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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-20-2016, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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We have had our beautiful Maggie for almost 3 weeks now and I've been so incredibly proud of her so far. She has been really good with the potty routine and I've given her probably a little more freedom that I should have.

We let her hang out on the main floor of our home, and she has been very good at going to the rear sliding doors letting us know when she needs to go potty. She is only allowed upstairs right after going outside and is closely supervised while there.

Today has been a bit of a mystery, she had 3 pee accidents on the kitchen floor near the sliding door. We didn't see her do them, we just noticed minutes after they happened. Prior to today, she has had maybe 3 similar incidents in the same area. She has never peed an any other area of the house, just the kitchen floor near the door.

We have been very diligent cleaning up with the natures miracle de-scent spray.

I'm not sure what to make of this. She knows not to pee anywhere else, she will leave whatever room she is in and go to the kitchen but if we aren't quick enough to see her go there or aren't watching her at that precise moment, she will go right there on the kitchen floor.

The sleeps in her crate at night and has no problem going 7-8 hrs without having any accidents. When she is taken from her crate in the morning, she will quickly do her business outside.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I think a puppy this age needs eyes on them at all times unless they are confined to a crate or an expen. She obviously knows the door you use to take her outside, but if you aren't noticing her going there she is just going to potty there. She is too young to give you a reliable sign that she needs to go out. It is up to you to just take her out frequently and also watch her for any signs she might need to go. Too much freedom too soon is a big mistake when trying to potty train. Every potty accident she is allowed to have in the house is one step backwards as far as her training goes. Every time Molly had an accident in the house it was usually my fault because I failed to get her out when I should have. If she continues to have multiple accidents per day you might want to have her checked for a possible UTI.
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Puppies need constant monitoring when they are so young. Scout never had accidents, but we made sure he went out every two hour for a few months. He always slept though the night. We were not as disciplined with Truffles and Stanley Steamer even offered a special to us because they were here so often. It really was are fault it took so long for her to be potty trained. I would take Maggie out as soon as you see her heading for the sliding door. She is still so small and probably cannot wait to go.

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I copied and pasted this part: "We didn't see her do them, we just noticed minutes after they happened."


All little puppies need to be in a small area, that they are successful in, when you can't watch them all the time. The "all the time" is the important concept here.


It sounds like she was trying her best, being close to the door.
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Thank you all for the replies and words of wisdom. We are totally aware that her mistakes are because of our mistakes not being attentive to her signals to go out.

I've even installed a motion detector in the doorway to the kitchen that chimes when she walks in there, just so we don't miss her again.

She has been awesome so far, I guess we dropped the ball a few times today ....
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What a great idea!

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Hi, we've had Mochi for 15 weeks and I know she isn't house trained yet. We watch her all the time, and crate her when we can't. She has never had an accident in her crate and she sleeps through the night. We watch for signs and take her out usually an hour to two hours when she's not sleeping. We'll just be doing this till she's older. She's just got her 3rd shot, so now we'll be going out the front door soon, so we can put a bell there.
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I've even installed a motion detector in the doorway to the kitchen that chimes when she walks in there, just so we don't miss her again.
Great idea.
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