beachdogz Posted January 8, 2021 Report Share Posted January 8, 2021 I am totally at a loss as to how to solve this problem, so I am hoping to get some ideas. Piper is 18 month. When she was a young puppy, I had to remove the dog bed from her crate because she would chew it. As she outgrew that habit, and I started putting a dog bed back in, she developed another bad habit. She will always urinate overnight in the crate when I put a dog bed in there. When I take it out, and she sleeps on the bare crate floor, there is no problem. Early on, when this developed, I did have her checked for a UTI -- many times -- and she was always negative. I would take the bed out for weeks, hoping to extinguish the behavior, and then try again. Always the same result. By this time, I am positive that this is a "habit", not a health problem. I do realize that this is not an urgent problem -- eventually the puppies will sleep outside of a crate. We're just not at that stage yet, and I don't anticipate that happening too soon. She doesn't seem to mind sleeping without a bed (although when loose in the house, her favorite spots are on the couch and on our bed, snuggled up in the pillows.) This has just been driving me crazy because I can't see to come up with a way to break the habit. I have tried different types of beds, and last night I tried a folded up, very soft, throw-type blanket. In the morning, that blanket was still as neatly folded as when I put it in there. But -- when she got out, yep, there was a pee spot. I don't think that she does this because it is too warm for her - because if that were the case, she would have moved that blanket away so she could sleep on the bare floor. I also should add that those nights that she has urinated, she had been out and urinated as usual before right before bedtime. So I'm positive that she is not doing this out of necessity. AGGHH!!! If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to hearing them. Or, do I just resolve myself that this is one habit I'm not gonna break. I am not objective to her sleeping without cushioning - I just wish she could enjoy the comfort. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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