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11-wk puppy distracted during potty time
Trudy has been doing fairly well with potty training over the past 3 weeks since we got her (she is 11 weeks old today). She's had only one accident in the crate (totally our fault). And only three times pooping inside since we've had her. BUT, we are still having trouble with her peeing in the house.
During her 8th and 9th weeks, she learned pretty quickly what we meant when we told her to "go potty!" outside. We heaped praise on her, and she seemed eager to please. Gradually, we took away the treats, but still continue to praise her for doing her business outside. When we are home, we like to have her out of her crate to interact with us, but we limit her access to the kitchen, and sometimes dining room + living room. We take her out pretty regularly (to the point of me setting alarms. I will take her out every half hour, or as soon as she wakes from a nap.)
Starting halfway through her 10th week, though, she's been getting more and more distracted when we go outside. Before, it seemed like she didn't notice too much beyond what was immediately in front of her. But now she sees everything - every bird, bee, every car with a load engine that drives by (I live in an urban area), the neighbors' dog a few doors down, the neighbor kids... you get the idea. What this means is that it seems like she gets too distracted to do her business and, even though I stay out there with her for a while (or just leave her out there), she is more likely to "forget" to pee and then do it once she comes in.
Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? So far, we've only had 2 accident-free days (not in a row.) I feel like we should have had more than that at this point. Some days she'll have just one accident. But today, I've lost count. Having her pee inside as soon as she's come in from a long time outside is pretty frustrating, especially when I know that she gets that "outside" is where that happens.
Help! (and thank you in advance for your advice and encouragement.)