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House/Potty Training Struggles
First post on these forums but I have a 5 month old golden retriever boy named Astro. We also have a 2 year old GSD. We are having some difficulties with house training (specifically with pottying in the crate). I looked through previous posts but most of the suggestions we've tried and are doing actively. He is fantastic about going potty outside when we go out, he goes immediately and generally seems to be catching on to the "go potty" command outdoors. He gets praised and gets unique treats for pottying and we use our cue command. He is holding it through the night, we take up water an hour before we go to bed and let him out to potty right before.
Now the BIG problem is his crate during the day. I've scoured through past posts and didn't find much about older puppies like this, but please do link me if you know of any issues like this! Like I said, he holds it all night and goes out in the morning. He will go EVERY time we go outside. When he is in the house, so long as I am on top of letting him out to potty every 15-30 minutes (particularly during playtime), he's not having accidents. He does have an accident if I fail to give him play time breaks which I know isn't his fault, but hasn't happened in a long time.
He is going in his crate frequently, though, throughout the day. He had a UTI when we first started dealing with this at about 3 months old and we did get that taken care of, and he does not have a UTI now (follow up check showed clear.) We have a divider in the crate so he has enough room to turn, lay down, but not enough to separate the area for pottying. No towels/blankets/anythig, just bare tray (we even bought a new tray after the UTI business to see if it'd help thwart this.) We clean with enzyme cleaner Nature's Miracle every time and wash it down.
He gives no warning, does not whine, scratch, or make much fuss before he goes in it, and he doesn't mind sleeping/laying in it. I've come around the corner after smelling it and he just laid down in it right after. I take him out every hour while he's in the crate, but I'm at a point I'm trying to take him out every 30 minutes when I can because there's times he just doesn't make it the hour if he's actively drinking water throughout the day. I'm at a bit of a loss. It's a toss up if I leave the house if he'll have gone in his crate even after I made sure he peed and didn't chug water right before I left. I do think a lot of the times it corresponds with the fact he drinks SO much water especially during play time. It happens after being put up while being out and playing and chilling in the house a lot.
Usually playtime involves free access to water, he drinks A LOT, so I do take him out every 15 minutes during playtime. At the end of playtime, I put him in crate to settle after I let him out again to pee. I go to check on him about 15-20 minutes later, and usually he's peed again in the crate by then.
I've successfully potty trained our other dog when she was a pup, following limited water at night, treat/praise outside pottying, tethering when playing inside, supervised while out of crate, playtime breaks, frequent trips out, appropriate crate size. Just struggling now with my boy! Any insight or trips would be greatly appreciated. He's an amazing dog despite the peeing problems, but boy we get a lot of bath time from it lol.
Edit: We also start with a personal obedience trainer in 2 weeks. I do intend to bring the issue up then too.