Peeing In The Crate and Barking

Well Trained DoxenPeeing in the crate and constant barking were the focal points of a series of lessons with two daschunds – brother and sister.  They are so cute and aptly named from the Peanuts Comic Strip.

The dog behaviors of  peeing in the crate and constant barking were causing some rocky moments in the marital bliss for this young couple.  With their workload and busy life, the peeing in the crate and barking were an added stress that was taking its toll.

The daschunds were controlling everything and in the process the dogs didn’t know which end was up.  After explaining the value of leadership and related exercises required to curb the barking and peeing in the crate or house soiling, reports began to come in that things were progressing fairly – but only fairly.

The two little cutie daschunds were sharing a crate while Mom and Dad were at work. The wife was coming home during the lunch hour to walk the pups for their mid day break and was finding soiled bedding in the crate.

As I looked closer at their “doggie workload”, I began to focus on another possible cause of the ongoing barking and peeing in the crate, that could be causing insecurities with the dogs that I didn’t see on the first home visit.  The wife was doing 95% of the work – feeding the dogs, training the dogs, walking the dogs and cleaning up after the dogs.  The husband also pointed out that she was the “nurturer” of the dogs.

The daschunds apparently follow her around the house – not him.  I recommended they split the workload 50/50 sharing the feeding, training, walking and cleaning up.  And as importantly, limit the nurturing and pets and praises for sits and downs.

This pulled the hubby into the spotlight for his equal share of the leadership in the eyes of the dogs.  A new-found interest in “HIM” developed with the pups and the peeing in the crate stopped, and so did the shrill constant barking.  We did remove the bedding in the crate for a short period and replaced it with a thin towel a week later, following up with the original bedding a week after that.

I love a happy ending.  Hey maybe I should go into marriage counseling?  NO WAY, dogs are easier!

Be as careful in choosing the trainer of your dog, as you are the teacher of your children.  And remember —


Jim Burwell, founder

Jim Burwell’s Petiquette

2 replies
  1. carrie
    carrie says:

    I have two 5 month old lab/shepherd/retriever puppies, Mocah and Timber. They were crate trained since we brought them home at 7 wks old. We crated them together up until about a couple weeks ago. They are getting larger so we purchased a second crate. They were fine in their separate crates (which are side by side) for about 5 days, and then out of the blue Timber started acting up in his cage. It started one day when we left them in their cage for a few hours as we ran errands in town. We came home and Timber had moved his cage about 8 feet across the floor and pushed the bottom pan out. He was crying and quite agitated. That night he cried and carried on in his cage. We thought it was a combination of teething and separation anxiety. We tried tough love but the barking and crying went on for about 40 minutes. My fiancé let them both out and he slept in the living room for two nights so we could get some sleep for work and wouldn’t wake the neighbours. We give them lots of chew toys, ice etc. for any teething pain, lots of exercise during the day but still the crying and barking was escalated. We have been trying sitting out by his cage, giving him his kong etc. nothing has worked. This is night seven. Not sure what to do, I know letting him out is not the answer but we just aren’t sure what to do, put them back together and start again?
    Please help.

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