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Old 05-22-2019, 01:56 PM
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My Puppy is not getting the potty training thing

I know there are all kinds of posts about this issue and quite commonly it comes down to human error but I am at a loss here on this one and none of the searchable posts quite match what I'm running into here.

So my male Puppy is about 5-6 months old (Shelter pup so I dont know his exact age). He has taken to crate training perfectly, he doing as well as can be expected for learning his commands at his age. He only poops outside except for the occasional accident which can usually be attributed to our fault, like getting distracted by my 2 young ones and not letting him out quick enough in the morning. Peeing is the big issue.

He acts like he's got a urinary tract infection as far as frequency of peeing. I can take him outside and he relives himself right away, take him back inside and he pees on the floor again very quickly. Sometimes within 10 minutes of coming back inside. My first thought was Urinary tract infection but he sleeps all the way thru the night w/o any issues. He's never soiled his crate and holds it until we let him out in the morning. We control his water intake and never let him gorge on it. Scold for peeing inside and praise massively when he does it outside.

We've only had 1 day so far without an accident in the house and that only happened by me keeping an eagle eye on him and letting him out damn near every hour on the hour. Anything short of that and we have all kinds of puddles to clean up in the house.

I'm really scratching my head here as how to proceed. He's a wonderful dog otherwise.
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Old 05-22-2019, 03:07 PM
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My son's male pup did this at around that age as well, and they were talking with the vet who said neutering would help. But they also had to wait until his baby teeth had fallen out, and the dog grew out of the habit before that happened. Now they will wait for Oscar's neuter until he is 1 year old.

Not sure if you should scold your pup for peeing indoors. I have always just cleaned up the messes without comment, and lots of praise for going in the right places. Our pup still has the occasional accidents in the house as well, but the cause probably is being confused by having been piddle pad trained (had no choice with a young pup and a snowy minus 20 Celsius outside) and now learning to go outside. Toby is now 5 months old!
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Hello @spawn2031

I’m sorry you’re having a frustrating time. Potty training can be tough, and I feed pee accidents so much more annoying to clean up than defecation.

One thing that seems to help with male puppies is making sure they pee TWICE outside. Boys always seem to keep some in the tank so they can mark later.

Some puppies just need A LOT of repetitions of getting it right to understand. If it makes you feel better, my middle Border Collie (smartest of all breeds apparently...) was the WORST. I needed to take her out every 15-20 minutes.

I would go to the vet to eliminate the UTI, just to be sure. Then I would take him out every 30-40 minutes for a couple days, praising and treating heavily for going outside. If that is going well, start adding 10-15 minutes between breaks. If they have an accident, scale back your time. It will be a headache for a little while, but worth it in the long run.
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Potty training...not so fun, but they will learn eventually:)

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I feed pee accidents so much more annoying to clean up than defecation.

One thing that seems to help with male puppies is making sure they pee TWICE outside. Boys always seem to keep some in the tank so they can mark later.

. Then I would take him out every 30-40 minutes for a couple days, praising and treating heavily for going outside.
I agree with you @Shandula about the "specialness" of cleaning up pee accidents---HA!

I have an older blind cat with some balance issues that ends up with some pee in her litter box, and lots and lots that lands on the towels that I have put out for her for...just in case. I clean the floor in her bathroom, change out towels twice daily... I feel like I live to change pee towels. LOL> Lots of laundry. I finally learned to buy tons of gently used cheap 50 cent towels at the flea markets so I didn't have to waste water daily by doing laundry every day.

Cleaning pee accidents either from doggies or kitties is simply...no fun at all!

As far as boy dogs needing to pee twice or more in a row...omg my little Sparky dog (15lbs) can pee and pee and pee...and then pee some more. Thank heavens he came to me already potty trained when I adopted him from a rescue group years ago. But when we are out walking, he will pee or mark every single inch of our walk. Ok so I am exaggerating, but seriously I have no idea how he could possibly have that much liquid inside his cute lil body to mark that much! He must pee at least 15 times or more on a walk, even sometimes he only has a tiny lil sqirt, but he still tries. I guess he likes everyone to be able to read his "pee mail" or something

And @spawn2031, I, too suggest heavily rewarding all your pup's potty successes! Give nice genuine praise, and some of his fave food treats.

Also, I found that making a cue to potty helped with my Puma pup's potty training. So I would say happily, "Puma, go potty!" and take her outside and let her do her thing. Then as soon as her cute lil butt hit the ground to start peeing, I would "mark" the good behavior choice with a "Yes!"

I found though that saying the "Yes!" too loud or excitedly was NOT a good idea, as it would startle her and then...she would stop and not pee. Yikes! So I lowered my excitement and just said a gentle "Yes!" sometimes followed with "Thank you" or "Good job Puma!"

Puma wasn't always so interested in the "after pee" treats, she was more interested in continuing to explore or walk--- but I still always offered them to her. My situation is a bit different because I mostly potty trained her at my store, so our potty places were in lil gardens in our shopping center parking lot.

Puma pup actually was a very, very, very picky potty girl....I had to really have huge amounts of patience with her, which was hard at times because many times I would lock up my shop with a sign saying... "Out on potty break with my dog, be right back!"

I didn't have a lot of time because I didn't want to inconvenience my customers by staying gone too long. Or lose too many sales. Not everyone loves dogs, or understands having a shop dog that needs to potty, amazingly. Although honestly my customers are awesome and very patient with us-- and love my shop dogs!

Ahhhh everyone, and I mean everyone, has their own challenges when working with their beloved doggies, right? Gotta love em all!

And.... one more thing that will really help you guys: stick to always generously rewarding his potty success. Scolding him for his inside errors may just make him a bit afraid of you, afraid of making a wrong decision, confuse him at this stage. Which many times leads to a dog who learns to "hide" his indoor potty. Oy! No one wants that, believe me!

Your pup will learn in time. Just keep repeating and rewarding all the good stuff!
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