My 11 week old bichon frise is giving us a hard time with housebreaking and crate training. She is great about peeing outside - rarely has a peeing accident in the house anymore, we are good at making sure she goes out when she needs to. She can sleep in her crate overnight without any incidents, no pooping in the crate. However, here's the problem - she does not poop immediately after eating, most of the time it's 14-15 hours after eating! She eats puppy kibble from Royal Canin, 1/4 cup twice a day (once at 6 am and the other at 5 pm).

We can never predict when she's going to poop, and most of the time she ends up pooping in her crate during the daytime. She's only in there for 3 hours at a time but it always happens! We take her out every hour when we're home, and make sure she goes out right before she goes in the crate, but it never fails...is there anything we can do to make sure she doesn't poop while she's in the crate? Will she eventually learn to hold it?
My 11 week old bichon frise is giving us a hard time with housebreaking and crate training. She is great ... can do to make sure she doesn't poop while she's in the crate? Will she eventually learn to hold it?

Where did you get her from? Sounds like maybe she was a puppy mill or pet store pup who got the idea that her crate is the right place to poop. If that is the case, the way to fix it will be different than if he was not a puppy mill or pet store pup.

Paula
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My 11 week old bichon frise is giving us a ... in the crate? Will she eventually learn to hold it?

Where did you get her from? Sounds like maybe she was a puppy mill or pet store pup who got ... to fix it will be different than if he was not a puppy mill or pet store pup. Paula

She was bought from a breeder who was not crate training them, but paper training...we decided not to paper train b/c we wanted to crate train.
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So you are feeding her approximately every 12 hours. Doesn't that mean she is actually pooping 2-3 hours after eating? I would recommend that get up earlier with her and feed her then so she can poop before you leave for the day.

Lynne
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At what time does she poop in the crate?

Just remember she's still a baby. It just takes time, even longer when you are training in a cold environment.
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Just remember she's still a baby. It just takes time, even longer when you are training in a cold environment.

How is that helpful to the problem of eliminating in the crate, and not on a schedule that seems to make sense?

ewww - are you selling your loveable dog as well as the puppies? "champion bloodlines that is out of sight?" No pedigrees posted, nothing - not a very impressive breeding endeavor.

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ewww - are you selling your loveable dog as well as the puppies? "champion bloodlines that is out of sight?" No pedigrees posted, nothing - not a very impressive breeding endeavor.

not to mention that a good breeder doesn't have to stoop to advertising on Usenet as s/he will typically have a waiting list from referrals alone.

Ick.

Lynne
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To the OP - a food change may be in order - she sounds like she may be a tad constipated, if eliminating that rarely.

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