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All had been going very well with house training until just recently, at about 5 1/2 months, Goldie won't pee outside when we take her out. In the past, her schedule was that she'd go outside at around 7:00 am (pee and poop) and then we'd take her out about every 3 hours until 9:30 or 10pm. Today for example, she hasn't peed for the past 8 hours. This has happened on several different occasions in the past week. We try to then put her in her crate for 10-15 minutes and try again outside. Again, won't go. Crate another 10-15 mins, outside again, etc. I say that we "try" to put her in her crate and take her out again because it's just really hard to let the house training dictate our schedule at this point. If I need to be somewhere at noon I don't have the luxury of being able to take her out 4-5 times in the hour before. Sometimes she will then have an accident in the kitchen but usually she just holds it.
She doesn't really give us signs that she needs to go; we've just been trying to take her out on a schedule. So maybe she doesn't need to go? Do puppies of this age typically hold it for 6-7 hours during the day?
Some other info: she almost always holds it all night from 10-7. When we're outside in the yard she's easily distracted by small twigs, min acorns, tufts of grass, etc. There is no way for us to eliminate these things - the yard is covered with them. But I wonder if she's just too distracted to focus on what she's supposed to do out there.
Any thoughts on what could be going on? She's eating and sleeping normally and seems otherwise healthy.