Pooping in Crate

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Okay I need HELP! Vergne our Doberman Pinscher pup will be 10 weeks old tomorrow.  Since we have owned him he has pooped in his crate about 10 times.  There was one instance I put him in there for 2 minutes to change and came back to poop.  He then steps in and jumps all over his crate.  On Sunday he pooped before we went out for 1 ½ hours and came home to poop in the crate again he stepped in it and jumped all over.  Last night we took him out at 3 am when he was crying (that is normally when we take him out in the middle of the night to go potty) and he went outside and peed and then we put him back in his crate and 5 minutes later he pooped, stepped in it and jumped all over the crate.  We have not left him in the crate for long periods of time at all.  He is consistently peeing and pooping outside and even has been sitting by the back basement door where we take him out when he has to go potty. We are currently feeding him twice a day ¾ cup at 5:45 am and ¾ cup at 3:45 pm.  (I plan to speak to his regular vet at his next shot appointment to ask if he thinks we should go back to feeding him 3x a day.  After his ear crop surgery, we switched him to two times a day).  He is on a consistent schedule for feeding and taking him out to potty afterwards.  We are at a complete loss and need help, please anyone!  

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He should be eating three times a day till he decides that's not needed out boy didn't want lunch when he hit 5 month almost six months. He's a baby so how big is your crate ? It should only be large enough to stand up and turn around. At that age my boy ate 1 cup of food three times a day and was let out constantly. Going at all hours of the night is normal he's just a baby yes I would go back to three times a day. The amount of food I think depends on the dog I always go by that and not the bag. If they don't finish you know how much to feed the next time and so on. If he's crying in his crate in the middle of the night it usually to poop so wait a bit for him to do his business just cuz you might be tired doesn't mean he's done. Remember you signed up for this and he's just being a baby. Has he been dewormed recently?

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Bane was like that until we made his crate smaller. Broke our hearts when he looked at us with his sad eyes but he got used to it :). Only took a short time and we slowly adjusted till he had the whole crate.

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 Here is a picture of his crate.  We went with the larger crate he can grow into, but there is a divider in there you should be able to see. I definetely think it smalls enough in length, but I'm not sure about width.  The thing is, it's not like he poops on one side and lays on the other, everytime he has pooped in there he steps in it and jumps all over the place.  He was dewormed by the breeder when he was 6 weeks old.  He also got his chewable Heartgard pill at his first vet apppointment when he was 8 weeks old.  We do plan to bring in a fecal sample to be tested though. As far as the eating, I was telling my fiance I defintely think he should eat three times a day and maybe up it to 1 cup each time.  Last night we did take him out at 3:00 AM and he successfully peed and pooped outside :) I also was curious if it is almost an every night thing getting up with him at 3:00 AM will he get into the habit of that and think that is potty time all the time?   

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No he won't make a habit out of it he's just to young to hold it right now he's like a newborn so you'll just have to stick it out eventually he will be able to go all night without it. How big is he ? Is he able to walk around in there cuz like I said you just want enough room to stand and turn that's it.I would recommend before putting him in there taking him out to the bathroom first and putting a busy you in there with him like a kong or a nylabone chew then taking him outside every time you let him out of the crate. Wipe the crate out with vinegar it eliminates the scent so he will stop associating it with potting.