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I have a 7 month old Belgian malinois. Currently, when I leave him in his crate to go to work, about half the time I come home to him having peed inside his crate, and today I came home to him having completely destroyed the plastic floor to his kennel. He’s just started doing this a few weeks ago. As a really young pup, he never had this issue. He gets taken out 3 times a day for around 30 minutes at a time over the course of 8 hours or so. Outside of that he’s always out of the crate. I’d like to know what the issue is and how I can fix it, because I’m tired of my room smelling like pee. It doesn’t have to do with his bladder control, because at night he will sleep on my bed with me just fine with no bathroom issues. But when I leave him there for 2 or 3 hours, he pees everywhere. I try to give him toys and such in the box, but it doesn’t seem to help. Is this some sort of separation anxiety? Or am I not working him enough? He’s not neutered either, does that have anything to do with it? Thanks for the help!
 

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Hello,

I have a 7 month old Belgian malinois. Currently, when I leave him in his crate to go to work, about half the time I come home to him having peed inside his crate, and today I came home to him having completely destroyed the plastic floor to his kennel. He’s just started doing this a few weeks ago. As a really young pup, he never had this issue. He gets taken out 3 times a day for around 30 minutes at a time over the course of 8 hours or so. Outside of that he’s always out of the crate. I’d like to know what the issue is and how I can fix it, because I’m tired of my room smelling like pee. It doesn’t have to do with his bladder control, because at night he will sleep on my bed with me just fine with no bathroom issues. But when I leave him there for 2 or 3 hours, he pees everywhere. I try to give him toys and such in the box, but it doesn’t seem to help. Is this some sort of separation anxiety? Or am I not working him enough? He’s not neutered either, does that have anything to do with it? Thanks for the help!
You mention two or three hours, is this how long you is at work? Silly question, is there anyway you can work from home or possibly take the pup to the office with you...?
 

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You mention two or three hours, is this how long you is at work? Silly question, is there anyway you can work from home or possibly take the pup to the office with you...?
After 3 hours, he gets visited by a dog sitter, then another 3 or so hours later, I come him to let him out (my lunch break) and then 3 hours later the dog sitter comes back. Then I come home from work. And I can’t work from home, and I can bring him into the office maybe every Friday.
 

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A vet check might be in order. I would suspect a possible UTI if my dog started peeing in his crate and usually didn't.

Is he drinking an enormous amount of water or anything before going into his crate for the last time before you return from work? Is the sitter making sure he pees before putting him in his crate the last time? Is it the same sitter both times?

Does the crate have bedding? If so, I would remove it if you ruled out a medical condition and the sitter letting the dog drink too much water or not peeing before going back in the crate for the last time. Bedding soaks up the urine, but a bare floor will make a rather uninviting place to pee. Is his crate too big? Can he pee on one side of the crate and lay down on the other? If he's destroying the plastic crate liner, use an airline style crate. Nothing he can tear up.

I doubt it's separation anxiety if he's fine the two earliest potty breaks and has zero problems.

How much exercise and mental stimulation is he getting? Destructiveness can be a symptom of inadequate exercise....but not always. He's 7 months old, so not terribly unusual.

Being intact or neutered doesn't matter. The only thing neutering does is ensure the dog can't reproduce.

I would also suggest cleaning accidents with a cleaner like Nature's Miracle, which completely eliminates the smell of urine and feces, even to a dog.
 

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Sounds like a whole lot of pent up energy resulting in frustration and destructive frantic behavior. What does his typical weekly activity look like?
 
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