Hi - I am baffled at my 6 month old's overnight behavior and want to know if anyone has any suggestions as to what I should do. My puppy has been crate trained and is quite happy to go into her crate and she has been sleeping through the night since she was 16 weeks old. She used to bark/whine if she needed to go out and we would promptly, always attend to her needs. The past few weeks she has had accidents overnight but has not barked or whined to let us know she needed to go out. She just poops then scratches at the tray in the crate. The scratching wakes us up and then we see the mess and deal with it. This has happened at least 4 times and usually around 3 AM. She eats about 2 cups twice a day at 7 AM and 7 PM. Her stools are fine, she is in good health and she gets plenty of exercise/walks during the day and is not crated during the day very much at all. Her last potty break before bed is at around 11:30 PM and she used to make it through until 6 AM. We tried making her crate smaller and feeding her in her crate, but still, the night-time poops keep happening. We also tried taking her out at 2:00 AM last night but she wouldn't budge from the crate (she wanted to sleep) and then had the accident at 3 AM. Should I feed her more in the AM and then just a small meal before bed? I am also considering keeping her out of the crate overnight so she can "ring" the bell at the back door as she is trained to ring the bell during the day, but I am not comfortable about her loose in the house or even closed off in our mudroom (safest place). Plus, like I mentioned, she seems to like her crate and I always planned to keep her there until she was finished teething. I am baffled and don't know what to do. Thanks for any suggestions.