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bethelnurse10 ,

Make sure the crate has no bedding and if the crate is a little large for dog use a partition to make the area just large enough for dog to lay down comfortably.
Do not over feed your dog and not too many treats for now. You can speed things up by keeping to a set feeding and potty walk schedule every day. Make sure you are feeding a good kibble with no corn , wheat or soy. ( this does make a difference ) You may want to try feeding twice a day as this will help if it works OK for your dog... No water 2 hours before bed time and make sure there is a potty walk before bed time. During the daytime to concentrate your effort keep dog on leash hooked to you and take out to the same potty area on a regular basis and praise with no treat. Much of what you are doing is correct and your dog will get it in time. Don't use any harsh tone with dog other that a firm no if he squats to pee and take out to potty area just like you are doing. Use natures miracle to clean up accidents to remove scent marker. For now do not let dog have run of house , and , return to crate anytime you can not supervise. Generally this will speed things up for you.

Special note. Your dog needs to like the crate and feel safe there , so , make sure never to fuss and put your dog in crate for any type of correction.

AS for how long it takes , this is hard to answer , but , the above will help. For some dogs , too much family excitement hurts this effort so try to keep things calm until dog has the outside thing ironed out and will let you know... For some dogs this communication can be very subtle , for example: I've had a dog that would walk past you and go to door and look back , and , if you missed it , well , a young dog just has very little holding power so pay attention...

Keep up the good work and I'm sure your dog with get the program down sooner than later....

As for crying in the crate , if this is at night you may want to put dog in your room. When dog has schedule down flat , you can supply bedding if you wish just as long as dog does not try to eat bedding. Puppy proof your home just like you would for a child to protect dog.

Nothing sounds like a medical issue to me. If Scout is eating and drinking normally , urine is clear and no foul odor with stool , I would not worry about a thing. If you have questions just save them for you next visit to the Vet , or , post here.....

If I left anything out please post back.

Sorry to be so late with reply , some how I missed your post.......................................

Best , oldhounddog

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