|Barked: Thu Apr 20, '06 9:47am PST |
|Asta, 15 wk old golden, has had a problem with peeing in her crate since we got her at 7 wks old. She does not do this at night, only during the day. We used to leave her in the crate for only 2-3 hours at a time while we're at work, but as she's gotten older we've increased that to 4 hours at a time. Every time we come home, she has peed inside the crate.
At first we thought her crate was just too big, but since she has grown over the weeks, that's no longer a possibility.
Then we thought she had some separation anxiety, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. She willingly goes into her crate, lies down and starts chewing on her Kong. She no longer barks or whines when we leave.
Then we thought maybe we were just leaving her in the crate for too long, but since she is 15 wks, shouldn't she be able to hold it 4 hours? At night, she goes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m without needing to pee.
So - should we just be patient that as she gets a bit older she will grow out of this? Or is this a problem we need to be dealing with differently? We're so worried that she is coming to view this as normal. Has anyone else had this problem?
We've fed her meals in her crate to encourage her to view it as her den, and if we take her blanket out of it when we put her in, sometimes she will hold it for 4 hours, sometimes not. We've done alone training, are in a puppy kindergarten class, and housebreaking in every other aspect is going well.
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