I'm so frustrated with my puppy that I just want to cry! He's 12 weeks old and pees in his crate whenever I go anywhere. He's fine all night sleeping in his crate. He might wake up once and bark or whine, we'll take him out to pee/poop and he goes outside to do his business. Bring him back in, he'll go right back to his crate and go back to sleep. He's having pee accidents out of his crate as well, but ONLY during the day. He doesn't ask to go out at all, unless its barking/whining to get out of his crate during the night. I feel like I have to take him out every 15 mins during the day just 'in case' so that he wont pee on the floor somewhere. Everyone told me that they wont pee where they sleep, but I was gone for not even an hr and a half this morning, came home and he was laying in his pee. He did this on Tuesday as well (today is Thurs) and I was gone the same amount of time. He pees and poops right before I leave. I'm so frustrated. My children are already attached to the puppy...we love him, but my patience is running out. I can't even leave to go to the food store without coming home to a mess. :(
Your puppy is only 12 weeks old...you need to give it some time. It is way too soon to expect perfection in potty training and it will require a bit more vigilance on your part. Like kids, all puppies vary in how quickly they learn.... it takes a lot of consistency before you can expect reliability.
To avoid setting the pup up for failure while outside of it's crate, try tethering to you. That way you can catch an accident and correct it before it happens. Even one accident while loose in the house can creat confusion to the pup and set your training back to zero....
If you can't keep an eye on your pup for whatever reason, it should be in it's crate... then you can avoid any accidents in the house.
As for these daytime crate incidents, it may be a case of anxiety. Puppies are used to mom, littermates, etc. and now you fill that role.... when you leave, the pup may become anxious and potty... make sure the pup goes out and potties before being put up while you leave. Look into an interactive toy, bone or treat ball to give your pup something to do while your away. A busy pup is less likely to be anxious or have accidents.