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Brought Kessel home July 29th. Had several accidents a day right in the beginning of course. Now she typically has one accident a day. Which is much improved from a couple weeks ago. Just thought I'd see if that sounded "on track" or if at this point I should be able to expect some accident free days. I know she doesn't get full bladder control until around six months old so I am thinking we are on a good track with the house training. Outside opinions are always good though, she definitely needs to be 100% house trained. She's crate-trained so when not being watched she goes in her kennel and now that she's a little bigger she's going to start spending some time in the yard so she gets comfortable there as well (just very short periods since she's just a baby).
 

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When does the one accident per day happen? I'm confused. If she is in the crate anytime she can't be watched, you really shouldn't be having accidents, unless they are A) in the crate or B) when you let your attention off of her briefly.

But, I guess, in reality, most people occasionally lose track of where the dog is or what they're doing when they're potty training, so once a day isn't bad at 12 weeks old.
 

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Agree with above - accidents should be pretty rare, not happening 1/day. That would tell me that the dog is not being watched closely enough. Not trying to be critical, just saying that house training is so much easier when you don't give the dog a chance to make mistakes when you're not watching. There is no way to teach in that situation. Unless you catch them in the act of starting to go in the house and quickly get the dog outside and praise/treat when they do the right thing, all you're doing is letting the dog soil your house with no benefit of training.
 

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Obi usually had at least one accident per day, and still managed to be housetrainer perfectly by the time he was 6 months. I'd say it's no big deal, as long as he pees outside most of the time and gets rewarded every time.

Obi's accidents happened because he would sometimes need to pee every 20 minutes, and other times only once per hour, so I would occasionally do stuff on my computer while he was loose in my office, and he would sometimes pee while I wasn't looking.
 

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Oh god I would have given my left eye for only one accident a day at 12 weeks. Squash was the master of "I'm just gonna go ahead and start peeing without stopping what else I'm doing right now" at that age, though. He also used to have accidents in his crate occasionally, and he's very solidly house trained as an adult. You will be ok. :)
 

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It really kind of depends on your dog. Just make sure to continue training your puppy with patience and praising him every time he doesn't have an accident. Some dogs have very few accidents and some have lots, specially when they are still really young, so don't worry about it too much. Just continue what you are doing and it is going to be fine.
 

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Thanks everyone! The accidents always happen when she's been playing really hard and usually she finishes when I scoop her up and run her outside so I figured she just couldn't hold it any longer sort of thing. She never messes in her crate and goes in there to play or or sleep on her own already. There are definitely times I get distracted seeing as I have two very young children and several pets, one reason I'm a big fan of crates but you can't keep them locked in a crate 24/7. I like having a forum to talk things out though, wish I'd utilized this technology in the past! My friend's pup is fully house-trained but I keep reminding herself hers is a little older than mine. I know in human babies seven weeks makes a HUGE difference (my baby and my cousin's baby were seven weeks apart) so would make sense to have a similar deal in dogs. How old is a three month old pup in comparison to humans? All the charts I've seen start at one year of age for dogs. I'm guessing if Kessel were human she'd be toddler age?
 
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