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Crate Training Australian Shepherd Puppy
So, my 9 week old Aussie puppy has been having trouble with going to the bathroom in her play pen. We started out by leaving her in her kennel for a couple hours at a time and giving her treats all along the way while we were home. We worked up to about 3 to 4 hours and she sleeps soundly through the night without whining, (I wake up every 3 to 4 hours to bring her to her puppy pad area to do her business.) But when we started leaving to go to work, when we came home she had pulled her bed out of her cage and pooped and peed all over it and inside her play pen. The crate, however, was almost spotless.
Is this just a nervous reaction since we are gone for about 4 hours instead of being at home with her? Is she just too young to be expected to hold her bladder for 4 hours unless she's sleeping? Is there any training I can give her to help her learn to control her bladder?