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Do you think it is ok to crate in this situation?

So our little maltese, Sasha, has been pooping in the house more often. She HATES the cold & snow (and she has a coat). Forget walks, she won't go!!! Anyhow, we take her out frequently (either in the front or the back) and will stay out there until she does something.

Well, we have been crating her at night because she has a tendency to just poop near the door (without letting us know) in the middle of the night. I take her out for the last time quite late ~ 1am or later.

So, do you think it is ok to crate her at night to prevent her from pooping in the house? She really hates it & would prefer to sit on top of her favorite pillow on a bed, but I don't want to wake up to poop on the floor.

My husband gets up early with my son, so it isn't like she has to hold it for long...she just doesn't like to poop in the cold!

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Re: Do you think it is ok to crate in this situation?

  • I'm a "new mom", but that is what we do with our little guy.  He is only 3 months old and can't hold it very long yet, so he tends to poop in the cage, then cry to get let out... but we put ours in a crate when we go to bed.  It is part so that he doesn't go to the bathroom in the house and part so that he doesn't do anything he isn't supposed to (like eat the Christmas tree or cords).
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    I'm a "new mom", but that is what we do with our little guy.  He is only 3 months old and can't hold it very long yet, so he tends to poop in the cage, then cry to get let out... but we put ours in a crate when we go to bed.  It is part so that he doesn't go to the bathroom in the house and part so that he doesn't do anything he isn't supposed to (like eat the Christmas tree or cords).

    lol is he destroying your house yet? I crate our other small little dog (Benji) because he has a tendency to mark...but he likes his crate. I even tried putting Sasha in Benji's crate, and she didn't like that either.

    The big dogs aren't crated because they never go in the house...she isn't *alone* in the crate though, Laddie, our collie usually sleeps on his orthopedic bed right next to her Big Smile

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  • If it were me I'd crate her until you can trust her again.
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    Miles (6 year old Maine C00n mix), Boots (5 year old Lab mix), Darla (4 year old GSD/Collie mix), Frankie (1.5 year old DSH mix), Peanut (15 months old - 09/11), and Bean (arriving Feb 2013).
  • Ha, not yet!  He tends to poop by the front door and only on the wood floor, never the carpet, which is nice.  It is weird though, because we always use the back door for him and he has never seen the front door!  Since he was with a foster mom, he was already crate trained.  Except for crying after he has gone to the bathroom in the crate, and not before.
  • I think it is fine...but I wonder if she doesn't like pooping with her coat on?  My parents used to put a coat on their westie and she started having the same problem.  It turned out that she wasn't comfortable pooping with her coat on so she would rush through and not do everything she needed to.  They started taking her out without the coat and the problem stopped.
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  • I am big fan of crates. We always crate our dogs at night. It also sounds like she will not be in there for long at all, so I cannot imagine why it would be a problem. :)
  • sounds perfectly fine to me.

    Coming from someone whose dog ALSO hates crates :-)

  • we crate at night.  and i put a little rug in their so that its soft and warm for her. 
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