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puppy peeing too much?

My almost 6 month old pup was doing better with her housebreaking, was going a few days between accidents, then this past week she's had multiple accidents every day. Last night I got home from obedience class at 8pm and didn't immediately take her out and she had a huge pee on the floor (my fault because she probaby really needed to go out). I put her outside and cleaned up. Then not a half hour later she did it again, and an hour later I found another large puddle on the floor. I didn't notice her drinking a lot, but the water bowl is in the kitchen and I was in the living room.

Should I start withholding water in the evening? Is this normal to pee this much? Is it normal to regress suddenly with housebreaking? Should I take her to the vet? If the vet wants a urine sample how the heck to I get that from a small dog that pees so close to the ground!
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Dogs do have regressive phases and they can be over as quickly as they began. Just in case I would take her in to check for a urinary tract infection. I don't know if they require samples from you, but they will be able to tell you how to get one if they do.

My 6 month old went through a phase where it was the opposite - she didn't pee at all for what seemed like a couple days. I couldn't figure out if she'd found a spot in the house I didn't know about (if she did, I still haven't found it ), or if she had an infection or even kidney failure - it is easy to imagine the worst! But after a couple days she was back to normal. Then she had a couple of days where she pooped a number of times on the hall rug and in the back bedroom. Hasn't happened since, just those several days. I don't know if she was just feeling out of sorts or was "testing," but in either case she was back to her reliable self soon enough.
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Yes, it's common for puppies to have periods of regression, not only in house training, but in ALL kinds of training. (and not only puppies... It happens with adult dogs too, during training). The best thing to do in these instances is to take a few steps back, to a level where the puppy CAN be successful (this usually means less freedom and more supervision) for a while. They usually come around again quickly.

I know some people withhold water in the evening. I do not believe in withholding clean, fresh water from ANY animal at any time unless needed for medical reasons. It just goes against everything I have ever been taught about animal husbandry.


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