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I got an 8 year old Miniature Pinscher from a friend about 9 months ago, this is my first dog and before I got her, she was house trained and did not pee on the floor inside. Since I have owned her, she does does not ever pee on the floor while I am there, she will hold it as long as she can and if she really has to go, I got her a potty patch and she will use that. When I am not home though, she will always pee on the floor, even if I am only gone for a half hour. I am not sure how I can stop this since she only does it when Im not there and never does it when I am home. Everything I have seen on how to potty train dogs involves me being there when she does it. Other than this, she is a very good dog and does everything I want her to. Any help anyone could give me would be appreciated, I am at a loss for ideas.
 

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I would crate her when you're not there in a crate small enough to give her room enough to turn around and lie down, but no bigger. Most dogs like to keep their personal space clean and don't like to mess in it. If she's not used to a crate, make it appealing by feeding her in it with the door open at first. Give all treats in the crate, etc. Eventually close the door for short periods of time while she eats, until she's more used to it. When she has an accident, make sure you clean it with an enzyme cleaner, such as Nature's Miracle, so she won't keep going back to that spot. If it's carpet, soak the spot for a few minutes with the cleaner before blotting it up (pour some cleaner on the spot), to make sure it gets down to the padding, or even the sub floor. If it's a wood/laminate/linoleum/tile floor, I spray lightly, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe dry.

Did your friend always have her potty outside? If so, she may be really confused b/c you're letting her potty inside on the Potty Patch. She may be confused as to why it's okay to go on that, but not anywhere else in the house. That's why I don't like paper training/pee pad training, etc. Just a thought.
 

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She was paper trained before I got her, she would go in the house, but only on the blue puppy training pads. She also likes her kennel and is very used to it, she will go in there just to lay down sometimes, I just dont want to have to leave her in a small kennel for 8 hours or more while Im at work, that seems kind of mean. My whole apt has hardwood floors, so it isnt really difficult to clean up after her, but right now I keep her locked in the kitchen while I am not home so that I dont have to look all over the house to find where she peed. She never pees on anything, its always just the floor, and I didnt have to train her at all to use the potty patch, she just knew that I wanted her to pee there, she just also pees on the floor if Im not around.
 

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Did I read correctly? She's eight years old? Did you mean eight months old?
If she is 8 years old, I would definitely schedule a vet check up. Not being able to hold it may be the result of a health issue in adult dogs.
Regardless of her age, it's ok to keep her crated. Many people here do. When dogs are crated, they usually just sleep anyway. Actually, when dogs are left alone, they do a lot of sleeping, too, as their human isn't home, and many dogs don't tend to play unless someone is there to play with them. So, if the majority of the time is going to be spent sleeping, what difference does it matter if it's in the crate?
Then, when you get home, that is awake time, when the dog is more active.

On the other hand, some dogs pee because they get anxious when left alone. Do you leave toys in the kitchen with her? Have you ever left a frozen, stuffed kong for her? Those kind of things might keep her mind off being alone, in case she's peeing out of anxiety.
 
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