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Old 08-20-2015, 11:26 AM
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Puppy not getting it

Having a lot of trouble with my puppy moving from crate training to house training. He's absolutely won't eliminate in his crate, which is great, and he also pees/poops immediately when we go outside. However, he doesn't seem to understand that he's not supposed to go in the house at all. I take him out every half hour to an hour unless he's in the crate and he's always in my sight. He will eliminate right in front of me minutes after having him outside.

Everyone says he's supposed to "get it" soon since he's successfully crate trained, but he really does not seem to be progressing on the housebreaking front. He can definitely hold it longer than he is, because he holds it in his crate and i am really careful about taking him outside A LOT.

Any advice? i feel like he has to be in his crate constantly or else he's peeing on the floor.
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Are you really rewarding him for going outside? It sounds like he is just being a puppy. You need to watch him carefully and make sure he only gets the opportunity to potty outside and then, pottying outside has to be SUPER AMAZING REWARD JACKPOT AWESOME FUN PARTY YAY!!! So that when he has to go, he will wait to get that huge reward, when inside he gets nothing. Peeing in the crate would be inherantly punishing, right, because then you have to lie in pee even though you feel better because your bladder is empty. Peeing inside, if you are doing the right thing and not scolding him is rewarding in itself because now your bladder is empty and that feels better. You just have to make peeing outside so much more rewarding so that the habit sticks.
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How old is he? When he pees, do you clean up with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle?

My immediate guesses are that he just isn't ready to be free roaming yet and/or your cleaner is leaving behind a smell he can sense so he thinks inside is an okay place to pee.
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How old is he? When he pees, do you clean up with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle?

My immediate guesses are that he just isn't ready to be free roaming yet and/or your cleaner is leaving behind a smell he can sense so he thinks inside is an okay place to pee.
He's only 4 months old so I know he wouldn't be totally perfect yet, it's just frustrating that it's been about 2 months of minimal progress. I know I'm supposed to restrict his accidents, but I can't seem to keep up with him! He also happily sleeps in his crate at night, but during the day he cries a lot because he can see me & my other dog and wants out. The whole thing ends up super frustrating.

I have been using natures miracle but admittedly sometime I use other cleaning products so maybe I need to be more diligent with natures miracle. My other dog was very different to housebreak than this one. He was predictable and also had "spots" where he liked to go in the house, so I could kind of beat him to the punch. This guy is all over the place! Eek.
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That's totally normal. Puppies can hold it for a lot longer in the crate than they can out and about (part of that is because they're typically asleep). My 4.5 month old can hold it 4 hours in her crate, but not even an hour in the house if she's up and busy. Usually she tells us she has to go, but sometimes she just pees right where she is with no warning.

Dogs aren't really capable of full bladder control until about 6 months. Until then it's all about management and taking them out enough. If he's still having accidents, you need to supervise him more closely (same room, or tethered to you) and take him out more often.
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