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Puppy keeps peeing in his crate

14 years ago

Over a month ago my wife and I adopted a Shih Tzu puppy from a shelter. He is now a little over 4 months old, and we're still having major potty issues with him. He constantly pees in his crate and has no objections to lying in it.

At first I got up at night every time he barked, which was about 2-3 times a night. After 3-4 weeks of getting very little sleep we decided to only let him out at most once a night or he'd continue to bark whenever he has to go and never learn to hold it. However, after a couple weeks of this he continues to pee in his crate at night and just lies in it so he's soaking wet with pee when I come to let him out. Even during the daytime he does this if he has to go into his crate from 1-4 hours.

We've made the crate as small as possible so he can just barely lie down. We've taken out all the blankets. We've taken him to the vet to make sure there's no health reason he should be doing this. Is there anything else we can do to stop him from doing this? Are we doing anything wrong? We're at the point where we're considering just leaving him in the laundry room (It's a big room), and putting down a puppy pad so he at least doesn't cover himself on pee. I hate to switch his training method though, as we currently don't use the puppy pads and he is getting to be pretty good at letting us know when he has to potty while we're home.

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