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My 12 week old pup is doing quite well toilet training during the day but nights are a nightmare!!! We have had 3 nights in last 4 weeks with no accidents but most mornings I come down to 3 or 4 poos??? I put her out around 11.30 and she wees and poos, her last feed is 5.30 pm. Help please!!! X
 

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I would stil be.getting up with her in the middle of the night she obviasly still cant proerly hold it over night. .

what is she fed on?

did you do anything different on the days where she didnt mess.
 

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What time do you get up to her in the mornings? I put mine out at midnight and up again at 5 a.m- I couldn't face getting up in the middle of the night. Fortunately I never had one messy crate with either of them.
 

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I started her in crate for first week and she messed in it when I came down at 2.30 and then again when I came down at 6. I get up with her about 6. I understand one poo but 3 or 4????? She is no longer in crate and has run of conservatory. She rarely has wee accidents in night, just the other!!!! X
 

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She is still pretty young still but mine had their last meal at 4. They were always hungry around 4. I gave them a chicken wing as well as their food so it was quite a large meal. They didn't appear to be hungry after that.
 

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Oh... In which case I'm stumped. However...

You mentioned she's on Natures Best Raw Diet.

Do you mean this one? http://www.hillspet.com/natures-best/canine-discover.html. The ingredients can be found here: http://www.hillspet.com/products/sd-canine-natures-best-chicken-and-brown-rice-dinner-puppy-dry.html.

I’m no food expert but perhaps try something lower in fibre. Dogs don’t actually need the grains and carbohydrates and this food, although better than most contains rice, wholegrain wheat, pearl barley, oats and flaxseed – all of which would stimulate any puppy to poo more. These ingredients are a healthy filler but a filler all the same. In fact, this food is higher in carbohydrate (nearly 40%) than protein (30%) which is what dogs need most.

Other dog foods that I know of are Fish 4 Dogs and Orijin. Fish 4 Dogs is 30% protein but the remaining ingredients are potatoes and vegetables. Be warned, it smells very fishy! Orijin is 70% protein and too rich for some puppies. It’s also very expensive. We bought a sample pack over the weekend and Saffi devoured it. Typical expensive tastes!

Another alternative that a lot of people swear by is Natural Instinct http://www.naturalinstinct.com/ but I don’t have any experience personally.

If yes,
 

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I started her in crate for first week and she messed in it when I came down at 2.30 and then again when I came down at 6. I get up with her about 6. I understand one poo but 3 or 4????? She is no longer in crate and has run of conservatory. She rarely has wee accidents in night, just the other!!!! X
Do you think its perhaps because she has run of conservatory. Maybe she is waking & having a good wander / sniff & so poos ? If she was still in crate she may realise its still night & go back to sleep maybe ? Or perhaps a bit nervous because she can't find you ? My Dexter is a crate in car pooper - pure nerves. Even if he's emptied his bowels, he'll still manage one when we've driven out of the street !!!
 
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Do you think its perhaps because she has run of conservatory. Maybe she is waking & having a good wander / sniff & so poos ? If she was still in crate she may realise its still night & go back to sleep maybe ? Or perhaps a bit nervous because she can't find you ? My Dexter is a crate in car pooper - pure nerves. Even if he's emptied his bowels, he'll still manage one when we've driven out of the street !!!
I didn't note that she was no longer in her crate at night - I'd say that may well be part of the reason. I'm sure that a lot of puppies need to go during the night but do their best not to because they don't want to mess in their crates but if they had the choice of pooing away from their bed and returning to a clean spot they'd give in to their bodily functions!

Was Honey unhappy in her crate? I know it looks like a cage to us but dogs see it as a safe place, their den. So perhaps she's actually happier confined to this space during the night and as Lisa suggests is a bit nervous having full run of the conservatory?
 

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We put her in crate for a week and she messed in that too! Every night and at least twice, then she slept in it! As for the food, she used to be on dried food and the sane thing happened, she had only been on raw for 2 weeks. I don't know what else to do!!!! X
 

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Although you tried her in her crate I assume now that she’s 12 weeks that at this point she was just nine weeks old? Even though you didn’t have much success then I’d still try confining her to her crate now – she was younger then and perhaps had less control over her bowels.

In her crate do you have vet bedding and/or newspaper or puppy pads?

In terms of food I think it takes a long time for puppies’ tummies to settle. Our puppy Saffi is still 12 weeks old and sometimes we find a poo in her crate overnight. They’re still little and I think this is to be expected.
 

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we've had a few messy nights then someone told me to get a small crate as ours was too big. i wouldnt have called it too big but what do i know. so we got a smaller one so she can stand up turn and lie down. first night she was dry all night, second she was messy but nothing since and that was 3 weeks ago.
we were leaving her from 11pm - 4.00am then. now at 14 weeks she is doig 10.30pm - 5am.

you'll get there :)
 

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We had mess every night and we thought it would never get better. At about 15 weeks old it just stopped. We changed nothing! We have a 36" crate - half vet bed and half puppy pad at night time. The puppy pad has not been used for almost 2 weeks - but we still leave it there just in case. he has his last meal at around 5:30. We take him out at around 11:30pm (he only ever wees) and then get up to him at 7:30am when he will wee and poo.
 

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Hey.. I have half bed and half training pad in a 36" crate as he is having the odd accident, however he lies on the training pad and poos or wees in his bed :confused:

I know he will get there in the end so not too worried. I cut my 36" vet be in half so I can wash one on a 15min quick wash and use the other. I would definitely go back to the crate :)

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