How can I stop my dog from peeing in his kennel?

We have 3 pit bulls and all stay in there kennel when we are gone to work. My two females never mess in there kennel. But my male Zeus is a diff story! He won’t pee in the house like on my carpets or anything its just in his kennel. We have taking him to the vet to make sure nothing was wrong with him and he checked out good. No issues. His kennel is only big enough for him to stand, lay down and stretch a bit. But he pees all the time in the kennel and licks most of it up. He is covered in his on pee every day. We wash him, wash the kennel and even sprayed some no go in there. One of us is always home and they go out to use the bathroom every 3 hours. I don’t give him any water after 6 pm and take him out b4 bed and when we wake up there’s pee every where. I don’t want to beat him for this. My husband is so aggravated with him that he actually said if he doesn’t stop within 2 weeks he is gone. : ( So please any help would be wonderful. He also gorges him self on water til his stomach gets hard and he throws up. So we watch how much water he gets so he doesnt get too much. And he is about 7 months old now and hes done it since we have had him. Hes old enough to know better and we scold him when he does it and tell him bad boy. I dont know what to do.
To Holly, My sister in law lives with us and she is always there. My husbands and my work sched over laps about an hour or so. They r in there kennel then, when we r in bed, and if we have to go some where, I.E the store or to see family. But yes, SHE is there all day and night. WE are NOT.

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7 Responses to “How can I stop my dog from peeing in his kennel?”

  1. Kylee Chipman says:

    he might be trying to mark his "territory" so wash it out and put a old towel or blanket with newspaper under it or If you find large puddles of urine on the floor it is more likely that the dog had to pee and couldn’t or didn’t want to go out. With urine marking the dog deposits a smaller amount of urine. Marking in the house is usually done to an upright surface such as a doorway, table leg or piece of furniture. The dog will lift his hind leg and mark urine on practically any object in your house. Quite often the object is something new or different with unfamiliar smells that has come into the house but not necessarily so. He is also likely to mark items that he feels belong to him such as anything that he has become possessive about including you. He thinks you are his possession and any objects related to you are also his possessions.

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    You’ll have some work to do if you do have a dog that regularly goes potty in his crate. There are many reasons that dogs have accidents in their crates. Fido may have come from a dirty kennel or a pet store where he was kept in a small cage and slept and eliminated in the same area. He might have been kept in his crate for too long in his early training when he didn’t have enough bowel or bladder control to wait until he was let out of the crate to eliminate, or he may just be having accidents because he’s stressed about being confined.

    If Fido has been properly acclimated to his crate and doesn’t seem stressed out, but still soils his crate regularly, there are lots of things you can do to resolve the problem. First, be sure Fido’s crate is the right size. If it is, the next issue to consider is whether you’re keeping Fido on a reasonable schedule. You should be sure that Fido doesn’t eat or drink before going into his crate and that he’s getting sufficient exercise, attention and playtime so he’s ready to snooze when he gets into his crate.

    If you’ve done all of this and he’s still having accidents, start feeding Fido in his crate. You can do this with the door open or closed, just as long as his food bowl is inside the crate. Once he associates the crate with being his dining room, he might not find it so appetizing to use it as his bathroom. You can also put something extra yummy to chew on in his crate when you confine him. If he’s got a pig ear, a safe chew bone or a hollow toy stuffed with something tasty, he may be too busy and distracted to have an accident, and he probably won’t want to get his little treasure soaked in pee!

    Owners sometimes make a mistake that causes Fido to believe he’s supposed to go potty in his crate. This should go without saying, but Fido’s crate should not be lined with potty pads or newspapers, especially if he’s ever been trained to potty on paper or pads. To make matters worse, commercial potty pads are often scented with an attractant that makes Fido want to pee and poo on them. If you’ve been making this mistake, just removing the pads or newspaper may solve your problem.

    This worked with our Beagle/Lab Mix, however it might not work for you. If all alse fails you can buy a belly band for him to wear inside the crate. Its kind of like a diaper for dogs. It helps keep accidents contained to the band instead of in the crate.


  3. mr_r_mcgeddon says:

    Be patient and keep working with him, he’ll get it. And for gosh sakes, stop with the no-go! that doesn’t make them not want to pee, it just makes them not want to pee in the spot where you spray it by means of an odor that makes them stay away from that spot. You’re only torturing him by spraying it in his cage then shoving him in there.

  4. Carly says:

    Does he sleep in the kennel? If not, try keeping him in there for a few nights. dogs do not like peeing or pooping where they sleep. Perhaps if he thinks he will be sleeping there, he will not pee in it.

  5. Holly says:

    If "someone is always home," why are the dogs in kennels?

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  7. Jessica says:

    Do not beat the dog under any circumstances. If someone is always home then why are the dog in the kennel? They should only be there when no one is at one, when you are busy and cannot watch the dog, and when you go to bed. It seems to me that he is acting out. He probably knows that you are home and he is wondering why he is in the kennel. Don’t leave them in the kennel while you are home. When he realizes that the kennel is temporary, he will calm down and not pee in there. When my puppy finally realized that the cage was only for when no one was home and that tops he would be alone for like 3 hrs before someone in my family got home, he calmed down and stopped whining and barking.