Help Housebreaking Puppy – Eliminating in Crate

We have an 11-wk old Sheltie puppy. Got her when she was 8 weeks old. We’ve been having difficulty housebreaking her. We started her off on puppy pads the first week until she got her 2nd round of vaccines. Been trying to swtich her to going outside. She’s making decent progress in pee’ing outside. We always reward her well with high-level treats (been using lunch meat or hot-dog pieces) when she goes outside. However, she seems to think that inside and/or her crate is the place to go poop.

Here is her approximate schedule,
5am – Wake, Immediately go outside to poop/pee
6-7am – She eat 1st meal, we get ready for work, play a little
7-7:30 – outside to poop/pee
7:30-1130 – work/crate
1130-1230/1 – poop/pee; eat 2nd meal, poop/pee
1-5p – work/crate
5p – poop/pee; eat 3rd meal; poop/pee; play
7p – eat 4th meal; poop/pee
9p – bed/crate

She normally doesn’t eliminate in her crate during the night. Only during the day when we’re at work.

It seems like she just refuses to go outside and will actually hold it until inside. The other day I took her on a walk hoping that it might activate her to have to go (and I knew she had to poop because it had been a while and she hadn’t gone yet). Well about 15-20 minutes into it, she started freaking out and started running as fast as she could back to the apartment. I wouldn’t let her in at first; butr after about 10 minutes of her trying to get inside, I let her into the apmt and she pooped in the apartment.

Anyone with ideas on changing this behavior? I’m fearing she is getting comfortable with eliminating in crate and we definitely do not want that!! I know she is still young, but I want to ensure we are progressing with her and not regressing.

To answer a few other questions, I have tried both to not say anything when the eliminate in apmt and take them outside as well as yell and/or clap when they are in process of eliminating, then take out. I always immediately take outside and I’ve never punished her after the fact; only in process. Also – We have an exapandable crate, currently at 22"Wx22"Dx24"H. She is about 15" in length, 3lb. Should I consider shortening the crate depth?

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    Hello, thanks for viewing my question.

    My puppy is about 5 months old and we had her for maybe 2 months now. She is a Boxer and Border Collie mix but she is pretty small right now. Right now she is about just under 20 pounds and the vet doesn’t seem to think she’ll grow all that much more. My dog does have some big thigh muscles though and big shoulders but her body and head is pretty small. Really smart dog too.

    The dog is pretty good with waiting to go outside to potty. She will go to the front door if she needs to go. She is a little sick though, so I’ve seen her once pee inside, I don’t think she went to the front door first either. Anyway, she is pretty good with everything. There are times when she goes to the bathroom but then we can’t keep a close eye on her. If we let her roam around then she might start biting something she shouldn’t or whatever else.

    So, I feel bad putting her in the crate too much because then she can only really lay down or stand up. One other thing is that my sister sometimes brings over her West Highland Terrier puppy and I’m thinking they could be put in the pen together.(?)

    I’m thinking of buying a puppy pen but they are really expensive for me right now. They’re actually a pretty good price if they serve their purpose, but still expensive for me.

    http://www.amazon.com/Iris-CI-604-Indoor-Outdoor-Plastic/dp/B000FS6INU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305129587&sr=8-1
    I was thinking of getting the 6-panel but I’m not sure I’ll really need one that big. I think when she gets older the thing could be pointless. Maybe 4-panel would be enough.

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    Which of the pens would you choose? Why?

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      So I thought- maybe a few days a week, we can do this if the weather permits and all is well. But then I looked online and saw that some people don’t even leave their dogs in the car for more than 20 mins, that it is animal abuse, etc and I started to feel bad. But then I was thinking that maybe our circumstances were a bit different so I thought I’d ask.
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      What do you guys think?

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