How to stop puppy from pooping in crate

So you got a new puppy and it is absolutely adorable, but the problem is that this little cutie keeps pooping or peeing in its crate! It’s driving you crazy and you just don’t know what to do.

Well, I have some good news for you – it can be fixed right away. So here we go:

  1. Stop feeding your puppy 3 hours before crating them up at night. This will help stop their morning potty break as well as any other potty breaks throughout the day. Your pup should learn to hold their bladder during these three hours so they would not need to poop out of nowhere overnight.
  2. Take your dog outside every few hours and even after they wake up from naps. It’s important to make sure they don’t soil their sleeping area.
  3. Take your puppy out for a potty break 20-30 minutes after waking up, 20-30 minutes after eating or drinking water and before bedtime (when you are putting them in the crate). This way you will avoid any accidents that happen when dogs are drowsy, hungry or thirsty.
  4. Crate training is key! Make sure your pup sees the crate as its den – not only where it goes to sleep but also where it eats and plays (you can feed him meals inside his crate). You should never use the crate for punishment! Get some dog toys like chew toys so he something to keep him busy while inside his crate.
  5. Stand by the puppy while he is in the crate, especially during potty training. If you see your pet make an attempt to poop or pee inside the crate (without actually doing anything) say NO and take them outside immediately. Do not scold or punish your pet if they did something in their crates – it won’t help at all!
  6. Every time you let your dog out of his/her crate, take them straight outside even if they don’t show signs of needing to go potty. This will get them into a habit of going outdoors for every major activity that happens inside the house like eating, playing or napping.
  7. Make sure not to leave water in the crate because it will only make your pup drink more and have to pee in the crate. Instead, fill up a water bottle so it makes a noise when your dog licks it. You can also use these bottles during walks when you don’t have access to a bathroom for them.
  8. Try using potty pads, piddle pads or newspapers instead of just putting down a blanket in the corner of the crate which they could just sleep on top of later after going potty all over it.
  9. If you are crating them at night while you’re out, put another layer on top of their blankets with some rags that smell like you! Your dog might find comfort from sleeping with something smelling like its family members and would not want to poop on it.
  10. The BEST thing you can do is to take your pup outside every 1-2 hours at night (depending on how old they are) and make them stay there until they go potty. If this doesn’t work, try using a baby monitor or even set up your phone to record video while you sleep so if anything happens, you’ll see it immediately!
  11. Make sure you’re not overfeeding your dog before putting them in the crate because if they’re full, they would not want to poop right away. This would help stop any accidents that happen when dogs are drowsy, hungry or thirsty.
  12. Train them during their “destruction” stage which usually goes down anywhere from 3-7 months old. After this, they will start to feel more independent and not be so destructive anymore!
  13. Make sure you’re not rushing your puppy to potty train. Some dogs can take up to 9 months of age before they actually know how to do their business outdoors.
  14. Keep the crate clean and try using a spray that has a soothing smell like lavender or chamomile (there are many different ones out there). This will help prevent your pup from having accidents inside the crate.
  15. DO NOT give in! Doing so will only make things worse and prolong potty training because you’ll have so many more opportunities for accidents with a dog who feels laxed about going outside when it’s okay to use their indoor potty spot as a toilet bowl
  16. Do not hit, shove into the crate, kick, or any other form of punishment. Your puppy might fear the crate later on and will refuse to go inside of it.
  17. Give him an incentive! If your dog doesn’t like treats, you can use praise as a reward for going potty outside instead of using punishments.
  18. When you’re doing crate training without the puppy knowing, place some feces from another dog into his/her crate so they find it and start to go potty in there – this is how dogs learn where to poop! 19. If all else fails, try shutting the door and placing something beside it so he knows he can’t get out and will probably just try to sleep until you open it (this only works with older dogs). 20. Keep the crate somewhere fun like by a window or your favorite couch to make it an inviting place for them to relax and feel at home!
  19. If you’re crating them more than 6 hrs, get up every couple of hours (at least) to take him/her outside because they will need bathroom breaks during that time period.
  20. Never scold your dog when they poop or pee in their crates! It won’t help potty training at all and might make things worse later on because it’s like getting screamed at for something you can’t control right after it happens (unless they did something bad of course)
  21. To avoid accidents altogether, teach them early on about what is okay and what isn’t in certain areas. The more you train them, the faster they’ll pick things up.
  22. At night, put a diaper or a piece of cloth with your scent on it inside their crate – this will help keep your dog from going potty over and over again at night because he/she knows that’s not where to go!
  23. Make sure there is nothing around for them to chew on so they don’t have anything else to do other than sleep or go potty.
  24. If crating for 4 hours or less, you can leave food and water down as long as the dog doesn’t eat too much which could lead to a messy accident later on if they’re full when they’re supposed to go potty.
  25. If you’re crating them for more than 4 hours, take them outside to go potty before crating and give plenty of praise if they do it right! Do not wait until the last minute as this will only make things worse as time goes on because by then your dog will usually refuse to go anywhere but their crate after that long period of time being inside of it.
  26. When you have guests over or are hosting a party, always keep an eye out for your dog who might be uncomfortable with all the unknown people around – this might cause accidents so be sure to watch him/her closely especially if your dog is shy around strangers!
  27. Set up a routine where every day you take your puppy out for a potty break first thing in the morning, after naps, and before bed. This might seem overbearing to some people but if done every day during the early stages of development, it helps a lot!
  28. Don’t make going outside without a leash a habit – otherwise they’ll do it again when you’re not looking which might lead them to go potty somewhere else besides their grassy designated bathroom spot.
  29. If none of this works for you, then consult professional help as there might be something deeper that’s causing things like fear or anxiety to occur due to past experiences that may need an expert’s advice on how to resolve it with your dog!
  30. If you take them out to go potty and they still refuse, it might be time for dog diapers if all else fails!
  31. If your puppy does happen to make a mess in their crate, get mad at him/her but don’t yell or scream; this will only make things worst because the puppy won’t understand why you’re so mad when he/she was just doing what comes naturally (to poop).
  32. Try placing them inside of their crate without shutting the door first so they have an idea of how big it is and know that there’s no escape route. This way they’ll feel more comfortable being inside of it because there’s no risk of getting stuck in a small space with nowhere to go which is what might cause them to be afraid of it later on.
  33. After your puppy starts developing bladder control, this is when it’s okay to shut the door but always keep an eye out for signs of discomfort like whining or barking because then you’ll know that they need to go potty right away!


If you follow the advice given in this article, you should be able to stop your puppy from pooping in his/her crate. It takes time and patience, but it will work eventually if done correctly.