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We have seven 14 week old puppies. They are border collie/husky/lab mixes. We rescued the mom (a piebald husky) who was pregnant. I think there are probably multiple fathers because some look alike, some look like they do not belong to the same litter.

Anyway, we have them in big crates to sleep at night. Two to a kennel, and one really huge kennel, in which we put three. All have plenty of room (thus far).

But, here is my problem. We feed them Eukanuba large breed puppy formula. I feed them early in the morning, around seven. Then, I feed a second feeding around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. They are outside on good weather days, practically all day. They love it!

The problem is, it doesn't seem to matter how long they are out, or when I feed them, they will poop and pee in their crates. I have even just done a big feeding only in the morning to see if that would help and it doesn't.

They remind me of a cat who gets a clean litterbox, they automatically go in it. Sometimes, it's within five minutes from when they get in them.

They are very high energy. I know probably all puppies are to a degree, but these guys are something else. When I step into the pen with them, it's automatic chew and jump on mommy. I have scratches up and down my arms and we even use the pedipaws to trim their nails. They are not trying to be mean, they just are extremely happy to be with us. Plus, I suppose it's a pack behavior? When we have one out at a time, they are better, but even at that, they are very wild acting.

So, what am I doing wrong to get them to stop going in their crates at night? Or, is this just a phase and when they get older, they will hold it longer? Like I said, it doesn't seem to matter whether or not they eat late or early, they will go in the crates.

H E L P!!! :confused:
 

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WOW. Seven 14 week-olds? Do you intend to keep them all for life? If so, you have a LOT of work on your hands... even experienced dog owners consider raising two littermates to be a formidable task.

You need to keep them on a schedule. Not all of them will need to go at the same time. Some may need to go half an hour after eating, some may need to go two hours after eating. (This is part of why raising two puppies at once is tough.) It will be a bit of a gargantuan task but you need to keep a tab on each puppy and roughly when he or she needs to go after eating.

Alternatively, get them all individual crates to sleep in. Dogs instinctively do not soil their sleeping places, but if their sleeping place is big enough for them to sleep in one spot and potty in another, that's what they will do. If you have a dog in a crate that is only large enough for him to stand up and turn around in (which is the recommended size), he won't potty in it. That does mean that you will need to take them out every three or four hours to relieve themselves, even in the middle of the night, as they can't quite hold their bladders too well yet.

Definitely check out the "The Bite Stops Here" sticky in the training forum. In fact, I'd read all the stickies in the training forum... I'd also get started pronto on socialisation and some basic training.
 
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