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Re: Messing in Crate

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  September 18, 2002 at 08:45:37

In Reply to: Messing in Crate
Category:   House Breaking
Posted by:  Dianne
Posted on:  September 17, 2002 at 21:28:30

Question:

: We got "Hank" from an Adoption Agency and have had him for about 2 months. In the beginning he was wonderful and had no accidents. I am careful to walk him for a mile every morning and every night. He usually does his "mess" then. The last few days, he messes in his crate! Is something wrong? He is 2 years old and seems extremely intelligent. We are baffled by his behavior. Thank you for any help you can give us.
: Dianne


Response:

Hi Dianne,

When a dog suddenly changes its bathroom habits, this is a time to have him checked out by your vet. Many times these changes are due to a physical problem. He could have a bladder infection, a bacterial infection, etc.

If your vet rules out anything physical then your next step is to go back to Housebreaking 101 and put him back of a feeding/potty schedule.

My terriers are still on a feeding schedule and somewhat on a potty schedule and these dogs are 8 and 7. Dogs love routine and I am lucky enough to be home to keep them on one.

Regards,
Marie