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We recently adopted (2 weeks ago) a 4 month old mix. Unfortunately, we have no choice but to crate her during the day. We have been trying to get her used to being in there for short periods of time. I had to leave for about 1 1/2 hours today so I put her in there with a water dish. Once again, I come home to find her wet and with urine in her water dish. We make sure she pees before we leave but it doesn't seem to help. I'm getting a bit perturbed with having to give her a bath almost every day. It's probably because she is bored, but I don't want to have her chew on anything in there and then choke on it or something. We leave the TV on for some background noise. There is no blanket in the crate as our last dog ate two and had to have stomach surgery twice. I don't think it would be good to leave her in there without water, would it? BTW, she is doing really good on her house training with no oopsies in three days. I need some help here folks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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at 4 months she's fine to be restricted water when crated. Be sure to give her a longish walk 5+ minutes and pull all water 30 minutes prior to leaving. It's actually traumatizing for a pup to be forced to eliminate in "the den" so giving them the best opportunity for prevention is the key.
my 8.5wk old pup can hold it in his crate for 6 hours over nite, so can your dog that's twice his age.
 

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Thanks. She sleeps all night in just a bed next to ours. The walk might be a bit difficult at 5am.

Thanks again.
 

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Have you considered getting her a dog bed, instead of a blanket? Since you said it's a mixed breed, but didn't say whether it's small, medium or large breed. I don't have any experince with dogs except the one I have. Not every dog is destructive in their den, so just because your other dogs ate the blanket, doesn't mean your dog will do so. Maybe it should be a bed, instead of a blanket.

I personally use my old blanket and old towel, I haven't had any problems with Stardust being destructive...but she's small to begin with.

As for the water - if you're only going to be gone for 1 to 3 hours, I don't think it's cruel not to give her water. But...this may help. :)

Pet Water Bottles for crates

At least it will keep the bowl OFF the floor of the crate.
 
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