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Keeps crapping in her crate. I'd appreciate some advice on what to do...I think we are good then Blamo it's like me after Pizza Inn

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how new?

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The crate should only be big enough for her to stand up and turn around in. It's to big for her. Divide it or get a smaller crate.

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10 weeks. I've heard about the smaller crate...that's my next option

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When is she doing it? Is it often or only when she is in there for a long time at night?

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[quote name='Panthro' timestamp='1339455186' post='1798617']
10 weeks. I've heard about the smaller crate...that's my next option
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Should have been your first option.

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Get a smaller crate and let it outside more. You need to let puppies out A LOT when they are young so that they know that they are supposed to be shitting outside. Your dog will not let you know that it needs to go outside to poo until it makes the mental connection that poo only goes outside and this takes repetition.

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I've been waking up during the night to walk her outside. She's a finicky eater do I'm surprised about how much poop she has in her.

She also annoys the crap outta our old dog.

How to I shrink her existing crate?

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You can get a divider that hooks into the middle of the crate. If you introduced her to new food, this will also make her go a lot more. It takes a while for their stomach to adjust.

As far as the smaller crate goes, I've never had that problem. I brought my puppy home at almost 6 weeks and he was in an XL crate. He never had this problem unless it was my fault. Same for the boxers I've had.

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Mine would do fine for five hours. Anything longer and it was ugly. How long are you leaving her in there?

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Keep her on a regular schedule as far as feeding goes. If she doesn't eat all the food the pick it up. She should have a bm within the hour. She should eat on your schedule, not hers.

Buy a divider or make one. When mine was a pup I bought the biggest crate they offered anticipating for when he grew to full size and used the provided divider. A dog won't poo if they have to lay in it.

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[quote name='FurdTurgason' timestamp='1339457129' post='1798645']
Mine would do fine for five hours. Anything longer and it was ugly. How long are you leaving her in there?
[/quote]Four hours max when I'm at work. I come home at lunch

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