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Hi All,

First post as I'm new here so hi to everyone. I'm having some major issues with one of my Chihuahuas going to the toilet while in the crate.

Bit of background - I have 2 x male chihuahuas and both are 5 years old, Tyson and Roddy. They both weren't properly trained from puppies as my ex partner had them living at her house for the first 14 months of their life and I wasn't around much to train them.

So Tyson used to have issues now and again but he hasnt done anything in his crate for months.

Roddy on the other hand is having a lot of issues crate training. There is no pattern to when he goes in the crate, he is always fed at the same time every day and has his drinks round the same time(water is taken up after a certain time at night)

He gets walked twiced a day(quite early as well normally 6:30-7am) he also gets took out multiple times a day in between that to go to the toilet.

I have tried literally everything I can think of and read online but he still just randomly wee's and poo's in his crate.

So i have tried:

Putting him in a smaller crate
praising every time he goes to the toilet outside
cleaning the crate with the proper solution for pets to take away the smell
removing his blanket
adding blanket in
feeding him in the crate so he knows its where he eats
treats for going outside

He eats the same amount as Tyson but seems to have more poo's

I have also have two dog trainers in at a considerable cost but their advice was also unsuccessful

Im at a complete loss on what to do as there is no pattern at all to when he goes - he can go 3-4 days without any accidents then all of a sudden he wee's 3 times in his crate in a day or he can start doing it for a few days again. I don't believe its as medical issue as he's always kind of been like this.

Im looking for any advice to help out with this situation as its frustrating to get up early every day and let him out late at night to see no results, all while working long hours and having a new baby. I don't want to get rid of him at all as i think he will be passed round familes who cant deal with him but its so hard at the moment.

Thanks

Jonny
 

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Hi All,

First post as I'm new here so hi to everyone. I'm having some major issues with one of my Chihuahuas going to the toilet while in the crate.

Bit of background - I have 2 x male chihuahuas and both are 5 years old, Tyson and Roddy. They both weren't properly trained from puppies as my ex partner had them living at her house for the first 14 months of their life and I wasn't around much to train them.

So Tyson used to have issues now and again but he hasnt done anything in his crate for months.

Roddy on the other hand is having a lot of issues crate training. There is no pattern to when he goes in the crate, he is always fed at the same time every day and has his drinks round the same time(water is taken up after a certain time at night)

He gets walked twiced a day(quite early as well normally 6:30-7am) he also gets took out multiple times a day in between that to go to the toilet.

I have tried literally everything I can think of and read online but he still just randomly wee's and poo's in his crate.

So i have tried:

Putting him in a smaller crate
praising every time he goes to the toilet outside
cleaning the crate with the proper solution for pets to take away the smell
removing his blanket
adding blanket in
feeding him in the crate so he knows its where he eats
treats for going outside

He eats the same amount as Tyson but seems to have more poo's

I have also have two dog trainers in at a considerable cost but their advice was also unsuccessful

Im at a complete loss on what to do as there is no pattern at all to when he goes - he can go 3-4 days without any accidents then all of a sudden he wee's 3 times in his crate in a day or he can start doing it for a few days again. I don't believe its as medical issue as he's always kind of been like this.

Im looking for any advice to help out with this situation as its frustrating to get up early every day and let him out late at night to see no results, all while working long hours and having a new baby. I don't want to get rid of him at all as i think he will be passed round familes who cant deal with him but its so hard at the moment.

Thanks

Jonny
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It is difficult to undo ingrained habits. You should be taking him out more often so he doesn't have a chance to go potty in his crate. Going a few days without any accidents is great but not a success, it will take months to break an ingrained behavour, the longer he will go without having an accident the better chance of having success in the long run.

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Is he neutered? If not the peeing might actually be marking, especially if you have another male dog.

How long is he in his crate for, do you put him in it or does he wander in and out wheever he wants to? If he's able to come and go freely I would shut it so he can't get in to go and pee there. If he doesn't go indoors anywhere else it sounds like he's got the idea that the crate is a potty area.

I'd go back to puppy basics, outside or on pads after waking up, before bed, after drinking, after eating, after playing and every 20 minutes in between. Take him out and stay out until he does then reward like crazy. Watch him like a hawk, don't leave him unsupervised in the crate for a minute, only give access to it when you are observing him. Any sign he's going to potty, grab him with an "ah-ah" sound and take him straight to his outdoor spot/pad.

Any accidents just clean up and say nothing. If you tell them off it can make things worse as they'll start to sneak away to use somewhere else in the house or wait until the second your back's turned. Better to grit your teeth and ignore, however frustrating it is. Be consistent, preservere and stick to it, it could take weeks or even months to undo a long ingrained habit.
 
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