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rdyeung
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posted June 05, 2004 03:17 AM      Profile for rdyeung         
Hi

I have a 3 months Ridgeback puppy and I crate her at night and take her out only twice at interval of 3 - 3.5 hours during the night. When I am not at home (and I can't find somebody to go to my place to let her out) I put newspaper down in the Laundry where she is confined and because I leave her crate door open, she seems to relieve herself at whim because she find no needs to hold and will just come out of her crate and do it, that's the reason why when I get home, there is a big mess for me to clean in the laundry...

My deduction is that while she is being crated she seems to be able to hold it for at leat 3 - 4 hours (I have not tried taking the risk of leaving her in her crate longer) but when she is not being crated she seems to relieve herself so much (that's the reason for all the wees on the newspaper and poos on the newspaper).

I have not being bold enough to leave her in her crate long enough to see how long she could possibly hold..

Any idea of how long a 3 month old Ridgeback(fairly big dog and I am told that their bladder develop failrly fast and should be able to hold better than a smaller dog but for how long at 3 months?) can possibly hold before the need to go out?

Your advice and views are very much appreciated..

Thanks

Rob

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posted June 05, 2004 11:00 AM      Profile for lovelinus         
I don't know anything about ridgebacks in particular, but my vet told me that puppies generally can hold it one hour for each month old they are plus one. So a 3 month old should be able to go four hours.
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posted June 05, 2004 12:02 PM      Profile for DaxAriel's toy         
I would stop getting up at night to let her out.
Last thing before you go to bed - take her outside even if it means getting her up. First thing in the am as soon as you're awake - let her out.

Do not give any food or drink after 7 pm and not until after first pee in the am.

Leave her in the crate the rest of the time. During the day leave her in the crate while at work, you said previously that was up to 6 hours and that would be fine.

When at home and able to watch her - take her out every hour or so, and especially after eating, playing, sleeping.

She may still mess in her crate so be sure to have clean materials ready quickly - do not scold for this. By leaving her in the crate you are teaching her to HOLD IT vs go anywhere. She can probably hold it 8 hours already during the night but has no incentive to.

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posted June 06, 2004 08:00 AM      Profile for rdyeung         
Hi,

Thanks for all your advice, they are helpful even though contradicting at times.

I will slowly reduce the amount of time I take her out at night, from twice to once and eventually no at all.

As for during the day, I am worried she might mess up her crate so I will may be wait until she is another month old before I leave her in her crate when I am gone for the 6 hour..

Any other advice that might help...I am so scared that she mess up her crate, that's why I am so scared to leave her in her crate for more than 2 hours. I am not so worried at night cos she is sleeping but during the day she is active and might want to relieve and if I am not at home, she will do it in her crate.

She relieves herself so much during the day unlike at night..as doglover said she might be relieving herself so much during the day cos there is no incewntive for her to hold...

Thanks

Rob

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Why are you afraid that she'll mess in her crate? When a mom has puppies she would leave them in her den and clean up after them. They do not associate the den with bathroom.

She'll have accidents during this time for sure, but she will not want to lie in her own waste. That's the incentive to hold it.

Ariel by 3 months was crate clean during the night and able to hold it 5 hours (didn't test any longer as I came home for lunch). Your ridgeback is going to be a bigger dog than my rotti so her bladder should about equal.

Having her make a mess in her crate is still easier on you than if she messed up an entire room. Being able to clean up in a few minutes and spent the rest of the time with her will help develop the bond between you.

Puppies are interesting - I seen Ariel pee 5 times in an hour without taking a drink at other times she seems to pee once or twice in a four hour period.

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posted June 07, 2004 04:35 AM      Profile for rdyeung         
Thank you very much for your advice and encouragement Doglover, it is very much appreciated.

I will try your suggestion and will let you know of the outcome, I left her for about 3 hours in her crate during the day and I was plesantly surprise that she stayed clean..

I am gradually leaving her in her crate during the day for 2-3 hours, I said gradually because she has had the freedom of the Laundry up to now...I will wait until she is another month or so old and I will crate her completely when I am gome for work..

Thanks and anymore of your advice and opinions will be very much appreciated..

Thanks

Rob

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