutes with a treat then take her out. Repeat that a few times during the day each time giving her a treat and leaving her in her crate a little longer. This will help her associate her crate with happy things. This is something that will not happen in your case ''overnight'' but if you try this over a period of a few days, she will begin to see her crate as a safe happy place and not punishment. I hope this helps, good luck! P.S. If she is not driven by treats, try a favorite toy!
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Answer by kouneli
First of all, what time of the night do you put her in the crate? Would you possibly be able to let her out to go potty right before you get to bed? About what time does she go in the kennel? See if you can have a night where you get up, check on her every hour or so, and find out when she needs to do her business. If she can't work around your schedule, try working around hers. Take her out at about the same time she needs to go. Slowly try taking her out earlier and earlier, give her a SMALL treat when she goes. Reward her for going earlier. Eventually she should be going potty right before you go to bed, therefore not going in her crate.
Answer by Korrupter
Maybe get rid if the kennels. Whats the point of having them? Why not let them free in the house at night?
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