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Out to potty ? times each day?

Hi to all, I started this new thread cause we are still having a few issues with Barney's potty habits...I take him out every 2 hours or so each day because he was having accidents in the house (at age 2) every so often, like every other week or so, he would just pee in the house, and instead of blaming him, I decided it was MY problem and I needed to be more observant.

Then, the other night, he got down from our bed (second time in the week) and we found a "surprise" of a puddle in the morning in the kitchen. I am going to take a urine sample to our vet as soon as I can get one to check for a possible infection...but wonder if maybe I am taking him out too many times each day, or if this is just part of having a small dog. We miss him in our bed!

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Marge,
I would start keeping him in the crate at night (I know you will miss him) but if he does not have an infection, his bladder needs to learn how to hold it. If he sleeps thru the night in the crate for about a month straight, I bet you will start to see less accidents & could probably get him back to bed with you. every 2 hours is excessive for that age and you might just be teaching him that he doesnt need to learn to hold it. If you see him peeing in the house, I would yell at him loudly!! Make him understand that you dont like that. Good Luck. Personally I found the crate to be a fabulous potty training tool!
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Perhaps you want to try closing your bedroom door at night. Does he know to scratch at the door when he wants to go outside? Brady will jump off the bed and scratch at our bedroom door if he has to go outside (very rarely). He is used to using poochie bells, so he knows to knock on the door. He also doesn't have full run of the house, we limit him to our kitchen and den during the day, and then our bedroom at night. Just a few thoughts.

Brady does go out every few hours during the day. We take him out when he rings the bells, before we go out anywhere, and before he goes to bed.


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Marge, I would most definately try to eliminate any medical cause for it. If Barney is otherwise healthy, then I would have to back track a little and most likely use the crate. Oreo is 7 months old and I take him out at 6AM - long walk and potty. 11AM potty. 3:30-3:45 my son takes him out when he gets home from school. 7:30pm after dinner potty. Then 10-10:30 final potty and bed. Unless he is ill, he will let me know and try to hold it until we get out. But at this point he should be able to hold it for more than a couple of hours. Hope it all goes well at the vet appointment.

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Hi Marge,

I have Sammy who is a camel and can hold his pee in for hours and hours it seems. I had never known that before we got him at 7.5 months. Ricky, who we had from 9 weeks, would go all day long it seemed! They are the same age, only two weeks apart, but we still see that Sammy doesn't need to go as often as Ricky does (and he's the smaller sized pup of the two!).

We aren't as disciplined as Helen (and maybe we should be) as I'm up and down often during the day to open the patio door for the dogs. They go out to play many times/day so during some of those times, they will pee/poop. I don't really know how often it happens except for on rainy days where they are usually only asking for the door for that reason. No playing outside on those days!

Using the crate at night is a good start, though I don't know if Barney will be too thrilled about it.

Great suggestions so far. Hope Barney is o.k. and it's just a habit thing. Habits can be changed. It just might take a bit of time and patience. Good luck!




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Thank you

Thank you so much for your thoughts on our situation....I will have Barney's urine tested within the next few days and will also try to lengthen his time between potty times outside...he loves to be outside and since we have a rather short summer season here in MN, we try to be outside too!

I guess it is crate time for Mr. B at night...till we know for sure if it is an infection or problem or just wanting to pee!!!!!

It sure is interesting to hear what everyone else is experiencing.

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Marge, also take into consideration that like a kid who wakes up many times at night, pup may also. If you take he out every time he wakes he is getting Mommy or Daddy time - he just pees cause he figures he is there. I know how much you will miss him in your bed, but I bet the crate at night for about a month will solve it (as long as he is not sick).
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Marge checking him out is the best thing to rule out any issues. And if he is found to not have issues start of gradually. Maybe in 30 min increments to get him to used to it. They do learn and he will. Just keep persevering and he will get it.

Marj, I am kind of forced to do it as I live in a condo. I am sure that when we move into a home I am sure Oreo will be just as eager to get on out and play. They are such smart little ones

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So Helen, when you get out the condo (which I was in for 14 years) before finally getting my house 9 years ago. -- will you develope MHS at that time??
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Actually Laurie, I have MHS, but it is hubby that needs to catch it also Funny thing you mention this is because hubby the other night simply blurted out ".....Hav # 2...." with a smile on his face. I confronted him about it last night and he said "Well, I 'know" you want another one" - also with a smile on his face.... So, I am hoping before Oreo turns one. Send your good vibes and visualizations my way please...

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