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Old 01-31-2013, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pooping puppy

We had a Yorkie for 12 years and he had to be put down 2 years ago. It was time to get another.
Tucker was born via C-Section on April 29.2012. We brought him home in November, 2012.
We have, what I think is an unusual problem. He was pad trained by the breeder, but didnt really use that when we got home. We've made a few mistakes ( I think):
- we bought too big of a crate. Then we got the small one. We placed a blanket and a lambs wool pad in there for him. He was afraid to go in there at night, but we palced him there every night and have taken him out each morning.
- At the same time, we got him a doggie bed. He loved it.
He lets us know he has to go outside by coming to get us.

Every morning he has poop in his kennel. He was "burying" it in the blanket. We cut back his second feeding time from 5 pm to 3pm. Didnt help.
So as of this week we removed his doggie bed and took his blanket out of the crate. We leave the crate open with us all day and he seems comfortable going to sleep in there on his own now.
We cut back his feeding time from 3pm to 2 pm.
We take him out every night before we go to bed (~9:30pm) - he usually goes potty but not poop. In the morning at about 5am we take him out of the crate right away and he has pooped. We clean him up and then take him outside.
He has started going potty in his crate as well sometimes.

I realize we just started this and maybe he needs more time, but its driving us a bit crazy. The next step would be to eliminate the Lambs wool pad, but we're concerned about the temp (we take our temp to 62 at night) as well as the horrific mess that would follow. It's bad enough with the pad.

Anyone out there have any words of wisdom for us? He's a pistol at times, but he seems to respond to firmness and the love and praise we give him when he's good. We love the little guy alot, but this is driving us nuts!
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