How do I stop my 4 month old male yorkie from pooping in his crate during the night?

I have been crate training my yorkie for the past 2 weeks and I have him on a feeding schedule, once at 645am and at 400 pm. He normally goes poop mid morning and early evening. But for some reason I wake up in the morning to poop in his crate everyday. We take him out every 2 hours up until 10:00pm and then it is bed time. Does anyone have any suggestions to prevent him from pooping in his cage at night?
I have a small crate for him. Also I do stand outside with him, sometimes we are out there for 1/2 hour and all he will do is pee before he goes to bed. I put him in a puppy play pen outside and watch him.

Remember that puppies are like babies. At this age they can’t control every urge to poop. Taking the puppy out frequently during the night and gradually increasing the time between potty breaks will help him gain control.

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12 Responses to How do I stop my 4 month old male yorkie from pooping in his crate during the night?

  1. texas_angel_wattitude says:

    Do you stay outside with him at 10pm until he poops?
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  2. Jenny W says:

    Get out of bed and take him out during the night. That’s the only way to stop it. He goes when he has to, nothing you can do to control that.
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  3. iluvjdeere says:

    My little yorkies seem to poop 3 to 4 times a day. Usually, dogs won’t poop in their crate.

    Get a smaller crate and he will quit doing his business in it, because then he will have to sit or lay in it.

    Good luck.
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  4. TheMadChemist says:

    Sounds like the crate is too big. Crate-training works only if you have one the right size. Dogs will never go to the bathroom where they sleep. The crate should have just enough room for the dog to sit, lay, and turn in a circle. If its too big they will go to the bathroom. They sell crates now that have a divider that can be used to reduce the area the dog is allow to be in. This means you can by one crate that will fit the dog full sized and by using the divider you can also use it to crate train. I would say buy one of those so its the right fit for your dog. Eveything should be good after that.
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  5. rojo_jojo says:

    Remember that puppies are like babies. At this age they can’t control every urge to poop. Taking the puppy out frequently during the night and gradually increasing the time between potty breaks will help him gain control.
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  6. Tammy J says:

    how big is the crate? If it is to big for him he will find a place to poop. I have a Yorkie also.
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  7. dimndbabe says:

    i agree with the one lady, if you dont go outside with them to make sure they go they dont normally go. i had a yorkie and i always stood at the door to watch and see and he never would unless i was acutally outside with him (while it was dark) he eventually got "tough" enough to go out by himself.

    and how big is the crate?? if its too big they will poop in one side and sleep in the other. you want a small crate, not too small though. just enough for him/her to turn around and stand up in. they dont like to go poopy where they sleep so they will hold it as long as they can if the crate is the right size.
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  8. nikehoops489 says:

    Take him outside to go poo..
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  9. Gemini says:

    Thats really rare,cuz usually they do not $hit where they have to sleep.Maybe take him/her to the vet to get checked out might be some kind of a issue.
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  10. M D says:

    Feed your puppy his last meal no later than 5 PM or as close to that as your schedule permits. That will go a long way in helping the pup not have to defecate at night. Also the crate being too big was mentioned, but you can’t feed them 2 hours before bedtime without expecting them to have to go . Then all you will have to worry about is if he needs to go out to pee. And as also mentioned, DO go out with the puppy to make sure he has relieved himself.
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  11. Margaret R says:

    Well, it’s might best to have the housebroken. Keep trying, you can’t get results instantly… it take trial and error. I learned this from past experiences. Some may recommend making the dog’s home like a wolf’s cave because, by instinct, wolves, a wild cousin of the domestic dog, don’t like to answer the call of nature in their dens and will teach their young this by showing them. This could help.
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  12. choreo90504 says:

    Your crate is probably too large allowing your yorkie to poop in it. The crate should only be large enough for him to sleep in. He won’t poop where he has to sleep.
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