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    Re: Enough With The Potty Threads!

    I wouldn't limit his water, Crystal. Instead you need to realize that at twelve weeks he does not yet HAVE any warning...his body hasn't matured to the point where the signals even go to him! At this age, the sphincter muscles etc are not developed and it's like "FULL...PEE" with no break. So anticipating his needs and keeping an eye on the time will help you get there. I recommend keeping a chart so that you have a record of when he's gone, when he's eaten etc so that you can learn what his body schedule in relation to food, sleep, exercise and training etc and be better able to anticipate his need to go. When in doubt, take him out. LOL

    The first three to four months of puppy housetraining is ALL about management and prevention.
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    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy - 12 Weeks
    2.) Length Of Ownership - 1 Month
    3.) Method Of House Training - Crate Training
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy - Cockapoo
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept - Crate in Living Room during Day, in Bedroom at night
    6.) Where Accidents Occur - In Crate
    7.) How Long Its Gone On - Since he's been left alone
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs - 1 hour --> 4 hours
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver - Me
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant - The puppy was breeder by a couple who had 2 cockapoos of their own with 2 children in the home. The woman kept the puppies in the home at all times and were constantly surrounded by people.

    Our puppy has been doing great with housebreaking/potty training. Like many of the users on here, the only accidents he has are as we are preparing to put on our shoes to take him out (we are just a couple minutes slower than him!). While we know those accidents are our fault, we are struggling with leaving him alone. I am luckily finished with graduate school so have been home to help train the dog during the day. I have been leaving 1-2 times per day to run errands, go to the gym, meet friends for lunch, or if we (my fiance and I go out at night on the weekends). Gordon is walked immediately prior to going into the crate and when its time to leave, Gordon whimpers, barks, cries, etc. We have a cover over the crate and play music to try and calm him (Apparently Enya is great for dogs...?). When we come home (whether its an hour later or 4), his crate and paws are sticky. It seems to be anxiety-driven urination. I thoroughly clean the crate, even add Nature's Miracle and Vinegar to try and get rid of the urine smell. We aren't really sure where to go from here. At night, he will whimper when he needs to go out to pee, but he is able to hold his pee overnight for approximately 4.5-5 hours. Sometimes during the day he will nap for 3 hours outside the crate (if I'm home) without urinating. We do put him in the crate or in an enclosed place while we are home/in sight, and he still gets anxious (no pee though).

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to decrease his anxiety with the crate and stop this anxiety-urination? We started reading about "crate games". Anything else?

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    I wouldn't limit his water, Crystal. Instead you need to realize that at twelve weeks he does not yet HAVE any warning...his body hasn't matured to the point where the signals even go to him! At this age, the sphincter muscles etc are not developed and it's like "FULL...PEE" with no break. So anticipating his needs and keeping an eye on the time will help you get there. I recommend keeping a chart so that you have a record of when he's gone, when he's eaten etc so that you can learn what his body schedule in relation to food, sleep, exercise and training etc and be better able to anticipate his need to go. When in doubt, take him out. LOL

    The first three to four months of puppy housetraining is ALL about management and prevention.
    This was the main thing for me to learn. As soon as I understood what Cracker has stated here, it was a matter of watching the clock, and taking Abby out every 4 hrs., and Yes, especially in the middle of the night.

    We would walk with her on leash around the yard for as long as it took. As soon as she peed, I would tell her what a genius she is and give her a treat. She understood quickly. She always got an opportunity to go before it became critical, and always got tons of noogies and love for doing it. There was no confusion over what was expected. She rarely has to go out at night, now. She is 5yrs. now, and when we are out walking and she does pee, she runs to me for a treat for being so good.

    It was all about patience and consistency, but so worth the effort.

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    Hi Guys, I have my first puppy (as a family we have had a few but this is my first very own) and I kinda just brought her home without asking the parentals :/ haha so Mum said she's not going to help at all. Im absolutley fine with this!! But Im having trouble with her Peeing ... She's really smart and learnt to poop and pee out side within the first couple of days but now she just pees anywhere, I get no warning signal or anything. She just drops her bottom and lets it rip!! ( Mother is not happy :/ )

    So answering the questions.

    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy: DOB - 2nd March 2011
    2.) Length Of Ownership: I got her on the 9th May ( soo nearly 3 weeks)
    3.) Method Of House Training: When I catch her peeinh she gets a firm NO and a little tap on the nose. I have been told to growl at her and hit her harder but I just can't do it ... I find it hard tapping her.

    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy: Her daddy was a Puggalier and her mummy was a Jug (so the people were calling her a Jugalier ... I think thats silly )

    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept: She lives with me in the house (can go outside when ever she wants) but during the day when I go to school mum talkes her down to my grandparents and again she can do out when ever she likes.

    6.) Where Accidents Occur: Where ever. If she doesn't get out for a poop she goes in the kitty tray (and thats all good) but she does pee-pees where ever she feels the need.

    7.) How Long Its Gone On: about 2 weeks. For the first week I had her it was all good but after that its been Wiz-crazzy!!
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs: Nope there are always people around
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver: ME!
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant: All up the top!!

    Sooo if there are ant tips you could give me it waould be awesome ... and Im sure it'll help Zandi to

    Thanks
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    I lost my 9 year old Min Schnauzer, Schultz a few months ago and am beginning to feel the desire for another dog. My health is not very good, and a puppy might be too much for me to deal with, so I have been considering a rescued adult dog - one that, like me, has slowed down just a little. I heard someone talking about a dog they knew that was litter trained and I thought that was a great idea!! Do any of you think an adult dog could be taught to use a litter box??

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    Below are my answers to the questions, but my problem is an unusual one. My puppy Kouhaku is normally very good about peeing in the apartment. He can go 5+ hours without using the bathroom while I'm at work, but when I'm home he asks me to go out every 15 minutes. And if I don't take him out he does it in the living room. I know he can hold it a lot longer than that because I've seen him do it and he will do it regardless of if I'm playing with him or not. I tried imposing a rule that I take him out only every 30 minutes at the most and it worked for a few days but recently he's gone back to peeing in the apartment when I try to tell him no. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get him to space out his potty breaks more often?

    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy: 12 Weeks
    2.) Length Of Ownership: four weeks
    3.) Method Of House Training: He asks me to go out (usually)
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy: Shiba Inu
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept: Bathroom while I'm out, in his crate to sleep, and in he palor when I'm with him
    6.) Where Accidents Occur: In the living room
    7.) How Long Its Gone On: about 2 weeks
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs: Not at all
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver: Me
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant: None that I know of

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    At 12 weeks old he's still a baby. He won't have complete physical control of his bladder until he's about 6 months of age, give or take. So, sometimes, yes, he may be able to hold it, but at other times, he just physically can't. It's just a matter of his bladder being physically "un-developed" right now. He's like a human toddler who can sometimes hold it, but sometimes can have an accident and pee their pants without warning!

    When you're gone, he's able to hold it longer because he's not as active. In fact, many puppies do more sleeping while their owner is away, and less playing. So, when he's sleeping or resting, his body functions slow down, and less urine is produced. When you're home, he's more active, and awake more of the time, so he has to pee more often.

    Continue taking him out on a regular basis for now, and whenever he asks for it. Helping him to be peeing in the right spot (outside) is more important than getting him to not have to go out as often, at least right now. When his bladder is more developed, he probably will not ask to go out so often. It's like a toddler, again. When a toddler says they have to go pee, you don't really tell them no, to wait, because it's more important to support their potty training, rather than increase the time between bathroom trips....

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    Hello! New here and hoping for help with an unusual potty problem!

    I adopted a 4 yr old miniature pinscher about 10 days ago. She's a rescue from the humane society and I don't know anything about her past but she appears to be house trained because she does not go in the house. She's adjusted quite well to her new home except that she refuses to potty (both pee and poop) except during a long walk. The first couple days I had her, she peed in the yard a couple of times without too much coaxing. But once she realized that she'd be getting a walk every day, she became DETERMINED to hold out for it. And boy can she hold it. She EASILY goes 24 hours between pees. I'm not sure what her absolute limit is because I've always felt bad for her and simply caved and taken her for a walk.

    Today I decided to try to have this out. She's been taken out to the yard twice today. The first time this morning for just a few minutes. The second was just now (about 1 pm here) and I stayed out there, pacing a small section of the yard and standing still for an hour! Nothing!

    It's not that I don't want to take her for walks (she'll be getting 1-2 a day) but I know that is way too long for her to hold her pee! I feel bad for her even though it doesn't seem to bother her at all.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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    She finally went yesterday after about 29 hours, just as we were getting ready to take her to the vet.

    Today she's been her usual self and has gone twice, on both her walks. I'd really like for her to start going in our own yard, at least some of the time. Anybody know how to encourage her to do that? Do those scented yardstick things actually work?

    Edit: I'm already trying to train her to go on command by saying "go potty" every time she starts to go, but I think it will take her a long time to actually make the connection.
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    Hi all! I've searched the forums and couldnt find a potty training issue similar to mine, but in case there was and I missed it, apologies for being redundant. That being said, thank you in advance for any advice you can offer

    I have a 3 1/2 month old Pariah dog pup (Chloe). Ever since day one (about 12 weeks) of me having her, she has not liked pooping in the house and has been very good about waiting until I take her outside. Peeing has not been so easy, lol.

    She is crate trained and stays in it overnight (about 8 hours) with no accidents, so I know she can hold it for quite some time (I'm also taking into consideration that her movement is limited, making it easier for her to hold it).

    The main problem is that Chloe gives ZERO warning before she pees, and boy does this dog pee. We've ruled out a UTI. So let me break down a typical day in the life of Chloe:

    6 am: Out of crate, outside, pees, poos, comes back in, gets food and water, playtime for 20 minutes, back outside, pees and sometimes poops. Comes back in, back into crate, or naptime on couch, depending on how motivated I am to stay up or go back to sleep for a bit.

    11 am: Outside to pee, back inside for lunch and water, wait 15, back outside for pee/poop.

    The rest of the day shes in the living room with me on a leash, unless I have to run errands, then its back in the crate. I usually take her out every hour or two, and she has no accidents. And then my boyfriend comes home.....

    She's pretty good about the excited piddles. He ignores her and doesnt excite her when he walks in the door (usually around 3 pm), so she's really cut back on the "Holy crap I'm so happy" accidents. But for some reason, when he's home, she pees every 20-40 minutes. It's nuts, I have no idea why she pees so much when he's home.

    Him and I work opposite shifts, so she gets this same routine every day because one of us is almost always home.

    My theory is this: She drinks the majority of her water between 6am-6pm (6 pm is her last meal...food and water 3x a day), so maybe around 3-4 pm is when her body has processed a lot of the water and she has to pee more frequently.

    I'm just having a really hard time with training her to signal me. I make her scratch the door every time we go outside, but when she has to pee, no warning. No particular spot. Just stop, drop, and pee. I honestly dont know where she's getting all this fluid from. I'm beginning to think she's like those desert lizards that absorbs moisture out of the air through its skin.

    Is this something that she will grow out of? I don't know if she's associating the door scratching with outside, because I live in an apartment where we have to go out into a hallway, onto an elevator, then out through a lobby. I've tried the crate/leash and she's never out of view. Even on the leash she'll just drop and pee without warning.

    Sorry if this is long winded, just trying to give as much detail as possible. Thank you!

    (oh also, when she pees outside she gets a treat, praise, all that good stuff)
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    She may start to grow out of it, puppy bladders are worse than the puppy teeth sometimes. I agree with the lizard thing, we HAD to limit our dogs water, because like your case, it was crazy, no warning, our dog didn't know he was peeing, there was not stop or drop in our situation, when we found a pee spot, it was actually a pee trail, leading through 2 or 3 rooms! Never a puddle. (count your blessings)

    As he got older, the pee trails turned into droplet trails, and eventually into nothing, so yes, your dog very well might outgrow it.

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    Thanks for the thread! It sums up everything for me!

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    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy - 8 weeks
    2.) Length Of Ownership - 3 days
    3.) Method Of House Training - puppy pads?
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy - French Bulldogs
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept - Kitchen/Crate
    6.) Where Accidents Occur - All day everyday
    7.) How Long Its Gone On - 3 days
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs - N/A
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver - Me
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant


    I'm not opposed to training them to signal when it's time to go outside, but everyone seems to come down really really hard on puppy pads. My two French Bulldog pups are only 8 weeks old and they are not through their vaccinations yet (they won't be done until they are about 17 weeks old). I live in an apartment and the only outside area is a common area across the street where everyone in the neighborhood walks their dogs. I'm concerned about them contracting any viral infections from any remaining dog waste in the park. So I guess in the mean time puppy pads are my only option? (Am I being dramatic? Do people generally just take their little pups out and hope for the best? I'm trying to listen to the vet on this one).

    They seem to be getting the hang of the puppy pads as far as understanding they need to go #1 on it. #2, however, involves a lengthy battle of me picking them up and putting them back on the pads and them trying to sneak off and relieve themselves in the corner. Any suggestions? Alternatives to the pad training are also welcomed.

    Also, if anyone has any noteworthy comments about housebreaking 2 puppies at once as opposed to 1, I'm all ears.
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    Re: Enough With The Potty Threads!

    please help! One of our dogs, a 1.5 yr old rescue, has recently started having potty problems. He was perfectly housetrained when he came to us (had been fostered for several months and they trained him really well) and had no accidents for the first 6 weeks he was here. But suddenly about a week ago he started peeing in the house. He does it right in front of us like it's no big deal, and doesn't even ask to go out beforehand. It's super weird!

    I don't think it's medical, like a UTI or anything, because he doesn't pee in his sleeping area at night. And during the day I let him out several times to potty and play in the yard so it's not like he's just got a super full bladder and can't hold it. I have no idea what caused the sudden change, and, more importantly, i have no idea how to reverse it!

    We've caught him in the act each time, said "no!" and immediately rushed him outside. would have treated him if he'd finished peeing outside but apparently each time he had gotten it all out in the house. and he does still go outside just fine when i let him out, he just ALSO goes in the house!

    I guess I'll just have to start the housetraining process from the beginning with him? But i'm not sure how to do that as he's not a puppy, and i've never done it before! We also have another dog (another rescue) and I'm worried she's going to pick up the bad habit, so need to get it dealt with ASAP.

    update: my hubby thinks he may be trying to mark. He was neutered the week that we brought him home, but since he was already a year and a half old I guess it can be a learned behavior? I thought marking stopped when the dog was neutered. And it's still strange since he didn't do it at all for 6 weeks.

    Either way, I need help!
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    I thought I would post in this sticky instead of starting a thread. We are having some issues with housetraining.

    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy - She is 10 months
    2.) Length Of Ownership - We have only had her for 2 days so I'm sure if I just gave it time...
    3.) Method Of House Training - She is crated when we leave (no more than 4 hours). She is loose in the house but keeps at my side so I have a hawk eye on her.
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy - Cavalier King Charles spaniel/Bichon Frise
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept - inside the house. Her crate is in the livingroom.
    6.) Where Accidents Occur - hardly. that is my issue.
    7.) How Long Its Gone On - 2 days?
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs - n/a
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver - i am but I encourage husband to walk her outside
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant - she was an outside dog before we got her.

    So my big issue is that Milli is hardly peeing. We've had her for about 72 hours and she's peed 4 times. She wasn't drinking a whole lot of water at first so I knew it was normal but now she is drinking water and still isn't peeing much.
    1st pee- 15 hours after being introduced to our home. I walked her before I got in the shower. I closed her in the bathroom with me in case she did pee. She peed on the floor. I cleaned it with enzyme stuff.
    2nd pee- sometime between 8-12 hours after 1st pee. She peed in her crate. I cleaned it with cleaner. she was walked before and after being crated.
    3rd pee- about 24 hours after 2nd pee. she peed in her crate again.
    4th pee- about 12 hours after 3rd pee. she actually peed outside. I saw her sniffing the spot she first peed in so I took her out. it was very little output. she refused the treat even though i know she likes it.

    How do you housetrain a dog that hardly pees? Every pee but the last one was like a flood so I know she's been holding it in. We walk her outside in the yard about every hour or two for about 20-40 minutes each time. I encourage her to walk around and get the scents in. She smiffs a lot then just lays down.
    I've tried the spray that encourages puppies to pee in a certain spot. She sniffed it but didn't care.
    We've only left her in the crate twice but she's peed both times she's been left in it. I'm going to try a slightly larger cage. I put a plushy blanket and her bobo in it along with a treat.
    She's not pooped yet. She started eating decently yesterday so I know it will be coming.

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    Maybe I always got lucky, but I always found housebreaking the *easiest* part of raising a puppy....


    I never had any of these "problem" issues - simply by sticking to a schedule, introducing a way for the dog to alert us she needs to go outside, and reinforcing positive behavior.

    All our dogs learned where to go fast. We never had to use pee pads at all!

    I guess it's different if you're raising a litter .... but anyone with a 8+ week old puppy should be able to housebreak with little trouble, IMO (given that the dog is a breed that is trainable).

    We hardly ever had any accidents with our pups - they all learned so fast.

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    @Jeepers - Are you sure your pup isn't finding a place in the house to pee???? If so, then I wouldn't worry about it. As long as she IS peeing it seems OK to me. She's sticking to your schedule which is awesome. If she isn't drinking much, you can't expect her to pee a lot. My lab mix pup drinks 4-5 bowls of water a day and pees like a race horse. But I wouldn't worry - she's probably still adjusting, and some dogs don't drink a lot of water - my first dog hardly ever drank water.
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    Exclamation HELP! (Long, but please read.)

    I'm a first-time owner of maltese/pomeranian mix - he was born 6/23/2011 and I've had him for 4 days. I usually keep him with me, in every room, and keep an eye on him. Constantly being assertive: making sure he chews on toys, not the furniture. making sure he knows where his food is, and eats regularly.

    The Big Issue: Potty Pads!

    He will go pee on a potty pad - he even does it (or tries) on command. However, I let him walk around on the carpet for 5 minutes and he's looking for a place to poop. God forbid I let the boyfriend "watch" him I have a little surprise EVERY time. He wont poop on the potty pad

    Another thing; fleas have been AWFUL this year and I'm trying to keep both him, and the house, free of them. (Apparently, the breeders didn't do any of this prior to selling their dogs). So anyway; I want him to learn to eliminate on pads either laid out in the house, on the patio, or both. I do not want to take him outside right now to potty due to another infestation of fleas.
    (Note: I do take him for walks & ensure his exercise.)

    I have not been crate-training him like I should be. I usually just let him stay in the kitchen w/ a baby gate when I leave - (Though, I like the idea of introducing him to the 'kennel paradise' at 10-15 min intervals).

    What would you do??

    Help... !

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    I'm at my wits' end with my dog, Macy. I've done extensive research and taken her to obedience training, and I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do. It's just not working, so I'm trying to examine some contradictions I've come across that might be hurting me. I know every dog is different, but I'd still love to hear some personal experiences and advice.

    1.) Age Of Dog/Puppy: One year old
    2.) Length Of Ownership: Five months
    3.) Method Of House Training: Crate training, positive reinforcement, bell at door.
    4.) Breed Of Dog/Puppy: Mutt -- we were told she's part Sheltie, part Cavalier King Charles spaniel, but we think she may also have some collie, chow or American Eskimo.
    5.) Where Dog/Puppy Is Kept: She is in her crate from about 10:30am to 7pm.
    6.) Where Accidents Occur: EVERYWHERE, except for her crate.
    7.) How Long Its Gone On: The entire time we've had her, but the recent problems (pooping inside DAILY) have been occurring for a month or two.
    8.) How Long Dog/Puppy Is Alone When It Occurs: Never. She is only alone when she's in her crate during the day, and she doesn't go in her crate.
    9.) Whom Is The Primary Caregiver: My husband and I share duties, but I'm with her more.
    10.) Any Background History That Might Be Relevant: She lived in a shelter from about 2-3 months old to about 5-6 months old. At the shelter, we're told she was left alone for about 12 hours a day, and could not hold it that long, so she'd just pee/poop in her crate and they would clean it up when they could.

    I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing (feeding on a schedule, taking her out on a schedule, supervising her VERY closely, etc.), but it only takes one split second for me to look away, and she's pooping on the floor. I'm trying my very best, but I physically can't watch her every single second. I keep her close to me, but she doesn't seem to have any qualms about going right next to me. At first, we JUST used positive reinforcement, as most members on this forum will suggest, but it became very clear that while she knew going outside was best, she didn't seem to get that going inside was bad. So, after a while, we've started scolding her when we catch her in the act. Can't say that's working, either.

    The contradictions that I'm trying to understand:
    -Macy's main method of telling us that she has to go outside is to stand by the back door and stare at us until we take her out. She will also occasionally bark or cry. We figure this is a good sign. However, how is she supposed to tell us (in that way) if we're keeping her with us at all times? How can she stand by the back door and bark if we've got her in the living room with us, for example? I look for sniffing and circling, but she doesn't always do that.
    -Because our main goal is for Macy to eventually tell us when she needs to go out, we take her out EVERY SINGLE TIME she asks. For consistency's sake, it seems to be the best way to teach her, "If I ask to go outside, I'll get taken outside, and then I can poop out there and get praise and treats." Makes sense, right? The only problem is, she's learned it too well, and is now asking to go outside constantly so that she can sniff acorns, search for squirrels, etc. She's always on a leash and always with us, and we do NOT play with her out there if we're on a potty break, but we certainly can't stop her from sniffing around, which is what she wants to do. We've been told that a good way to combat this is to bring her back inside if she doesn't seem to have to go. Unfortunately, she doesn't always go right away, even if she IS out there for peeing/pooping, so we'll end up bringing her back in and then she goes on the floor. How do we make sure that she knows potty trips are just for pottying?!

    Sorry this is so long. We're frustrated and confused, and desperately sick of cleaning up poop. It's been five months! How long is this going to take?!

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    Re: Enough With The Potty Threads!

    Hi all! I guess I'll post this here. We recently adopted a 6 week old puppy who was orphaned. We've been potty-training him (bringing him outside after food/water, praising him when he goes outside, or if he has an accident bringing him outside where we want him to go). Not sure what kind of dog he is. He's in a crate at night and has been doing pretty well (generally gets up once crying, goes outside to the bathroom, and then goes back to bed pretty quickly).

    However, twice in the last four days he's done something I've never heard of before. He has somehow (I've only seen the evidence, not the act) peed through the grate on the front of his crate, leaving us with a puddle of pee in front of the crate and a dry puppy inside. Has anyone ever heard of this or have an idea on how to stop it?

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    He's probably lifting his leg and peeing out the front of the crate. I see dogs do it at work ALL the time and it leaves them with a clean cage and urine all over the aisle. Or while he's standing up against the bars he's peeing. How long is he left alone when this happens? He's only 6 weeks old so he definitely cannot hold it for very long. The general rule of thumb is one hour for every month they are all.

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