We got our pup Jackson when he was 8 weeks old. Knowing he was a baby we didn't expect much out of him. We decided we would crate train him. He took to it geat, never whined unless he needed out, which wasn't often since we took him out offten.
Now he is close to 6 months, he whines constantly while in the crate. And recently started peeing in the crate. This is not like he was when younger. We take him out every 2-3 hours.(Wife stays home).
The crate is a large one with a divider to give him enough room to turn around and lay down. We have also tried given him more room for comfort, either way it didn't matter to him.
He is not left in there all day, we get him out and play with him and let him spends hours outside playing with another dog we have outside.
Are we doing something wrong here or is there a better way to go about this? I have tried to have him loose in the house with supervision, but both times he has peed on the floor withing 30 minutes of being outside.
I love my dog and want him in the house but he is driving the fanily mad with whining all the time.(except at night when sleeping) What can I do?
I have been wondering if he has been doing it because he does not want ot be in his crate. We try to make it a happy place for him but he would rather sit at my feet. I work from hom a couple days a week and he likes sitting in the office with me and can go hours without needing to go outside.
I dont know if this is any help but we've had a setback with Keely's toilet training because she had a UTI. But what i did notice during that time (when she was squatting and dribbling every couple of minutes) is that they very quickly realise that when they are peeing and after they have peed they have your attention ie looking at them, moving them, talking to them, taking them outside, praising them when they do the right thing, even cleaning up after them. I think Keely's problem was compounded by me reacting every time - even just getting up to clean after her, even though i did try to do that without looking at her or talking to her.
I do wonder sometimes (have experienced this with previous dogs also) whether they initially get the hang of toilet training, then they realise that toileting is a surefire way to get your attention and they take advantage for a while, causing them to revert back to previous toileting behaviour. He may be peeing in the crate now because he knows it will get a reaction - good or bad. Please dont get me wrong, i dont know much about crate training because i never really used a crate except just as a safe haven for sleeping in (i mean for the dog, not me ), but maybe going back to basics and starting him off in there for very short periods again, and maybe even re-assessing what his favourite games, toys, treats etc are and working on having him associate the crate with those things.
Good luck x