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Q: We have a 9 week old dacshund puppy who when in her crate for 4 hrs. pees in it.

April 18, 2012 | By Pattyv | 5 answers | Expired: 881 days ago

How do we get her to stop. When we are home she is fine. We take her out and she pees immediately. When we go to work we crate her and when I come home at lunch I see she had an accident. She want to drink as soon as I let her out and then she does not pee outside before I have to leave again. Any suggestions?

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Kelly
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Apr 19, 2012

A 9-week-old puppy doesn't have control of their sphincter muscles to allow them to hold their urine. That doesn't happen until after 12 weeks of age. Puppies need to urinate at least 6 times a day, sometimes more. Patience is key. Take your puppy out often. Use the command "potty" and praise her when she goes outside. Don't yell at her or punish her when she goes inside. Puppies are going to have accidents. Besides, if you scold after the fact, the puppy is not going to relate her going inside with the scolding. When you catch her in the act, say a firm "No!", pick her up, take her outside, and say "potty" in a very happy, encouraging way. Then praise her when she goes. You've got to catch her in the act to make her understand and relate what she is doing with your disapproval. You don't have to yell, you don't have to spank, a firm "No!" in a disapproving tone, followed by picking her up and taking her outside with the happy command to "potty" is enough for her to eventually make that connection. Dogs want to please us, so she'll be happy to try. Right now she's just too young to hold it that long. Use an enzymatic cleaner to clean all inside spots, otherwise it will be harder to train her if she can smell the scent of urine. Only an enzyme cleaner will destroy the scent. Even if you can't smell it, she probably can since her nose is so much more sensitive. Crate training is an excellent way to train dogs, but remember that puppies can't be left in a crate for long periods of time without urinating in the crate. Even adult dogs shouldn't be crated for more than 8 hours without a break. If you use the crate correctly, it will become a safe place for your dog. Mine go to their crates when they're ready to go to bed or when they're frightened. If you keep them in the crate all day and again while you're sleeping, you will create a miserable and destructive dog though. Crates are for training and for the dog's safety and security while it is learning. If you have to leave her and can't take her outside every 4 hours at the most, you need to put her in a room with pee pads on one end and food, water, and toys on the other. Dogs don't like to pee where they sleep, but crating her too long forces her to. Be patient. Usually it takes 3-4 months of consistent training and routines for a puppy to be completely housebroken and that's after they're actually old enough to be able to do it. Your puppy isn't even physically mature enough to be able to do what you expect of her. Develop a routine. Take her outside every 2-4 hours, tell her to "potty" in a happy, encouraging voice, praise her when she does. Keep to the routine and don't change it. The puppy needs to go outside as soon as she wakes up...don't wait a few minutes or play with her for a while because her bladder is small and will be full and she may pee just out of excitement or because she is not physically capable of holding it. Take her out after she eats, including breakfast even though you may have just taken her out before feeding her. She should be given a potty break after playtime too. She needs to go out every 2-4 hours throughout the day, typically around 7-8 times a day. She needs to be taken outside right before bedtime. Puppies that are younger than 4-months-old usually need at least one nighttime potty break too.

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Jillian
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Apr 19, 2012

If you're having trouble getting her to pee before you leave, try jogging with her to stimulate her bladder. The second you get home pick her up out of the crate and carry her outside. As she gets older, her bladder will strengthen and the need for carrying her will go away {and once she reaches that age you'll want to stop carrying her for everything so she doesn't develop insecurities}, but for now you want to make sure she's really trying to hold it in if she can.

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Kelly
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Apr 19, 2012

I forgot to tell you to stay with her when she's outside so that you can encourage her and make sure she goes potty. Try to keep her on task, only letting her play and explore after she goes.

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