Hello! I have recently received a puppy (well a month ago) and we are crate training him. (If this forum is not the correct forum, I would love it if I could be pointed in the direction of the appropriate one.) He is now 5 months old.
For the past month he has been really good about letting us know when he has to go to the bathroom outside during the middle of the night. It was like clockwork loud barking and yelping. That's a lot of noise a cavalier king charles can make! I hated getting up to take him out, but I did and was I ever glad that I listened to him!
Here comes the part I don't understand...Two night ago he stopped barking and yelping. I thought, WHEW! He is finally able to sleep through the night and hold it. I know I haven't slept through it because I'm a light sleeper. However, he never even whimpered. In the morning I would get him to take him for his walk (I walk him first thing in the morning, before I do anything else) and I noticed that he had soiled his blanket in his crate.

It wasn't even urine, it was feces. Even worse, I couldn't find the feces. I came to the horrible conclusion that he's been eating them. It was confirmed this morning when I saw him eating them in his crate. He looked ashamed when I gasped. He knew that what he was doing was something he shouldn't be doing.
I want to break him of this cycle now before it's too late. I am hoping it's not too late. I haven't changed anything in his feeding or walking patterns. He gets fed at 7am and 7pm. He is walked every 2 hours, so I keep thinking I am doing something wrong. His crate is large enough for him to turn around and stand in, but it's not a huge crate for a small puppy.
I have had dogs before getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I used to have 2 wonderful Great Pyrenees that were housebroken within 2 weeks. I am doing the same thing I did with them. I wonder if I have to do something different.
Am I doing something wrong? Any advice/questions/comments would be greatly appreciated.
I can also be reached at the email I am posting from...please no spam about buying your system on doggie behavior. Emotion: stick out tongue
Thanks!
Sparkle
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I want to break him of this cycle now before it's too late.

Take him out when you think he needs to go. Since he was previously letting you know when he needed out, set your alarm for those times (or a bit earlier).

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
He looked ashamed when I gasped. He knew that what he was doing was something he shouldn't be doing.

He knows you are upset. He does not know why. You are ascribing human emotions to a dog, but that confuses things. Dogs don't process things like humans.
Other than that, I completely agree with Matt's advice.

Hello! I have recently received a puppy (well a month ago) and we are crate training him. (If this forum ... reached at the email I am posting from...please no spam about buying your system on doggie behavior. Emotion: stick out tongue Thanks!Sparkle

Why put your baby in a crate ..Get a nice basket and put it in your bedroom then you will wake up if he gets up to naughty behaviour ...Mariann
Why put your baby in a crate ..Get a nice basket and put it in your bedroom then you will wake up if he gets up to naughty behaviour ...Mariann

We tried the basket for our puppy and it didn't work at all! Pup wouldn't stay there and it was a pain for the other dogs. So while we still had a crate, we also slept with the puppy, who would easily wake us up.

I can also be reached at the email I am posting from...please no spam about buying your system on doggie behavior. Emotion: stick out tongue Thanks!Sparkle

Why put your baby in a crate ..Get a nice basket and put it in your bedroom then you will wake up if he gets up to naughty behaviour ...Mariann

That and it encourages free roaming throughout the house. I don't want that to happen during the night. He will not get total freedom in the house until he is housebroken.
Sparkle
Why put your baby in a crate ..Get a nice ... wake up if he gets up to naughty behaviour ...Mariann

That and it encourages free roaming throughout the house. I don't want that to happen during the night. He will not get total freedom in the house until he is housebroken. Sparkle

Don't you have door to your bedroom ?
Don't you have door to your bedroom ?

Don't you understand crate training?

Lynne
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Don't you have door to your bedroom ?

Don't you understand crate training? Lynne /

You said that you kept your dog in a crate because you didn't want him to have free run of your house ... but if you have a door to your bedroom cant you shut the door so he's stuck in there with you but not sitting in a crate ..maybe if he can see you he will be ok ..
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