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Not sure to post this here or in the potty area. Ok here it goes. Bella is almost 15 weeks old and has been doing great on potty training but since we got her at 8 weeks I noticed that she has been trying to turn around and drink her pee right after she goes the only way I try to stop that is to stand right next to her when she goes and if she tries to lick it tell her no and pick her up then bring her back in the house. That was working or at least so I thought. Now recently I have noticed that she is wetting her bed at night, she is crated at night and was doing good at first. As soon as I hear her, I jump up and take her out but sometimes before I get to her I notice that she had already peed and is not fresh its like maybe it leaked and she licked it up. So I thought ok maybe, just maybe I didn't hear her whine to go out so I have been picking up her water bowl at about 8pm she goes for her last potty around 10 to 1030pm then usually wakes at 7am I purposely got up at 5 to wake her up to go and low and behold she peed in her kennel on her blanket and didn't even care she is not waking up to go. I didn't think dogs liked to sleep where they pee, do you think she is purposely peeing to lick it up or do some dogs just sometimes wet the bed. I heard large breeds can do that in their deep sleep after they are fixed can this be possible for her to. Its only at night not during naps. I have never scolded her when she had an accident in the house cause if she did it was not her fault but mine for not paying attention to her so I don't think she is trying to hide it, should I not crate her at night I do not think she is 100% potty trained yet, she does love her crate she knows that is where she sleeps at night, during the day I leave it open so she can go in there if she wants to without closing the door and she will nap in there as well. Im afraid to put her in there without the blanket cause at least that is soaking up the urine and she can't lick it all up, either way its gross, any suggestions would help. Thank you. She sees her vet in a few weeks and I will talk to him again but in the meantime im hoping to get some advise. Thank you,

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A couple of questions - how old is Bella now, and how long have you had her?

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Bella is almost 15 weeks old we got her when she was just over 8weeks, and actually 6 weeks ago today she just started with the peeing in the crate over the last 2 to 2 1/2weeks ago. Se doesn't do it every night.
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Never heard of the pee licking issue, only poop eating (which Mig shamefully occasionally partakes in). In my opinion there is nothing wrong with crating her all night. Is her crate too large? Sometimes it can be large enough for her to pee in a corner of it, then go to her sleeping area. They usually give you a divider to compensate until she grows because dogs do not like to sleep where they relieve themselves. At 15 weeks she should be able to hold it from 10pm until 7am, but she is still pretty young and learning the ropes. I would put her in the crate with a blanket (even if it's a freshly washed different one every night), let her sleep until 7 and take her out immediately and praise her like crazy. I think over time she'll forgo peeing in her crate. It can take a while sometimes until they fully catch on. The only other thing I think worth mentioning is maybe ruling out a urinary tract infection-probably not-but just a thought. Potty training can be exhausting, that's for sure.

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Bella is almost 15 weeks old we got her when she was just over 8weeks, and actually 6 weeks ago today she just started with the peeing in the crate over the last 2 to 2 1/2weeks ago. Se doesn't do it every night.
They can and do go backwards in their training...good that she doesn't do it every night.

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Okay, so Bella is still VERY young. Do you keep a journal, or kind of daily diary? Doing that can be a fabulous help in detecting various stresses, and also, even as information to lean on when you go to the vet. I kept some kinds of journals for most of my dogs, most intensively, with my diabetic Australian Terrier Kumbi (who died of cancer, about 1.5 years ago).

Do you have a fairly regular dailiy routine with Bella? If you do, that's always a big advantage for the dog.

Dogs can be "strange" about stuff like eating their poop - here, licking the pee.

It's not unusual for small dogs in particular, to take quite a while to house-train. Taking Bella out every couple of hours should help. You probably know all the usual suggested house-training methods.

It IS true that house-training can be very tiring for us humans. I had to house-train Camellia, though she was already 3.5 YEARS old when she became my dog. The stresses she faced with change of home, and the fact that she was suffering from trauma when she became my dog, was probably what caused a need to re-train her. It took me four months to do it.

So I wouldn't be WORRIED about it; just keep working on it.

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Hi Pixiesmom, thank you for your reply. Her crate is not too big for her but big enough for her to sleep and stretch her legs out while lying down. When she pees she pees right on the blanket like on the part she lying on. Maybe she needs more time, as for praises she gets a whole lot when she wakes up with a clean blanket.lol she looks at me like I'm crazy but hey thats one less blanket I have to wash...well more time and lots more praises hopefully this stage will pass.
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It will pass, just be consistent and she'll catch on. My dogs liked little treats when they pottied, like a green bean or cheerio. Just make it absolutely fabulous for her when she does it correctly.

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Thank you Carolwcamelo, I will start journaling her days and evenings to see if their are any stresses, as for her routine, yes we are on a regular routine with the kids going to school we are up everyday at 7am. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Kumbi. That must have been hard.
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how often is she going pee?? could it be an infection or something or solely a housebreaking issue??

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