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Night mess

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Wing Commander, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Wing Commander

    Wing Commander PetForums Junior

    Feb 18, 2011
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    We have had Summer for a week and a half now and she is a lovely little dog (yellow lab).

    During the day she does all her toilet stops in the designated place in the corner of the garden but we are having a few issues at night. She is in a crate that is not locked and there is paper down by the back door. She goes out at 11pm and does a wee & poo. For the last 3 nights we have had 2 wees on the paper and a 'visitor' on the kitchen floor. We could start locking the crate at night I suppose but wondered if this was a phase that she will grow out of or if there is something we could do to avoid this problem. It's frustrating as she seems to be coming on so well during the day!

  2. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

    Feb 25, 2010
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    Hi there and welcome to the forum. :)

    its difficult to answer this question as you dont say how old your dog is so i can only offer you some general pointers.

    if she is very young, say 3 - 6 months then she probably just needs time to get used to the routine that you are creating for her. as with a young baby she will need to learn to control her bladder and bowels which can take several months (not like on the tv where it is cured in one sitting!).

    if she is an older dog it may be worth getting her checked out for a bladder infection.

    i would also suggest that you increase the crate training to allow her to spend the night with the door closed. this will encourage her to go through the night without the need for the toilet.

    dont just shut her in and hope for the best though or this may frighten her and make matters worse. practise during the day, asking her to "go to bed" or "in your crate", throw a treat into the crate for her and then close the door behind her. let her straight back out again and give her another treat telling her "good girl". once she is comfortable with being closed in the crate for about 15 minutes before being released then you can add a blanket cover over the crate. this will encourage her to settle (as being in the dark does for most animals). again take it slowly and, as before, treat her and speak to her in a calm soothing voice. if she shows any sign of anxiety go back a few steps and start again. keep practising. pretty soon you will have a calm dog who knows that when the blanket goes on the crate it is time for bed and the peeing and pooing can wait until morning!
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