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House training - accidents in the evenings

My four month old is fine overnight, in the mornings and early afternoon - no accidents indoors at all, he's brilliant. However, during the late afternoon and early evening he usually has one or two accidents inside due to playing harder and, hence, drinking more water. He's also of course more distracted due to his play sessions with my other dogs.

Even extra vigilance and care by myself and my wife isn't usually enough, we can take him out once every half an hour and he'll still probably manage to have one small accident indoors. He won't always ask to go out either, sometimes he's playing, suddenly stops, urinates, then carries on playing. We'll then take him out to try and drive it home that he's supposed to go outside, not inside.

I realise that full bladder control won't be achievable in a four month old but I'm wonder if there's anything else that I can try to avoid the evening 'distraction' accidents.

The current weather in my part of the world doesn't help either - it's been a cool and wet summer so far so it's not always possible to go outside and play in the evenings.

I'm certain he doesn't have a bladder infection, etc due to the fact that he's fine at night and other times of the day. If he had an infection he'd be drinking a lot all day (and night) and urinating (with even more associated indoor accidents) far more often.
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Is he peeing on carpet? Or hard floors so you can easily clean it up? Carpet accidents are really tough because it's so hard to get the smell out, even if you can't smell it - a dog can. Do not let him have access to carpeted rooms till he's been accident free for a good 6 weeks. If a dog smells urine, he will return to that spot.

Basically, if he's having more accidents, you need to set a timer and get him outdoors more often whether it's raining or not. If you see him take a break and drink water, that means you need to get him back outside in a few minutes. He may need his world to be smaller, keep him contained in the kitchen - spend your evenings in the kitchen with him. He just needs tighter management and more time to grow up.

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Thanks for the tips.

He pees on the carpet or hard floors, he doesn't care which. He doesn't tend to pee in the same spot either (we do clean up thoroughly after him with a special dog-safe cleaner which doesn't leave anything that the dog can smell).
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Hang in there...Our first GR was a synch to train. We used the bell on the door technique, which River caught onto in about two weeks. Then after River passed, and we adopted a GR puppy at 8 weeks. We tired the bell technique to no avail. Sadly, Brody just never seemed to catch on to the idea of ringing the bell to go outside.

Brody is 5.5 months old now, so he's just a bit older than your pup. For us, learning Brody's routine and habits was key to catching him before he peed inside the house. At about the age of your pup, Brody began to catch on that he wasn't supposed to go in the house. Soon he began to whimper at the door which was his way of telling us he needed to go outside.

We live in Crested Butte, CO. We just now are getting into the summer months as the snow has fully melted at our elevation. Regardless of the weather, we worked diligently to get him outside to go. Just keep a few old towels around to clean his feet after he goes outside. Otherwise, you'll be cleaning up after him for longer than it should take. We also found that after very active playtime, Brody had to go outside. Once outside, he would smell around for the longest times, but eventually, he would go. We praised him when he did the right thing and showed disappointment when he had an accident. Hang in there! You should be getting close to him catching on.


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Thanks for the tips, very pleased to hear Brody is catching on.

Good point about wiping the feet when the pup comes back inside, I hadn't thought of that.

Thanks again.
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