I have a 7 month old cockapoo puppy who is having some house training problems. All in all, he is pretty much potty trained, I have even taught him to ring a bell when he needs to go out (he learned that in a day) yet every once and a while, he will still have an accident in the house. I can't figure out what is going on, but it almost seems like he all the sudden realizes he can no longer hold it and then just squats on the floor because he doesn't have time to get to the door.
For example, today I took him outside and then gave him a bath. It couldn't have been more than 30 minutes to an hour after he had peed when he went bolting out of the bathroom and peed on the couch. So I took him outside again, he went potty and then 15 minutes later peed on the floor again.
Does this mean he has bladder control problems or could it just be that he is still young? It doesn't happen often, but when it does it is very frustrating. Can anyone help?
He does still seem young which could be part of the problem, but I would take him to, or at least call, the vet and ask. He could possibly have a bladder/kidney infection that would have to be taken care of asap. (09/08/2005)
Could be a urinary tract infection, or could be the beginning of a male pattern of "marking". Now that he's old enough, having him neutered may help. He should be neutered anyway due to pet overpopulation! (09/08/2005)
He is very young and will have small accidents because his bladder is not as large to hold it for very long. Patience and rewards when he does do his business outside. Patience is the best key and repetition of going outside often. (09/09/2005)
Thank you for all of the feedback. I did actually have him neutered about three and a half weeks ago. I know that they have a lot of accidents afterwards due to hormonal changes etc but thought it would only last about two weeks at most. Could that be part of the problem?
(the dog's name is Charlie Bear!) (09/09/2005)
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