I just got a puppy (mixed breed) that was originally sold to another woman who decided she did not want the responsibility. This puppy is smart and very lovable. My problem is that she sometimes wets in her crate - I think this is happening because the lady that had her put the crate in the garage with housebreaking pads inside the crate and left her for long periods of time. I need some help in breaking this habit.

It does not happen on a daily basis and I work but only 6 hours per day. I let her out a lot and immediately when I come home. I let her out before I go to bed at night and first thing in the morning and a couple of more times before I go to work. I'm beginning to wonder if I would be better off to leave her out of the crate completely.
Any suggestions?
Pr
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I just got a puppy (mixed breed) that was originally sold to another woman who decided she did not want ... put the crate in the garage with housebreaking pads inside the crate and left her for long periods of time.

I think you're right on this. The puppy learned that it was acceptable to wet in the crate. She may even think it's where she's supposed to go.

I need some help in breaking this
habit. It does not happen on a daily basis and I work but only 6 hours per day.

Unless the puppy is very young or both young and a toy breed, six hours is not impossible. So far, so good.
I let her out a lot and immediately when I come home. I let her out before I go to bed at night and first thing in the morning and a couple of more times before I go to work.

When you let her out, do you go with her? Do you know if she does anything except play or wait to get let back in? She may not realize fully that she is being let out to relieve herself. This is where I'd concentrate my efforts. Go with her and praise her when she goes. Make sure she does get cleaned out before you crate her. My dogs are fully housebroken and both over two years old but I still keep a running account in my head as to who has done what and how recently. Especially if they are about to be left alone for a while.
Eventually, you'll probably be able to go back to just letting her out on her own. My dogs go out for a lot of reasons - especially when the weather's nice or they just want more room to run around for a while. But there are certain trips outside that they know they have other business to take care of before they're allowed back in. Spenser especially may have to be sent back off the deck and out into the yard. He knows what he has to do to get let back in. We do not, for instance, go to bed at night unless I'm pretty sure both dogs have completely taken care of business.
I'm beginning to wonder if I would be better off to leave her out of the crate completely.

You know, this might not be a bad thought. If you have a secure place that you could try leaving her - say blocked or gated in a kitchen - it could help. She may so completely equate the crate with the training pads that it could actually be easier to leave her in a totally different place where she may better understand your rules about wetting.

~~Judy
"Dogs are not our whole life, but
they make our lives whole." Roger Caras
When you let her out, do you go with her? Do you know if she doesanything except play or wait ... out to relieve herself. This is where I'd concentrate my efforts. Go with her and praise her when she goes.

I agree with Judy - I think I'd be concentrating on teaching her where you DO want her to go. In fact, I'd take it one step further; even though I have a fenced yard, I'd put the puppy on a leash and walk around the yard with her, and start teaching her to eliminate on command. Which, btw, is very easy- as you walk the dog around, you just keep saying "go pee" or "hurry up" (or whatever you want your cue words to be), then praise ("GOOD go pee!") when the dog "goes". Doesn't take long at all for them to associate the words with the action... and it's tremendously useful for things like traveling, dog shows, visiting, etc.
Make sure she does get
My experience is that six hours is way too long to ask a puppy to hold it.
I just got a puppy (mixed breed) that was originally sold to another woman who decided she did not want ... beginning to wonder if I would be better off to leave her out of the crate completely. Any suggestions? Pr

If you leave a puppy 6 hours then you have to expect some puddles.:-( A puppy should be let out on an hourly basis or even more. Plus you cannot train a puppy when you out that long. They only have small bladders and not a lot of control. Pat.
If you leave a puppy 6 hours then you have to expect some puddles.:-(

Um, sorry, but this isn't at all true. It depends on the individual puppy, the amount of activity during those six hours, AND on the AGE of the puppy.
A puppy should be let out on an hourly basis or even more.

My JRT, from 13 weeks on, was fine with every 2-3 hours during the day when active, and able to sleep through the night without needing to pee. And the older she got, the longer that time period stretched. The OP didn't state the age of the puppy, but I'm guessing it's at least 3 months old and more likely 4-6 months, since it's stated that s/he's the second owner.
Many older puppies are fine with a 6-hour stretch.
The OP didn't state the age of the puppy,

I think you hit the nail on the head there. There's a vast difference between 6 weeks and six months. I think 6 hours is too long to leave a young puppy anyway whether it is able to hold it or not. Alison
I think 6 hours is too long to leave a young puppy anyway whether it is able to hold it or not.

Which, of course, is what the dog's original owner did, and why it started peeing in the crate in the first place.
I realize that a very young puppy needs to be let out on a more regular basis and with a younger puppy I've taken the dog to work with me and gone outside and walked it every hour or so. I work at a place that blends products for dog and cat food so there is no problem with a dog under my desk.
This puppy will be 8 months old the 2nd of March and she understands why she is going out - I do watch her though - for instance last night I put her out in the front of my house and another dog was next door barking and she was too interested in that so I waited awhile and put her out the back door and she went immediately.
I also checked with my vet and he didn't think 6 hours was too long for a healthy female dog of that age.
I am beginning to think more and more that it has to do with the crate because once she came to me (she doesn't bark to go out & just made a little movement like she wanted something and I didn't jump immediately as I should and she went straight to the crate and I think she would have gone in there and gone to the bathroom had I not got her out right away.
I appreciate all the comments and help.
Pr
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