1. Just before going to bed, offer a last chance bathroom break. Put the crate in your bedroom, and pop your pup inside about an hour before you go to bed. When you’re ready for bed yourself, wake her up and take her outside for a last chance elimination.
2. Get up first thing in the morning to let her out. And rush her outside so she learns to do it there, and not in your house! You’ll need to take puppies younger than three or four months outside at least once during the night.
3. If your dog soils her crate, set the alarm to get up an hour earlier the next night. If she does it three nights in a row, abandon the crate confinement at night. Keep her in her puppy playroom instead and try again in a week or two. It’s also a good idea to ask your vet to check for any physical problems that could be making it hard for your pup to hold it.