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: 1382 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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Apr 24, 2012

ousetraining Mistake #1: Overestimating Capacity
One common mistake, especially when housetraining a puppy, is to overestimate carrying capacity. Maybe this mistake arises because puppies are often able to sleep through the night from a surprisingly young age. If he can hold it for eight hours at night, you ask yourself sadly as you clean up, why can’t he hold it for four hours during the day? The answer is that overnight there’s less input -- therefore less outgo. In addition, the body produces urine and feces more slowly during sleep.
For daytime, an old rule of thumb is that a puppy well along in his housetraining can, if necessary, hold it for a number of hours equal to his age in months, plus 1. But some reliable sources disagree; the San Francisco SPCA’s housetraining tip sheet gives a maximum of 3 hours for a 4-month-old pup. So err on the side of caution -- better to have frequent potty breaks and no accidents. The muscles that enable us and our dogs to hold in urine and stool grow stronger gradually, like any other muscle. The puppy must also be empty, tired, and sleepy before you start the clock. Crate him to encourage him to hang on a bit if he does feel the urge. Finally, don’t make a habit of asking your puppy for that “maximum hold.” Five hours is about as long as an adult dog should routinely have to wait.
How Many Toilet Breaks Are Enough for Dogs?
If you’re just starting to housetrain, or if you need to make up lost ground, expect to take your puppy out often. Once every waking hour is typical for a complete newbie. For every week of success, you can generally add another half hour. When the pup is empty, give him a few minutes of freedom in the room with you; then put him in his crate or pen, or tether him, till his next toilet break. He’ll try to avoid soiling his resting place and in the process will develop the muscles that enable him to control elimination.
Even when you think your pup is empty, watch closely for signs that he needs to go: restlessness, circling, and sniffing the ground are three biggies. Puppies also eliminate about 15 minutes after they eat or drink and as soon as they wake up. Active play and chewing stimulate elimination, so keep a sharp eye on a pup who’s doing either.
Housetraining Mistake # 2: Walking Your Trainee
A second common way to mess up housetraining your puppy or dog is to walk her when she needs to pee or poop. And walk her, and walk her, and then turn right around and go home as soon as she delivers. The lesson is, “My little outing ends the minute I pee and poop, so I’m hanging on as long as I can.” Pretty soon “as long as I can” means “until my person gives up and takes me home.” Behold the puppy who goes on lockdown during walks but drops a bomb in the living room two seconds after the front door closes.
It’s easy to avoid teaching this lesson and, as usual, a bit more work to undo it. Either way, the trick is to make your puppy’s walk a reward for eliminating. Bring the puppy on leash to your chosen elimination spot and just stand there. Do nothing, say nothing. Give the puppy 2 or 3 minutes to eliminate. If she does, praise her warmly and take her for a walk. If she doesn’t, just bring her back inside without comment, and crate her or keep her on leash next to you. Ten to 15 minutes later, bring her outside and try again. Sooner or later she’ll pee and/or poop and earn her walk reward. Result: she learns to evacuate her bladder and bowels as soon as she’s outside, because that’s how she gets walks. By the way, prompt elimination is a convenient habit for rainy days.







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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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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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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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Apr 18, 2012

Most dogs don't like crates but as of right now she is just a 9 week old puppy she doesn't know any better yet potty training takes time and effort I have never heard of a puppy being potty trained at 9 weeks old what you can do is put some puppy pads in the crate or get a pin put it up in the house and put down some potty pads or a litter box with pellets and usaully they know to use the box or pads to go potty on their own good luck!

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