crate training a toy rat terrier

i have a toy rat terrier, he is nearly 4months old, i have been trying to house train him for a while now and nothing i do is working, as for right now he is in a crate ALL THE TIME with a pee pad on one side and bed on other, he lays in is bed chewing on his toy amd seems content in there, BUT i noticed his pee pad isnt peed up, so im thinking where the hell is he peeing, so i picked his bed up and sure enough! ALL PISSED IN! now WHY would he be pissing where he sleeps! thios isnt NORMAL, i dont know what to do, ive never had a puppy this breed before, ive always heard SMALL dogs and BIG dogs think differently and you have to train and treat them different. i need help, and a little bit of guidence so i can make this work, i really want him to be a good family dog for us, but im loosing hope, so any words of encouragement would be nice also, thanks for reading =)

Asked by Member 989042 on May 26th 2010 in Crate Training
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Holly Hallin

Don't be discouraged. WHY is your puppy in a crate "all the time"??? Poor thing! Here are some tips that will make training all together much easier-in every aspect...
-walk your dog everyday...they make umbrellas for rainy days
-feed the same time everyday (usually twice a day)
-don't overfeed
-always allow drinking water-no matter what
-teach your puppy tricks- "shake" "lay down" "off"(furniture-jumping, etc) "fetch" stimulate their brain
-offer kong toys w/ treats inside and let them work on it in an open safe space
-routine/schedule; let them out at the same time in the am when you wake up and pm before bed
Your puppy needs a job to do-you have to figure out what that should be for them. My mom got a rat terrier and let her out every 30 mins as a pup and she still peed in the house. The story is that this is the hardest breed to potty train. Really, you have to get the rest of the dog's life in order before you expect to tackle potty training successfully!

Holly Hallin answered on 5/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Take out the bed and everything in the crate. There should be no pee pads. The crate should be small enough so that the dog can only turn around and lay down or otherwise the dog will pee and poop on one end and play in the other.
You may need to enroll in a puppy training class at your local petsmart or petco or with a local trainer. There are tons of tricks and tips. Be sure that you are feeding at the same time every day and that you take your pup outside on a leash as soon as you take him out of the crate too!

Be patient and don't be discouraged! Stay positive and remember consistency is key! :)

Maverick answered on 5/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I am a big believer in crates, but hate to see any dog left over 4-5 hours. If you can't make it back to give it a mid day break, see if a neighbor or professional dog walker can. Doggy day care is a great idea too for slightly older dogs. Mavirick's post is a good start. You can block off part of a large crate. I never crate a dog when I am around to watch it. For more detail, see my post at

Aster answered on 5/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer