Contrary to what we may have read or learned a puppy will urinate and or defecate in his or her crate. You may say, “But how can that be with all that I have read about how the inherited behaviors of a dogs denning instinct will preclude my little puppy from peeing an pooping in his crate.”
Au contraire, ma sœur ! The reality is at about five weeks of age is when the earliest of the earliest puppies will start wandering away from their sleeping and or eating areas to pee and poop. Before that they pee and poop where they sleep and eat, in this case the mother dog will eat the poop, keeping the puppy’s area clean and the urine will soak into whatever bedding or substrate materials you use.
So why will your little puppy go to the bathroom in his or her crate overnight or when you are not home ? Simply put they don’t have the opportunity to wander away from their sleeping area, the closed crate prohibits them doing so.
The crate will be of great help in housebreaking your little guy, once he / she gets a little older. But until then, it’s most likely to drive you crazy that your puppy goes to the bathroom in the crate when everything you have read said they won’t.
These spirit dog posts will help you with housebreaking, house training or crate training.
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