I'm getting frustrated with potty training our 11 week old female. She still pees in the house with no warning signs, just squats and goes. I guess I just need to know if we are doing things right .
We let her out after she eats, drinks, gets out of her crate, etc and we also let her out every hour or so. When we bring her outside we instruct her to "go potty" and when she goes we praise her for it. She is never out of our sight in the house.
Are we doing anything wrong? Is there something more we should be doing? I know she's still young... but I just want some advice. Thanks!
You are doing things right. That said you say she is never out of sight when in the house. That to me implies she has the run of the house, but you can see her. I would keep her attached to you with a leash or blockaded in the same room with you. They tend to do better in smaller areas and will start letting you know they have to go. Also, when you clean up after her, be sure you are using something to kill the smell (vinegar and water will work and there are also pet safe products like Resovle and Woolite, etc that you can use). If you don't use something to kill the smell they will have a tendency to go in that same spot again. In addition to the other times you take her out, you should put her out after she has been drinking water and after she has been playing. Just try to be consistent and praise her allot when she goes potty outside. If she squats in house and pees, say no, grab her up and put her outside. If she goes some more outside, praise her. Do not scold her for peeing in the house beyond the No. She won't understand why you are mad. Finally, have patience, she will get it. Good luck and keep us posted.
If she pees in the house and you catch her and put her out, it is not likely she needs to go again. If she does praise, if not let her in. If you take her out and she pees (or any time she pees outside) praise her. She will catch on. One of the things that may be making this harder is she is peeing in her crate. If you can come home at lunch and let her out and play with her, you should. If not, is there someone you can pay to come let her out during the day. It is really hard on a puppy to stay in a crate all day while you are at work. When she is old enough (after all her immunizations) you should check out a doggy daycare for her.