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Melissa
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Hi, everyone! Stella turned 5 months and 1 week last weekend. She's just beautiful!

So here's the situation. I live on the third floor of an apartment, which means going up and down stairs several times a day for potty time is not particularly easy or fun. (Bless you guys who just have to fling the back door open and let 'em run out in the yard for a bit; even more to those who have doggie flaps!)

When Stella needs to potty, she jumps on the door.

Now, I can understand a potty schedule like, once in the morning .... once before noon .... maybe once more before dinner ... once before bed/after dinner ...

But seriously? This pup jumps on the door three times that amount! I've begun to get pretty irritated when I jog her down those stairs for a tiny nickle sized piddle!

I know the signs, generally. She'll whimper a little for a #2 and pace around for a #1. But is this normal for a 5 month old baby to pee and poop so often?

I don't *always* mind but sometimes, especially after work when I've fed her dinner and plopped down at the desk for my own, it's like ... really? Already?

Also, I think me taking my first bite of dinner or starting the first five minutes of my favorite shows is like a trigger for her bladder. No joke! It's a pattern!

So yes, is this normal? Or can I train her to have a more reliable pee and poop schedule?

(I don't think I'd be posting this if I didn't live three flights up, haha! But I know, I know. I'm the one who brought a baby into the apartment, so I gotta deal until I can get a house next year!)
 

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Now Caue's Dad Too!
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Young pups do take a lot of trips outside. The number of required trips will ease up to something like you have there on your dream list once she is about a year old. I don't have the stairs to contend with buy my boys probably go out close to 8 or more times per day. Since it is relatively easy I choose not to call their bluff.
 

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Abby-Molly-Sophie-Cooper
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The first thing I'd check is for a urinary tract infection. A quick trip to the vet for both a urine test and a fecal will make you feel better that you're not dealing with a parasite (stool) or a bladder infection which is quite common with girl pups. Once that's out of the way, try restricting her water intake a bit to a more regular schedule. At that age, you should still be able to regulate her potty times post water intake. Finally as to loose stools, that can be any number of things...food, does she eat anything she shouldn't outside? If you're happy with the food you're feeding try adding some yogurt and pumpkin to her meals until she firms up and always keep some around. Many of us feed yogurt everyday or use probiotic/digestive enzyme powders to sprinkle on their food.
 

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Social Therapy Dog
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How often does she get a good solid walk to the point of her plopping down and sleeping for a while? I ask b/c I've seen this sort of thing in pups who aren't getting the amount of oudoor exercise they crave. They know that if they go to the door they at least get to go outside for a short while and maybe a walk even if it's just up and down the stairs. They can be masters at figuring us out to get what they want and need. Maybe increase her exercise/activity level in the house and take at least two good walks per day, one in the am before work and at least one more after dinner tot he point she just wants to lay down and sleep. It will let you get more work done and keep her healthy and happy and hsould cut down on the amount of times she wants to go out to "pee".
 

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How often does she get a good solid walk to the point of her plopping down and sleeping for a while? I ask b/c I've seen this sort of thing in pups who aren't getting the amount of oudoor exercise they crave. They know that if they go to the door they at least get to go outside for a short while and maybe a walk even if it's just up and down the stairs. They can be masters at figuring us out to get what they want and need. Maybe increase her exercise/activity level in the house and take at least two good walks per day, one in the am before work and at least one more after dinner tot he point she just wants to lay down and sleep. It will let you get more work done and keep her healthy and happy and hsould cut down on the amount of times she wants to go out to "pee".
 
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