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Crate Training During the Day

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We have had our newest little girl for 6 days and unfortunately we both work Monday-Friday jobs. We have been crate training her and while night training has been very successful, day training has been quite messy. I'm the one that comes home from work first and I'm always met with a huge poop mess in her crate. Our other dog NEVER pooped in his crate at this age and gave us no trouble. I'm getting up around 530 to 6am to make sure she potties, eats breakfast, potties some more before we leave for work but still there's a huge mess in the crate! I'm getting very discouraged and need some advice on any tips or tricks that I can enable to stop these day time disasters?
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Well, first you may be expecting too much from a young pup for potty training.

Second, you could add a floor grate to the crate, then line the pan with potty pads. This wont eliminate the mess, but it should help to reduce the mess.

Third, for a pup to be crated all day is quite alot of time. Reality, the pup shouldn't be crated for more than about 4 hours at a time.
Wow.....bit harsh dont ya think Applesnfeathers????

I offered 3 suggestions. You can use if you wish or not use as you wish.

Truth is.....not all pups are the same. Human babies potty train at different rates, so do puppies. A pup locked in a crate may be well loved, but it is not getting the social time and interaction time with its care givers. It is a bit like loving a child but locking the child in their room 18 hours/day. The child will likely mature into a maladjusted adult. Dogs are not much different.

Potty training is a long journey. Frequently it is a long trip and will test your patience. Crate training can also be difficult depending on the dog. Some are very comfortable in their crate, other dogs want and need to be with their humans. Learn your dog's traits, characteristic, needs and personality. Then you can adjust to the process that works best for that dog.

BTW, no one said you didn't take the dogs to the Vet.

Good Luck. I think you may be on your own.
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