How to keep my dog from peeing in his kennel?
December 13, 2010 11:42 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend's dog, a 7 year old beagle, has recently starting peeing in his crate at night. Why is he doing this, and how can we fix it?
posted by sherber to Pets & Animals (9 answers total)
My boyfriend has had his dog, Dutch, since he was a baby puppy. He has been fully housetrained, with only the occasional accident. He's very good about asking to go out--if I'm home with him all day, he always starts bugging me if he needs something.
When we first moved to our apartment about 7 months ago, my boyfriend had not been crating Dutch at night. In the past, however, he has crated him at night successfully. We decided not long after moving in that Dutch was going to be crated at night again, since he is a bed hog. We did this for a few months with no problems, but then about a month ago started slacking off and letting him sleep with us again. Last week we decided to start crating him again, but the first night we did this, he whined all night and peed in his crate. Then, once we got new bedding and cleaned the crate, we tried again a few days later--same result. The next night he wasn't crated, and he decided to pee on the floor at the foot of our bed. Then last night we crated him again, and he started whining at about 3am and had peed in his crate.
We aren't really sure what's going on. He doesn't need to go out frequently during the day, and can hold it while we are at work just fine. So we don't think that it's a medical problem (although we are making a vet appointment and will be talking to the vet about this to rule out anything). The night that he peed at the foot of the bed, I had taken him out just three hours earlier, and he hadn't signaled to either of us that he needed to out like he always does during the day.
Looking online, my boyfriend says he read something about how changes can cause this kind of "acting out" behavior. It seems like if he was unhappy with our living arrangement, or with the cat who he became roommates with when we moved in together, he would have started acting out much earlier. The only thing we've changed in the apartment is putting some stuff in storage, and neither of our schedules have changed significantly. Also, we don't crate him during the day, as he doesn't need it--he's an old man and pretty much sleeps all day as far as we know. So it's not that he's pissed about spending too much time in his crate, since nighttime is the ONLY time he spends in it.
I hope this isn't too long, but I wanted to include as many details that might be relevant as I could in case something stuck out as a problem to someone. Can anyone think of what might be causing this, and what we can do to fix it?