|Barked: Wed Aug 7, '13 10:04am PST |
|Yeeeah you're just going to have to take her out more. The pen/crate is so small she won't be able to pee in it comfortable. She can hold it for around 5 hours. But she hasn't learned yet not to pee in the house, so she just squats and goes whenever she needs to.
The best thing you can do is watch her constantly when she's out in the house, look for any signs that she needs to go like pacing/sniffing around, etc. Watch her REALLY close. Take her outs every hour, lots of praise and treats if she pees.
If you catch her squatting to pee, try to interrupt her and get her outside. No punishing her for peeing in the house! If you scold her or anything like that, she will start trying to do it when you're not around. It's much easier if she is willing to do it in front of you. If you discover she's peed without you around, you weren't watching her close enough. Crate her anytime you can't have your eyes on her (like if you have to go to the bathroom) unless she's JUST gone outside.
This is not abnormal, Arya was like this at 4 months. She would just go to the corner and start to pee whenever she felt like it, but could hold it forever in the exercise pen. It took a while for her to understand there was more value in going outside. She's 6 months now and mostly just waits for me to say it's time. Still doesn't tell me if she has to go... I have to make sure I'm taking her out every few hours.
Good luck!! When they finally start waiting to pee outside, it is such a huge relief.
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