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    Oh, you poor thing. After reading about Diesel, I'm feeling much better about Gertie! She is also 11 weeks old and having her little ups and downs in the housetraining dept. But our problem with her is the opposite of yours, I think. She goes outside and doesn't go. Since we're in Az. and it's hotter than an oven out there, we come in and then she goes on the floor. I have been putting her right in her crate if she doesn't go while we're out, because luckily, she doesn't ever go in her crate. When she does go on the floor, I just scold her and take her right back outside, hoping she'll make the connection that 1) I'm not happy with what she did, and 2) she needs to do that OUT HERE! As often as he pees, do you think he could have a bladder infection or something? That seems like a LOT. Gertie only pees once (a good amount) and then she doesn't go again for a while. And she drinks a lot of water thru out the hot days here. Good luck. Hopefully we'll both soon be past this.

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    oh Good Luck to us all ~ for the time being i think i am keeping the towel company in business,, teehee.. we actually went for a ride in the car yesterday, funny he held it the whole time, wimpered once so we stopped and guess what he PIDDLED !!!! ok so he's " car broke " but not house broke ????? arrrrrrrghhhhhhhhh i say this as im washing out his crate again this morning,, from a soakin wet night last night.. UGH.. CMon Diesel i KNOW you can do it ~! lol

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    He'll get it! Hang in there!

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    stubborn eh?

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    Same problem here, i don't really get any warnings sometimes I can tell when he is about to go and I catch him but it doesn't feel he needs to hold it. I've been taking him out every hour on the hour and monitoring the water intake, only ice cubes after 6 and nothing after 8pm.

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    I've had dogs all my life so have had an abundance amount of puppy stages... as well as my husband spent 11 years on the Police Dept as a k-9 handler... so between he and I... we've got quite a load of experience under our belts....

    Just remember.... puppies still have very small bladders... so even a couple hours of holding it can be very difficult for them. A puppy typically is NOT completely potty trained until they are between 9-12 months of age. As thier bladders are growing and right along with thier bodies- just not quite as fast. Keep in mind--- kids can take a while to potty train as well... so wrap that around about 10x the frustrations. You need to be consistant... and repetative.... if they are young- like the 11 week old puppy- he is still a baby- so he should be going out every 15-30 minutes... its time consuming I know- but the repetition is what is going to make it consistant. He can't tell you when he needs to go- he just knows... I gotta go now! You always want to take them out after they have been sleeping... playing... or eating... a puppy can be playing for a bit and then all of a sudden squat and go... so it is up to you to make sure you stay on top of the consistancy. Set a timer if you need to. If you can't watch them say you are making dinner... put them in a crate so they do not have full run of the house and you are able to monitor exactly what they are doing at that point. Crate training is the best especially when it comes to potty training. Typically they will not potty or poop where they sleep- and IF they are~ they have too much room in there. Use a smaller crate for a bit- that way there are no mishaps. You always want to end on a positive note... so taking them out- whether you use treats or just verbal praise--- which verbal praise is by far what I would recommend... act as if they won a super big prize- make a production out of it- use high pitched voices... use excitement- they feed off of that and they want your approval! So when they do good things- you are praising them like its going out of style. And unless you catch them in the act--- there is no sense in disciplining them- they have already forgotten what it is that they did wrong... make sure you use key words--- ouside... potty... poop... take a break- whatever you use to choose. And make sure you use those same words each and every time. As it is all still very foreign to them-

    So it takes a lot of patience... a lot of time... and a lot of accidents... but persistance and consistancy- will pay off in the end. Even when you think they are 100% house broken... until they hit that 9-12 month age--- they still can and will have accidents... Good luck!!! Hope some of it helps!

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    Thanks for the advice! I keep forgetting that little Bertie is only 6 months old! It really seems like I have had her for years! LOL

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