I'm probably crazy but i'll ask anyways...

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I have a 10wk old male dobie named...Dozer. A very sweet, fast learning boy. Has never had an accident in his crate, even held it yesterday for 5hrs. The problem I have is when he is out of his crate. It seems like he can only hold it for 20mins to 30mins. when he is playing in the kitchen out of his crate.... Is this normal??

He does really well when we do go "potty" outside. Dozer knows that he is supposed to pee and poop outside. Btw he has never (knock on wood) pooped in the house, it has just been pee.

Just wondering why he does so well holding it inside his crate (up to 5hrs.) but can't go very long when out and about. And when he is in a hard play with our shepherd, it seems like I need to take him out every 15mins.

Again is this normal??

thanks for any help :)

Kim

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I would say it is normal! Been taking out Dexter after each nap, playtime, meal and when he drinks. He is 13 weeks old now and I still take him out every 2 hours, except at night. I get to sleep between midnight and 6am. He is now good at letting us know (rings a bell) but still 'dribbles' once in a while when we are not fast enough! I do not expect him to be perfect till he is at least 5-6 months old! After your puppy has an accident, you still have to take him outside!!! Don't scold him or punish him in any way! Praise him like crazy when he goes outside!!! I try to clean up every accident as emotionless as I can... Doberkids are smart, and once old enough, he will know what upsets you and most likely use it against you :)

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DextersMom said everything! It's perfectly normal for a puppy to not be able to hold in their pee when all this excitement is happening around them, so take him out every time he's done playing, napping and eating and there will barely be any accidents. Don't scold since he doesn't know any better :P

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No, I never scold him for having the accident. I do take him out as soon as I catch him in the act (I tell him a firm "no" then take him directly outside and he usually finishes there). But when I don't catch him and find the puddle, I take him out, ignoring the incident and clean it up when I get back in the house. Thankfully he is still litte enough that it's a small amount :)

Thanks for your comments. It's been 15 years since I trained a puppy, and my last one was a doberman, Mason (RIP). Love this site!! Everyone is so helpful and friendly!!!

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Hi Dozer's Mom,

I have a 16wk old female puppy Zoe and she doesn't so much do excited pees anymore, so much as, she likes to pee in front of me while I'm busy doing something else...like using the bathroom myself, quite funny, but incredibly annoying since I just had her out and I was the one having to hold it!

I do take her out after playtime and meal time and can most times catch her poop dance.  She has been listening when my husband and I say, "Outside", she will go to the door.  Since it's been cold out, she will do her thing, usally both outside and want to come back in to play, so the weather has been helping with potty training.

However, I chatted with Kim, Lib's mommy, and she said that when Lib was a pup it was very difficulty potty training.  She said it could be a high protein diet and after some research I found that more protein in the diet causes the kidneys to work harder and faster, probably causing the unusual amounts of pee!!!

I have since cut back some on her protein and I have seen some improvements (food for thought, lol)

And it's definitely a small world out there because my name is Kim, as well, and my husbands first doby was a male named Dozier....crazy, huh

 

Your little guy is a cutie and looks to be built with strength and stealth...Good Luck!

~Kim and Zoe

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Hi Kim and Zoe!

Thanks for the post! Dozer seems to be doing quite better with holding his pee during the time he is out of his crate. About 2 weeks ago it seemed like I was taking him out every 20 mins to avoid an accident. Now we are up to at least an hour. He may be able to go longer, but I take him out every hour if he is playing hard. If he's just chill'n I let him go a bit longer.

We haven't started training him to let us know when he needs out (we probably really should) but I'm sure it will come naturally as it did with my last dobie, Mason. She was about 5-6 mos old and started barking when she needed to go "outside".

As it has been cold here too (I live in Ohio) I think the potty training has been going quicker too. Dozer does not like to be outside too long, so he ALWAYS does his business and wants to come back in!! No dilly dallying for him :) Makes for a happy mom!

That is so crazy that your hubs first dobie was named Dozier, what are the chances!!

Zoe is just adorable!! I'll have to post some new pics of Dozer. We took him last Saturday (2/10/12) to Petsmart for the first time, and he had a ball!! He was so excited that he picked out his own toy, paraded around the store showing everyone. He's a ham like his daddy!! (my husband)

Good luck with Zoe, she looks like a stunning young lady :)