Puppy Peeing in the House?

My son has a 4 month old American Boxer. He seems really smart, but what a problem with the house training. It is better than a month ago, but my son just took him outside 3 times in the last 90 minutes (he does not play with him when they are outside for potty relief), he peed each time.

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My son just went down cellar to put in a load of wash and he peed at the top of the stairs. Why? My son is convinced Thorn does it because he doesn't like being away from my son. Thorn follows my son around constantly and if he is doing dishes or standing still or sitting, the dog is wrapped around his legs. Thorn has no problem holding it all night, but he sleeps in my son's bedroom. If this is anxiety how does my son fix this?

He is very stressed out as he doesn't want to leave Thorn in his kennel, but if his eyes are not on him and he is busy taking care of his 3 year old daughter invariably the dog will pee and it is ruining the wood floor. Any advise would be greatly appreciate. If he leaves Thorn in the kennel when he is home, but doing household tasks and chores the dog whines incessantly. Help!!

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October 25, 20190 found this helpful

If the dog continues on like this there might not be any other choice but to leave him in the kennel when he is busy and not with the dog. Other than this, you can try a professinal trainer to help out. If the dog is not peeing during the night and only does this during the day, it could be anxiety.

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October 25, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you...I was wondering if it might be anxiety.

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October 25, 20190 found this helpful

It could be a urinary tract infection. Check with the vet.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

As soon as my son picked him up from Baltic, Ohio he took Thorn to a vet and he has regular vet visits....got all his shot...etc. The vet just keeps saying consistency...lol

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

Already did, thank you, and its not a urinary tract infection.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

Has the pup been established with a vet? 4 months is a good time if not done already.

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4 months is also VERY young for a dog to be fully potty trained--although bigger dogs do seem to train faster than smaller dogs--it took a full 2 years to have one of my small dogs fully trained and she was very healthy.

At the vet have the pup checked to make sure there is no urinary tract infection, bladder stones, kidney infection. If the pup gets a clean bill of health, talk to the vet about the anxiety and perhaps the pup can be on an anti anxiety med for a short time to get him used to the crate and crate training--which is the method I swear by for all dogs.

Consistent and gentle crate training will help with the anxiety and the peeing (hopefully, at least in my experience).

There are a bunch of good YouTube videos on crate training and I suggest looking for one for the breed since each breed has its own little quirks.

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When you offer rewards for being in the crate, the crate will become a safe place and the whining will eventually subside. It takes time so patience is critical in this process!

Post back with updates! Prayers for the pup!! Wishing you and your son and the pup a lovely life together!!

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

He just went to the vet and got a clean bill of health and the vet said the same thing she said before....consistency. Thank you for all your tips....God bless....

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

So glad the pup has a clean bill of health!!! Just a little time and patience will help! 4 months is so young!! I bet in a month or two you will be able to report good news!! Post back so we know how things are going!!

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October 28, 20190 found this helpful

Your dog is young and time may help a lot. But if the anxious behavior persists I would consult a trainer that works with anxious dogs.

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You will be way ahead if you start early. But I would give it a few weeks to see if things improve as he matures a bit.

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