Kuma's almost 2 now and he's always had this share of accidents. It's pretty hit-and-miss with him in terms of if he'll hold his pee long enough to go outside. If he drinks about a cup, a cup and a half of water, he can maybe hold it in for 2 hours before he starts peeing in the house, unless I take him out, whichever comes first. But sometimes he'll just pee in the house if he's had about half a cup or less than that, in about an hour, an hour and a half. He weighs about 16lbs and I don't know if his size correlates to the amount he's drank/how long he should be able to hold it. I can't be taking him out every hour on the hour, and I don't know how I can make him realize that he has to hold his pee in and not go everytime he feels a small urge to.
I don't know. He's been through crate training but I feel like he's regressing a lot. Could it be because I've relocated recently? I don't suspect UTI because he's fine when he's crated. If he starts peeing in the house, I can never say "NO" and stop him/pick him up because if I pick him up or startle him, he'll end up drizzling pee all over the carpet and I'd just rather him finish in one spot. Should I give him a treat whenever he pees outside? Should I put him on a more stringent crating schedule?
Once dogs are out of puppy stage, there is no excuse for peeing in the house... in my house anyway. (Unless theres a problem of course). I don't care if they drink a gallon of water, go outside.
I'd regress right along with him and treat him like a new puppy. Crate him, only take him out to potty, eat, and a couple play times a day, etc. Take him to pee out after eating, drinking, waking up, and playing. Tell him to "go potty" and when he does treat him. Make him walk to the door, don't carry him. Etc etc. Basically, retrain him.
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I think personally that if you really want him housetrained, you have to be willing to clean up bigger messes when he drizzles in the house. It's more of a mess initially but think about it... is it more of a mess for him to do this a few times, or for him to keep wizzing at will wherever he wants? If you need to, keep a towel handy and when you startle him with a sudden "NO!" when he starts going, quickly pick him up and tuck the towel in under his belly so he's peeing on it instead of the floor. You really MUST interrupt him, let him know immediately that it is very very bad to pee in the house every single time and you have to be willing/able to catch him every single time.
I think that because you are letting him finish to save yourself a cleanup, he's thinking it's ok. I would never tolerate a dog peeing at will in the house after 6 months old, if he can hold it in the crate for more than 3 hours, then he can most definitely hold it everywhere else for the same amount of time. He apparently sees his crate as the den, but not your entire house. He should see your entire house as the den, that's how good housetraining works.
Back to basics for potty training. KEep him on a leash at all times, when you catch him, pick him up immediately (with the towel handy) to take him outside. Let him know you are mad with him, refuse to pet him or play with him outside until he goes, and keep him outside until he goes. When he does finally go, treat and reward him with a fun play session so he knows you are pleased and such.
Is he neutered, I totally can't even remmeber.
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If he isn't neutered, definitely do that. It could be a marking territory problem as well as a houstraining one. Smaller dogs often tend to mark more than larger dogs (obviously not true in all cases, but in quite a few). Definitely do not let him finish before you clean it up. This is something you cannot let him get away with. Like everyone else said before, go back to the beginning of training and start over. He should easily be able to hold it. Good luck!! :)
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Geez, I'm always interrupted when trying to post to this thread.
Anyway, *sorry to throw my own question in the mix* Pebbles of course isn't an adult now, and I know it sometimes takes the smaller breeds a little longer, but any ideas when I should expect her to hold herself? She does really well in the crate while I'm working. She's mostly good running around at home, but she still needs to go very often. It's still my hope to someday give her free reign of the house while I'm away, but am I reaching too far?
Like I said, I know she's still a pup and we're a long ways away from that, but I can always dream,right?