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Me and my dogs are cooped up indoors today because there's about 6 inches of snow on the ground outside. I've had my cocker spaniel for about a month now and normally keep him crated when I'm not at home. I decided today would be a good day to experiment with more freedom outside the house. I've never had any issues with him while I'm home. If I'm gone I've seen him hold it in his crate for 4-5 hours without issue. Today I leave him in the kitchen (where is crate is) for about an hour. I come back to discover that in that hour he peed all over the floor. I couldn't punish him obviously since I didn't catch him in the act, but how do I deal with this? Like I said, when I'm in the same room with him he gives no indication he needs to go and he's never ever had an accident in the house before now. He never barked, never scratched at the door, never indicated he needed to go outside or obviously I'd have let him. What do I do at this point besides the obvious of cleaning it up and not giving him unsupervised freedom outside the crate?