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Ok, there's a ton of "dog peeing in crate threads", but nothing along the lines of my issue. My dog is German Shepard clone. The father had some Shepard but was a mix. The mom was a lab-looking mix. My dog basically looks like a black German Shepard and has the same mannerisms and drive as one.

He gets crated as he can't be left unsupervised. I'm super consistent with him, and he's super stubborn with me. He's about 1.6 years old, and I've yet to get him fully potty trained as nothing works. (hence why he's crated) Catching him in the act then dragging him outside wasn't sufficient as it never clicked for him. So I went with the crate routine; feed, take him out to go, then straight back to the crate. For the most part that works. But if I can't watch him 100%, he gets crated.

He used to never go in the crate. Even when I was working long days, he was really good about holding it. About 4 months ago I got a kitten. Kept them separated by putting his crate in the spare bedroom (also in the spare bedroom as I dislike separation anxiety dogs-people make them that way). As far as separation anxiety goes, there is none. Giving him "alone time" has worked wonders as he doesn't howl when I leave, or anything else that's obnoxious by my going somewhere. He gets along really well with the cat, and the cat thinks he's a play friend. So no issues there. BUT, he started pissing in his crate awhile back. It wasn't consistent though, so I thought he just couldn't hold it. After awhile I started getting extremely angry as 1. it stinks, 2. it's like a gallon of urine, 3. he's old enough to not be doing it, 4. taking him out before leaving for 30 minutes still resulted in a bucket of raunchy smelling urine!!

Well, after awhile I concluded that the cat would go in the room, and then he was peeing in his crate- despite the fact that they play absolutely wonderful together. Never any aggression from him. (last night the cat sneaked in before I closed the door :( ) Neither he nor the male cat/kitten are fixed. Cat is 5 months old.

Any ideas to stop this? I'm trying to be vigilant and preventing the cat from going in there. The cat likes him and is sneaky, so it's hard to prevent him 100%. I'm thinking about letting the cat in the crate while he's out, then letting both stay in the crate abit to give the cat ownership or something. Also, would getting the dog fixed prevent this? That cat will get fixed when he's a little older. I used to clean the urine up right away, but I've been forcing him to stay in there longer without cleaning due to the fact I'm worried that he'll track it through the house, then the cat might try to get competitive and mark over anything that's getting tracked.

EDIT: Never poops in there, just peeing when cat is in there for a length of time, and my being home or not doesn't seem to matter either.
SO, Dog + Cat + no playtime together = Bucket of Urine
 

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In all honesty, he was "carried" out once, after walking in the room, and just pissing in front of me. That infuriated me. If you guys/gals can stay calm with that kind of behavior from an adult dog, the more power to you. When he was smaller, I'd take him out directly after eating, and pick him up to finish outside if I caught him inside. (he's too big for that now) As far as stubborn goes, he's one of those dogs that just is at times. Stupid at other times as he rarely lifts his leg and ends up pissing on himself as he won't squat enough. On 2 occasions he was left unattended with free-roam, once as a puppy and once again around 8 months old- no potty but destroyed stuff-never again lol.

People do create insecure dogs as well as harboring an environment where they get "labeled" with separation anxiety (or on the flip side of that they allow the behavior to go unchecked). Praising your dog with excitement after returning home, having the dog's sole focus on yourself (not any of you, just saying in general) will also create this behavior. As well as inappropriate timings for reinforcement "oh, good boy" while he's nervous, you're walking out the door, etc. Smaller dog's typically get treated like "children" instead of dogs and insecurities can be induced. If they were wild and in a pack, they aren't going to be insecure as they'd be the 1st to go. They aren't born with fears-

I'll try giving him treats outdoors as well as getting him fixed soon as I'm not going to breed him. There's not a lot I can do about the cat getting him hyper, other than being more vigilant that the cat remains away unless supervised, as I'm TIRED of wiping up a bunch of piss. I swear, he's got like a reserve tank hidden somewhere. Had other dog's with numerous cats in the past, and this was never an issue before. Thx-
 
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