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Once dogs identify an area as their "den" it can be impossible to get them to urinate or defecate in that area. This goes doubly so for apartment buildings where there is a large separation between the outdoor potty area and inside.

While young dogs are at risk of infections or other issues for the most part they are ok holding their pee. If you can get a dog walker that would be really beneficial.

I have one of the world's most stubborn dogs when it came to "admitting" she needed to pee. She would often go 24 hours because she didn't want to go outside in the dark during the winter, even if I had a flashlight. The vet said as long as I gave her the option and she ate/drank and wasn't in any distress to just let her be. I would never, ever advocate for someone to do this to a dog but what I do advocate for is clear-headed thinking when it comes to the bathroom habits of a dog. If the dog is holding it for 8 hours and is not in any distress, then let the dog be, rather than teaching it to do something that it finds distressing.
 
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