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    Urination issues

    I'm not new to the world of dogs but i now have a puppy that I cannot get trained to urinate outside with any sort of consistency. She is a 6 month old lab which has two issues. #1 regular urination she goes where ever she wants, inside or out. #2 she has submissive urination issues.

    Starting with problem #1. I have owned this lab for 4 months now. She is kennel trained and sleeps in her kennel at night and whenever we are away. She can be in her kennel for 10-12 hours without any problems. Never urinates in her kennel since I've owned her. When I get her up in the morning we immediately go outside, I use the words "go potty" and she goes. I immediately reinforce her going with "good dog" and rub her shoulder. The rest of the day is a nightmare. I will take her outside after a couple hours and every half hour after that and say "go potty" She'll look at me like I'm nuts and chew on sticks and wander around. At some point we'll be in the house and she'll just squat and pee. Doesn't matter where we are in the house or what's going on. I can yell, clap, do what ever and she'll just keep peeing. She never goes an hides somewhere and pees, always right next to someone. Ideas?

    #2 Anytime anyone enters the house other than me she will pee on the floor. If I let her go she'll pee at the person's feet. If I hold her, make her sit and try to keep her calm she just pees where I am. If I take off her collar, adjust it and put it back on she pees. If someone picks up her leash to take her for a walk she pees.

    I'm at a loss. I will clean up pee 6-8 times a day and have zero clue on how to get this to stop. Never owned a dog like this and am getting a bit frustrated.

    Thanks for any input or suggestions!

    Craig

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    Re: Urination issues

    From your description it sounds like you simply need to wait her out. Don't go back inside your house until she pees. It might take a considerable amount of time so be prepared and be patient. If things seem to really stall, you can try some vigorous exercise or play while you're waiting and see if that helps to speed things up.

    I wouldn't yell, clap or try to startle her in the midst if an accident happens indoors, she probably has a very soft temperament and those tactics will likely only further your problems. Besides, they're just not working.

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    Re: Urination issues

    I would take her outside and if she does not go, take her back in the house and crate her for a while, then take her back out. Sometimes they will grow out of the submissive urination.

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    Re: Urination issues

    I can't speak to this with any experience yet, but I'm reading a lot about house training too, due to puppy coming home in a few weeks.

    I think eventually you will be able to use your words "go potty" but it isn't going to work yet, because you haven't established "go potty" as a cue. Basically, you have to wait until either pup is actually potty-ing, and then say "go potty" (softly, you don't want them to stop what they're doing) to them during the action. This is the strategy I'm planning to use from the "Happy Puppy Handbook" I'm referencing the most; the author says not to use the cue words as a command for the first stages of house training because "if you use the word and [the puppy] doesn't oblige, you will have taught him[/her] that the word has no meaning." Once the cue has some meaning to your pups, you can use it to prompt what you're looking for...but for now, it's a waiting game when you're on a potty break.

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    Re: Urination issues

    I also wanted to add that many dogs think praise and a pat are nice, but it's not a really high value reward for most. Try using some really exciting food treats - boiled chicken, little bits of cheese or hotdog, freeze-dried liver - and 'jackpotting' her when she potties outside, by which I mean act like she did the most amazing thing you've ever seen and give her 3-5 treats, one after the other, in rapid succession. You really want her to learn that pottying outside is WAY more exciting and rewarding than pottying inside - right now it sounds like she doesn't see much difference between the two. Combined with the other advice you've received, this will help motivate her to actually potty when she's outdoors (and hold it when she's indoors) so she can earn those treats.

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    Re: Urination issues

    Common symptoms of a urinary problem include: Burning with urination (dysuria). This is the most common symptom of a urinary tract infection. Frequent urge to urinate without being able to pass much urine (frequency).

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    Re: Urination issues

    I haven't seen anyone mention it but take her out to potty on leash so she can't eat sticks and wander around. Potty times are potty times not play times.

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