Our puppy is about 14 weeks old. We have followed all of the practices suggested in these forums for house training, but he still has trouble with urination accidents. He goes all night long in his crate no problem. During the day, it seems like if the urge hits him, he is peeing. He wont pee in his crate, but he does pee in his kenneled area of the kitchen or anywhere else if he is out of his kenneled area. We clean up all messes with Odoban, and keep a fresh piece of heavy visquine under his kenneled area that we change every day or two to keep it smelling clean.
He has made tons of progress in all areas of behavior except this one. He almost never goes poop inside. We have taken him to the vet with our concerns and he doesnt appear to have a uti.
He also doesnt really ever let us know when he needs to go out. We can keep accidents away by taking him out every hour, but after 6 weeks it seems like he should be getting it better.
We are going to try the bell and see how that goes. Are there any other suggestions? Are we asking too much of him too soon? I hate to leave him in his crate most of the day, but it seems like any time he is out for more than 15 minutes after going outside, hes a risk for an accident.
when he is having accidents, what are you the humans doing? as you watching him? You need to supervise. tether him to you if you must to be able to watch him. Get him outside more oftne during the day.
He needs to go outside more often when he is up and moving. so while he can hold it in when he is crated or when he is sleeping, that doesn't mean he can go very long when awake and moving.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I agree with Tanya that he needs to go out more often.
I remember reading that dogs don't develop full physical urinary control until around 16 weeks. Before that, as soon as they need to pee they do. By taking them out more often you're ensuring that their bladder doesn't get full enough that they feel the need to pee while they are inside.
Stick with it and in a few more weeks you should notice some improvement.
What really turned the corner for us was catching Molly in the act. A couple times of being caught mid-stream really sealed the deal for us. She already was looking for her treat after going outside. I can tell you that at 14 weeks she still was not potty-trained. I would say 16 weeks she was really very good, and she started sitting at the door when she needed to go at about 18 weeks. If he isn't going in the crate, I think you are still in good shape.
I've never seen a dog or puppy that did not have some change in body language/posture when they were about to pee or poop. You need to watch him very closely and you will start to recognize that change. When you see it, snatch him up and bring him out. When you do this consistently, you will be on the way to helping him make the connection.
The less vigilant about watching him indoors, the longer it takes to housetrain a puppy. You have to create the inhibition towards peeing indoors, it is not going to occur naturally (the way it does in a crate). He has to learn to extend the idea of "Kennel" to the whole house.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Agreed with others, watch pup closely and if you can't in the crate he goes. It won't take long for him to catch on. Tell tale signs often are pup just giving a different look that you learn to recognize and especially if he starts sniffing the ground. It will come.
Your pup is too small to be doing things with perfection. Let him take his own time. Take him out often and have a watchful eye on him to avoid accidents. Carry a dog pooper scooper with you while taking him for a walk. This will reduce your strain in cleaning up poop.