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Unhappy Accidents at 7 months with bell and crate training success

Hello - I have a puppy that is very nearly 7 months old, and has much success trick training, crate training (he slept through the night at 10 weeks) and will ring chimes to go outside.

The problem is that he wants to go out about once an hour to pee (more often if he's drinking more or eating). I try to extend the time a little and if I don't take him out when he chimes, he'll pee inside. He is crated while I'm at work with a dog walker taking him out at lunchtime. He does fine then, so I know he can hold it. When he goes out often, he does not pee all that much.

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That's why it can help to keep the dog on a leash and doing no more than
circle in one spot until the problem is solved . Praise and reward when he actually does go but not if he just wants to play. If you ignore the bell and don't take him out ,you are looking for accidents. If this continues , check with the vet ,maybe it could be a urinary problem.?

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My best guess....and I am no expert. Is he marking territory?

What about a bladder infection? People urinate more often and frequently with bladder infections.

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Maybe I wasn't clear... It seems like an awful lot for a 7 month old to go out every hour. I am not sure what the leash reference is to... I do keep him on a leash and he does go outside fine.

And you do have to ignore the chimes sometimes because otherwise you'll take him out every 30 seconds.
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yeah Dan the reason to take him out on leash is to eliminate the times he just wants to play or what ever. Going out to do this is self rewading. Our Molly would ring the bell just to do this. But if he is urinating every time ,he could have a urinary problem. You might want to get him checked out.

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When Tucker was young I took him out every time the bells rang. I think you'll be teaching your little guy that the bells aren't reliable and it is an option if you don't let him out every time he rings. I know it was annoying for awhile when Tucker figured out the bells, but so worth it. He did start slowing down after the novelty wore off. Tucker will still ring them if he's bored and wants to go see if anything more interesting is going on outside. He'll also ring to let the cat inside. Ha! What a gentleman! If you don't have the time or the pup has plain worn out your patience, I'd put him in the crate if you don't let him out.

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I do always take him out on a leash (I live in a condo) and he really does pee often (just little amounts) so I will have the vet check him out... Thanks
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When Tucker was young I took him out every time the bells rang. I think you'll be teaching your little guy that the bells aren't reliable and it is an option if you don't let him out every time he rings. I know it was annoying for awhile when Tucker figured out the bells, but so worth it. He did start slowing down after the novelty wore off. Tucker will still ring them if he's bored and wants to go see if anything more interesting is going on outside. He'll also ring to let the cat inside. Ha! What a gentleman! If you don't have the time or the pup has plain worn out your patience, I'd put him in the crate if you don't let him out.
My Xander is very smart and will ring more than once if he really has to go and I'm questioning it. I'm just trying to get him to extend the time between breaks.
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Yeah, the vet might be a good idea if he's really going just a bit, but each time he goes out!
They are smart little guys!

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Yeah, the vet might be a good idea if he's really going just a bit, but each time he goes out!
They are smart little guys!
Yeah, no wonder they were circus dogs. Xander learns most tricks in five minutes except for "Bang!" which took about a week, and I think it's because it's complicated and has him going on his back.
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