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Hello lovelies:)

We have had our wonderful little Archie for just over a month now, he is a very bright, smart little puppy and is getting on really well with socialisation and training.

He is, however, really struggling with learning to be toilet trained. We have the occasional accident in the house, which is OK - he mostly does try and alert us to the fact that he needs to go out. He is great in his crate too - but we have found that he is weeing in his crate over night which we really want to help him stop.

He is taken out for 15/20 minute walks every evening. He is given several toilet breaks after that and then given a good run around in the garden before we put him to bed. He is fed at around 6/6:30 and his water is taken away at 9 (an hour before bed time). So we think that we are following good rules but wonder if anyone has any suggestions for helping our little guy?

His crate is perhaps too large, we bought it thinking that it would be a good size for him to grow in to .... do you think it would help if we had a smaller crate?

Looking forward to all your thoughts and feedback :)
 

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I think puppies must be a bit like toddlers - with some gaining bladder control and getting the hang of the whole thing quicker and easier than others.

What time do you get up in the morning? Maybe you could go to bed an hour later to shorten the night for him. But yes - we had a smaller crate to start with (30") and Lolly only wee'd in it the first night and then went through from then on so maybe you could block some of yours off. Surely anything is worth a try!!
 

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I think puppies must be a bit like toddlers - with some gaining bladder control and getting the hang of the whole thing quicker and easier than others.

What time do you get up in the morning? Maybe you could go to bed an hour later to shorten the night for him. But yes - we had a smaller crate to start with (30") and Lolly only wee'd in it the first night and then went through from then on so maybe you could block some of yours off. Surely anything is worth a try!!
Thank you so much for your support, means a lot! I think we could try making Archie's crate a little smaller - you're right, anything is worth a try!

To be fair to the little fella, he started off really well and we had mostly dry nights. But just lately he's started having accidents :(

We go to bed around 10 and get up to let him out at 6. I see no reason why we couldn't try keeping him up an hour later ... typically, I am in bed and asleep by 10/10:30 so it'll be some good practice for me too :) :) :)
 

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My girl started in an 18" crate.
No size difference to a dog bed.
With no crate wees.
One afternoon she was in the larger crate sleeping ( massive four foot thing ) locked her in, popped upstairs for an hour, ta dah wee & poo!
So I do think size matters. Lol
 

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Rocky keeps clean and dry in his crate but we are still only pushing him to 6/7 hours. I stay up and do the late shift, while hubby gets up earlier while I sleep on a while. He has a 30" crate and in the beginning I portioned off a part of it but that didn't work out too well so he had the whole thing from very tiny. Only time he ever messed it was when he had runny poos and couldn't hold it :eek: x
 

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Aww, Archie is adorable.

I got up in the middle of the night to let Chloe out for quite a while after we got her. You probably don't want to know how long I did it for ;) Eventually though, she was able to make it through the night. We take her out for the last time quite late, though...near midnight. She never had an accident in her kennel but I did lose a lot of sleep, so it was a trade off, I guess.

You could try taking away his water a bit earlier in the evening. I agree that making the kennel smaller might help but he is still young. It'll come in time :)
 

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I am having this problem too. Pretty much everyday for the last 8 weeks of having her. She's fab at everything else but cannot seem to hold it. She used to rush urgently to the door when I let her out in the morning to get out into the garden but doesn't now as she's weed in her cage. This morning i followed the advice on here and didn't rush straight down in the morning to let her out but there was a wee. There seems to be one either way, whether I rush down or not.

My hubby thinks maybe leaving the old towel in the cage would do the trick as she does it for a clean towel and she wouldn't want to spend the night with the smell of that. Should we try that or is it mean?

Tonight I am going to try going straight down to her as I think she did the wee in between waking up and me letting her out as she stratched and then silence as she must have gone back to sleep so must have weed.

It's a tricky one isn't it? Think I am going to look for a smaller cage.
 

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I don't think I would leave the towel in there as she obviously isn't too bothered (ie has enough room to feel far enough away from it) otherwise she wouldn't have wee'd in the first place. The smell in your house might not be too pleasant either!!

Try getting up an hour earlier. Get to her before she needs to go. I would definately think about a smaller crate even if its just for a few weeks. Maybe a second hand one.
 

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thanks everyone, some really good, usable advice:)

We are going to try making his cage smaller, it is plenty big enough so shoulnd't be a problem!

Also we are trying to stay up later with him. He was pretty good when we first got him: clean over night - it's just been in the last few days that he's started having accidents.

We'll get there - he's a smart pup so I'm confident that we'll be dry ... soon ... ish ;)
 
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