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We got a Chihuahua puppy about two months ago, she's almost six months old now. We've tried virtually everything when it comes to potty training her, but nothing seems to be working. She still pees everywhere with no warning and doesn't give us any indication that she needs to go outside. She doesn't even squat down to pee indoors, she goes as she walks along, and we usually don't notice it for a good while, usually until one of us stumbles upon it. We went to the vet to see if anything is wrong and he sent us home with antibiotics for a possible UTI, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. We're beginning to think she has a problem with bladder control, but we're not quite sure yet. Any recommendations??
 

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Take her out after every nap, after every meal, and otherwise every 15 minutes... and ideally, stay outside with her until she pees. Praise like crazy when she pees outside. Ignore when she pees inside, and clean it with enzyme cleaner.


Sometimes it just takes longer for puppies to get it, but in my (very limited) experience, pups that take a hard time getting trained just don't have enough opportunities to actually pee outside and be rewarded for it (which is harder when people are away for a hours a day). But you can't expect a puppy to let you know when they have to go... you have to be proactive.
 

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Did you Vet a urinalysis to rule the UTI in or out? Try seeing a urologist who may be able to find the problem, if it is medical.
 

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If it is not a medical problem, I second the recommendation to double down on the training - taking her out after every nap and meal and/or every two hours. We have an Italian greyhound and they can be hard to potty train so we are relentless about it. We've trained ours to use a bell to let us know he needs to go out, but it's by no means foolproof, so taking him out as described above is a means of being proactive.

We also make a point of saying "good potty!" to him in the yard right after he goes, so hopefully he'll learn to respond to that word. Still working on that though :)
 

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My dog peed the other day by the door, but didn't squat- she was just playing and walked past the door and turned around and walked towards us again. it could just be that shes having trouble holding it in certain situations- does she do it after playing or anything? I know my puppy needs to go to the bathroom after she plays, naps, or eats (so basically between most activities). Even though she's 6 months old, your pup could be just taking a minute to adjust to a new living situation (maybe she wasn't trained at all where she was before, if it's not a UTI?).
 
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