Caesar and housetraining

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We just got Caesar, a beautiful black and tan male dobie 2 weeks ago today.  He is now 11 weeks old and has been a blessing to our family.  He does well with his house training, but my question is how/when will he get it that he only goes outside?  He eliminates outside almost everytime we take him out and has not had any accidents in his crate.  He can even go all night without going out, but he will squat right in front of you if you are not watching him intently.  We always catch him in the act and take him out to finish because we are watching him or put him in his crate when we can not, but is he getting the point that he goes outside?  I know he is very young and has only been here for 2 weeks, just wondering.

Thanks!

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It will be a while before he gets the idea. Princess is the same age, and also will go all night without messing in her crate. (That's one of the beauties of the crate). When you first let him out of the crate, take him outside immediately. Then after he drinks or eats, wait a few minutes and take him out again. Frequent trips outside are the key.

While I have had a few piddles from Princess, they were all my fault, by letting her out of her crate and not immediately taking her out. While I praise her heavily when she goes outside, I know full well that it will be months before she will make the connection. Fortunately, all the Mt. Doberman piles are outside. If you wonder why I call it Mt. Doberman, just let an adult dog be in the house too long and have to go.

Anytime Ceaser is not outside or in his crate, keep a close watch on him and watch the clock. When it comes time for him to take a break from play, put him in his crate. It is the best tool to help in his training. They will resist going in the crate as long as they can. This will over time strengthen the muscles. It is not as much a "training" from an attitude as it is a training the muscles to control it. The same process all babies go through.

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Just out of curiosity, how often does he get taken out?  When my little girl was that age (she turned out fine btw) it was play, potty, nap, potty - play, potty, nap, potty.  About on a 45 min - 1 hr cycle.  Sounds like a lot, but they really have teeny bladders and when they're awake they just have the urge more often. Consider yourself lucky, Madde took months before she was accident free in her crate.  We really thought something was wrong with her.  She was also a "vindictive pee-er"  If she didn't get what she wanted, when she wanted it (toy, out of her x-pen, etc.) she would give me a dirty look and go straight over and pee on her puppy bed staring at me the whole time!!  Thank god she out grew that little trick...

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Thanks for the advice guys!  He goes out about every hour when he is out of his crate.  I just wanted to make sure we are doing the right things and making it easier for him to succeed at housetraining.  We will all be happier when we do not have to follow him around 24/7 :)