Accidents in the house

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We adopted a pup when he was 10 weeks old (he is now 10 weeks and a few days). He has been pretty good about going out and listening to the 'potty' command. Especially after naps and meals but he still pees in the house. I regulate when he drinks water (after playing, napping, etc) so I can make sure I take him out but sometimes he pees while he's drinking! I don't know how he can pee so much! I make sure I clean up really well to get rid of the scent. I know he's still a puppy but I was wondering if this is normal and if anyone has any idea how long it will take before he stops having so many accidents?! He was born in a foster home (his mother was seized when she was pregnant) and so I know he hasn't experienced very stressful situations that would make him nervous. Any tips and information would be great! Thanks!

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At ten weeks old, he can't even hold it yet. Pups aren't able to full hold their bladders until around 6 months. His accidents, while annoying, are completely normal. Just keep doing what you're doing and he should "get it" fairly soon. At his age, make sure not to scold him for going in the house. You don't want to turn his piddles into a traumatic event. Just give him a nice, firm "No" and take him outside, then wait until he goes. Every time he goes potty outside, throw a parade! Get excited and give him as much praise as you can muster. The neighbors might give you funny looks, but it'll help him understand that "YES! You're supposed to go OUTSIDE! See how excited and happy this makes me?" This is how every dog I've ever trained was dealt with and, to this day, my personal dog hasn't had an inside accident (cept that one time she was sick) since she was 4 1/2 months old. Housebreaking is a long, time-consuming process, but it's worth every bit of work you put into it, just like any training.

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I think I have been very lucky with  my girl, only ever had to clean up two puddles (when she was left 3 hours) and one poop when her tummy was off. She sleeps through the night on her own and yesterday I had to leave her for 5 hours (was supposed to be 3 but traffic issues!) and no puddles, she is 11 weeks old.

 

I think the breeder drilled it into the pups early, she took them all out every 30 min and used the phrase "get busy". When we brought her home at 8 weeks we used the same phrase. I think if you dont have one already it's a good idea to have a phrase or word and say it when you go outside and as Wolfgirl said loads of praise like he's just won the nobel peace prize when he pees/poops outside. My girl has access to water 24/7 and its not an issue for her. Make sure you are taking him outside often, every 30min-1hour worked for our girl but theyre all different and praise praise praise :) He will get it soon I'm sure. Good luck!

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Yep/// 10 weeks is still way too young to expect any real results from your little guy. Don't wait til he tells you he has to go.. he doesn't know.. has no clue.. IMMEDIATELY after eating.. whisk him out and do the pee pee dance while he's going.. ( uh hunh.. the neighbors do get amused) never scold if you catch him in the act while in the house.. once again.. he has no clue... it's almost like YOU'RE the one being house trained.

When we rescued Bella, it was every 20 mins.. night and day for a week or so... then upped it to 45.. then an hour ( yes.. night and day)

Set the alarm if you need to.. I promise it won't last long and the results are worth a few less hours sleep a night..

Don't get discouraged.. just like human babies... each dog is different.. I spoke to a gal pal of mine who struggled with this for almost a year.. at her wits end she was.... then all of a sudden...... POW.. He got it..

Good luck

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I think in the beginning we are trained to remember to keep up the consistency of helping our new little ones to understand.

My key words are peeshad for pee and chakachaka for poop. Of course they don't poop everytime they go out. I follow his lead on that and can tell by his behavior he needs to go.

Meechee learned very quickly to ring the bells when he needed to go out. The problem with that is I can't hear the bells in the other room so I need to be on my toes and take him out if I have been back there too long.

If I am in the living room I can hear them and also see him ring and sit near door.

They are very smart and learn quickly.

 

Before going out each time I would take his paw and hit the bells and say outside peesha peesha peeshad and out we go. I would say hurry hurry peesha,he relieves himself and then he gets big praises and lots of loving which he eats up.

 

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I had a terrible time house training Draco! He would pee outside, but really didn't want to poo. It became a battle of wills!  lol  He absolutely refused to let me know when he needed to go out.

I decided to spend Spring Break with him on a leash attached to the door. I hoped that he wouldn't want to poo or piddle in his "area" and would let me know when he needed out. Failed miserably.

I was becoming frustrated because he was almost four months old and still not house trained! I knew that the little guy knew what was expected, but he just wouldn't let me know at all.

Since I don't have a yard, I thought I would put him on a ie-out chain so he could come in and out at will. The noise of the chain dragging across the aluminum door stop scared him to the point that he was afraid to move (he's still afraid of chains).

Finally I bought a couple of livestock panels and made him a 5' x 20' run right out the front door (I always use the back door). He had two accidents the first day and nothing since then. He immediately started letting me know when he needed out. I don't know if he was shy, independent, or stubborn!  lol  But as soon as I met his "demands" I've had no issues with his house training at all.

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Great thinking Sabrina.

You think maybe he just didn't like the back door? Maybe something was back there he was afraid of? I am so curious if you ever figure it out please share.

Any way grreat thinking and so glad you found a solution.

Meechee is 11 weeks so I have a ways to go. Very few accidents and I blame myself when there are. Glad he is very insistent on staying out when he has to chakachaka.