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I had an aussie mix before, had no issue house training. She left our family 2 years ago, and now we have added a 13 week old lab mix. She was kept with some dog groomers for awhile until we got her, often staying the night at the shop for over 12 hours, so i know she had accidents. We have had her 3 weeks, and yes, we got a crate the first day we got her. I have done the usual, always keep an eye, take her out every hour or so. She will potty outside, get praise and a treat as soon as we come in. But she still uses the bathroom inside the house, sometimes right in front of us, but mostly when we cant see her. I keep most doors to the house closed, but we do have a decent sized house, so if we sit down for dinner, she can go into the living room. It isnt bladder, i work from home and she will sit in my office with me for 3 hours and lay, sleep, chew on a toy. But take for example last night, we went on a long walk with wife and kids, went to playground, tossed ball around and played for about an hour, came back, and she did nothing while outside. Within 30 minutes of being at home, she peed twice in the house. Maybe i was just spoiled with my old dog, but after almost 4 weeks, she knows that she should potty outside, she gets praise when she does, but continues to potty inside.
 

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Reward her when you're outside, not when you come back in. From what you describe you take the dog out, dog pees, dog comes inside, dog gets rewarded. The dog associates what they are doing that instant with the reward. If you reward the dog when she comes in, the dog associates the reward with coming inside so coming inside becomes the thing she wants to do. She never makes the connection that peeing outside is the desired behavior. It's just some random thing she does in her mind.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that a 13-week-old dog is still a puppy. She's still growing and hasn't gained the physical bladder control that adult dogs have. (I remind myself of this fact every time I take my small 11-week-old puppy outside, sometimes twice an hour. And this weekend, he did go on a long walk followed by a pee inside the house. Sigh.)

My advice is to take her out every 45 minutes (since you've been doing every hour so far) or more often if she's showing signs of needing to go. Do this until she's consistently not having accidents inside. Then you can increase to every hour and a half, and so on.
 

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One thing we did with our dog when it was a puppy...................when we were eating dinner or in the living room watching tv and wanted to make sure she was close, we would put her on leash right next to us. It worked great. To this day....she is 12.............she comes and lays down by us during dinner and when we are relaxing she does too and stays right beside us.

Also when you take her out, try saying something like "go to the bathroom, hurry up and then clap your hands................we use that routine. And don't let them in until they go:D

Just remember be consistent in whatever you do;)
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that a 13-week-old dog is still a puppy. She's still growing and hasn't gained the physical bladder control that adult dogs have. (I remind myself of this fact every time I take my small 11-week-old puppy outside, sometimes twice an hour. And this weekend, he did go on a long walk followed by a pee inside the house. Sigh.)

My advice is to take her out every 45 minutes (since you've been doing every hour so far) or more often if she's showing signs of needing to go. Do this until she's consistently not having accidents inside. Then you can increase to every hour and a half, and so on.

i thought of that, but she has no issues keeping it overnight, or in my office when i work at home. and i dont think it is accidents, she is purposefully doing it. Someone else mentioned that since she was kept at a dog groomers until she found our home, she might have imprinted on flat surfaces, but i dont know how true that is, thought it would explain a lot, or how to stop it.
 

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Puppies are a lot less active when they are sleeping :), which makes it easier to hold it overnight.

I just have a hard time with the notion that a 13-week-old would be "purposefully" going inside. As long as she goes inside, just assume that she isn't housetrained. Tether her to you and take her outside at regular intervals accordingly.
 

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Puppies are a lot less active when they are sleeping :), which makes it easier to hold it overnight.

I just have a hard time with the notion that a 13-week-old would be "purposefully" going inside. As long as she goes inside, just assume that she isn't housetrained. Tether her to you and take her outside at regular intervals accordingly.
I agree with this. If my puppy has an accident in the house it is my fault because she/he is a baby and I missed the signs.
 

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We are having spring rains here and were it not for the rain, my puppy would be almost fully trained. There is something about rainey weather, or a wet back yard that turns this dog off.;)

He has accidents whenever the yard is wet and of course, when Dad comes home at night, oh so exciting!!:D
 

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i forgot to mention, when we got her, we got her from friends of the owners. They worked in a dog groomers place, and the dog was kept there overnight, sometimes for 12 hours or more in a fenced stall. She was using the bathroom there, so i have been told she might have imprinted on flat surfaces being okay to use the bathroom on. That is something i believe that i am fighting. And I believe she does know what she is doing, because she does it more around my wife than from me. We got her at 13 weeks, so she already had a few habits we are trying to break her of. I doubt she was housetrained before we got her, or before she spent time at the groomers place.
 

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I always use a phrase for going for dogs, "do you business" or "get it done" or such...

I always use it, every day, every time, when I let them out before they actually start going, normally they give a sign like circling and sniffing for s apot etc. then let them go and finish and praise as soon as they finish.

After a while they just find a spot and go on that command.. ;) So I can always have em empty out before I know we're going inside for a while or going to ride in the car for a while on a trip etc.

You could give it a while for a pup and see if it straightens out, I've also given a little negative reinforcement if I have an opportunity to time it -just- right, when its obvious the dog has decided to go in the house but hasn't actually started yet, and shoo them outside. No or Pssst or whatever correction word or sound I use and usher them out quickly.
 
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