09-06-2016, 03:30 AM
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: the Netherlands
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
It is quite normal for puppies not to know when they have to pee or poop, until it is 'right this second!'. They are still learning about their bodily functions, and cannot hold pee or poop very well.
Also, I take it you have a male puppy, male dogs do not start lifting their legs up right away to pee. I also have a male puppy, 16 weeks old now, and he stands to pee. This is normal.
How often do you take him outside to potty? I would suggest going every hour. In between, if you know that he even poops in his bed, all eyes on the puppy. When he starts sniffing the ground, pick him up and carry him outside. Go to a specific potty place and just stand there. (If he lies down, walk like one or two steps just to get him in standing/walking position again) Do not go on a long walk, it may be too exciting for your dog so he forgets to do his business. Go for the fun walk AFTER the potty. When he potties, praise him and give him a treat!
When he potties inside, try to interrupt him by picking him up or forcing him to move (no hitting, but you can hold him behind the shoulders and gently force him forwards so he has to walk) or by a sound (but there's the danger of starting to yell at him, and thus punishing him which you should not do), then quickly pick him up and bring him outside. If he does his business outside, even if it is just a drop and the rest is in your living room, praise like insane and give him treats.
Inside, do NOT punish the puppy when he does his business. He will learn that you are scary and capable of hurting him, he will not learn not to do his business inside. Also, make sure you thoroughly clean the spots where he relieved himself. Make sure you use an enzymatic cleaner so the scent is gone. Urine/poop smell is like a sign to your dog saying "this is a toilet!".
And of course it is a good thing you're going to the vet, hope nothing is wrong with the little guy!