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Is it normal for my puppy to "mess" in his crate?

I heard that dogs don't like to "mess" where they live if its only enough room for them. my puppy freaks out and shreds the newspaper in the bottom of the tray and pees everywhere and poops in it, then since it's not like he keeps it in one corner there's no room for him, so he ends up having no room in there for him and he steps in it and sits in it and sometimes lays in it, then when we come back and let him out we have a huge mess to clean up then we have to take the cage to the car wash to clean in because its that bad then on top of all that we have to bathe a smelly, waste covered puppy! how can we get him to stop this? it's very annoying and too much work! also it's not good on his behalf because if he keeps it up we may be forced to get rid of him! :'(

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How long are you leaving him in there? Puppies are still babies and will have to do their business frequently and aren't mature enough to hold it for long periods of times.
They will need to go after sleeping, eating or playing. If you are leaving him in there for hours at a time, that is too long for his age and he can't help it.

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Oh, yeah.
Umm.....the average is like 10 hours...
That's understandable....
But we have no one to let him out because my dad is at work from 5 am to 4 pm and I'm at school from 7 am to 2:30 pm.
Is there a way to work something out at this point if the issue?
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No dog should be confined to a crate for ten hours per day. That is not right. You should have space enough for him to move around and excercise, a place for him to do his 'business' and plenty of fresh water. If you cannot provide him with this, he should go to a home that can.
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What LoLo365 said
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On Friday my dad doesn't have to work so he takes care of him, on the weekends I don't have to be at school AND my dad is not at work, so about the most time we crate him is when we go out to eat and that's only about an hour and a half to two hours which BARLEY ever happens.
My pup kind of prefers to be with me because when we first got him for a long period my dad was sick so I practically raised him, but my parents aren't together and I have shared parenting so there's times I'm not at my dads at all to take care of the pup. Then the responsibility is on my father for that time until I come home to his house, but since the puppy has a closer bond with me he does not respond to my dad as well as he would me. I really don't want my dad to get the wrong idea about him and give him away, I have a very close bond with him and he is the most well behaved puppy I've ever seen! He never nips or teethes or chews up our things! He's very well mannered and doesn't mess in the house really at all! Already when he was like 9 weeks old he learned to go to the door when he needs out. I would really like to keep him haha I feel like he's my kid! Obviously I love him to death! So I am up for really anything if it will keep my puppy with me!
-thank you!
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yes, it is normal, it is your job to train your puppy.

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I agree, take him out often right before you leave him in there. He is bored, angry or trying to let you know he doesn't like being in there for so long. It is not normal for them to go in their crates. Could he have some kidney problem or perhaps his food is causing him to do this.

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We let him out before he's crated and we exercise him when he gets home to blow off steam and wear him out. When we took him to the vet they said he was very healthy but he has an intestinal parasite that is very common amongst all puppies, could it be that, or maybe it is his food I'm not sure. We feed I'm purina puppy chow. Is there any complaints or problems with that type?
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No, that isn't normal. He needs to be properly cared for, and then he won't do that. He has to go out a lot and needs much love and attention. He is a puppy and was with his mother and siblings just a little while ago after all. It takes time for them to grow up.

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Haha believe me he gets plenty of love! :D
LITERALLY every person who has seen him has gone on and on about how he's the cutest puppy he's ever seen! And how he has such good markings! And they always give him tons of attention. He loves people and people love him haha. No shortage of love there! :p
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how old is the puppy? breed? old when taken away mother. puppies taken before 8 weeks sometimes are not well behaved.the mom teaches him, you don't eat/live where you potty. don't play in your potty. if he was brought up in dirt, all he knows is it is ok to play in his crap. do you feed, give a certain amount of time to eat? then take it up? do you free feed (food down all the time)? you need to teach him to eat at the time you set the food down. put him in crate. food in about 20 minutes later potty comes out. watch for the signs he needs to go potty. immediately take him outside where he has pottied before. stand there and give him no attention. you can point to the spot and say, in a mono tone, "go potty". if he doesn't go, take him return him in his crate (control where he goes). once again,leash and outside again. repeat until he accomplishes his deed. After not when he is pottieing (praising whiled potting will cause hi to get excited and stop potting. THEN praise him. always have on leash. you are training to go outside. if you leave him outside, without a leash, he will get distracted and play instead and then come in, calm down and potty.

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11 weeks old,
A black mouth cur,
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8 or 9 weeks when taken away from mom,
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He was bred on a farm and they were in a pin outside so yes he was brought up in dirt.
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We try to set a time for him to eat which is usually when we eat breakfast and lunch and dinner. Sometimes we're a little late though.
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He's pretty smart with giving signs, already at this age he already goes to the front door to go out.
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And we tried making him go in one spot but he really won't so now it's kind of a free for all in the front lawn and I used to use a leash but again, at such a young age (I'm talkin like at the age of like 9 weeks) he learned to stay with us so we just quit using a leash.....but should I start using a leash again?
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Yes,since he is still a puppy he has to go frequently an puppy's like to tear up things I read your comment and since he has to be crated for so many hours if its possible you should put up a fence or a small pen in your yard so he will have more space and won't get messy or tear things up.

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We're kind of struggling with money financially right now and can't afford to buy a fence, we could use other things but I don't know what, it would have to be over 4 1/2 ft tall because he can jump really high. It has to be able to be staked into the ground because he's very strong and could just pull it out and then pick it up and crawl underneath. He's quite the escape artist haha. If I would've known that when I got him I would've named him Houdini instead of Bo haha. Also we don't want him to go where ever he wants in that pen and then let him think it's ok to potty when he's put in a pen or a crate, it's ok if he potties in the pen just not the crate for when it gets really cold out and starts to snow well have to keep him inside, and he has short fur and his skin isn't very thick yet so he gets chilly easy.
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