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Hi Everyone - all is going fairly well with our new duo (Bongo and Jerry), and I think I am following the training-by-crate directions correctly.... but Jerry keeps having accidents in the kitchen. I keep them in their crate faithfully, and always let them outside to go potty right after opening the crate. Then I have been allowing them 10 minutes of romping time in the kitchen before they go back in the crate. Bongo is fine, but Jerry will pee in the kitchen (immediately after having pee'd outside). Does this really mean that I can't keep him outside the crate at all unless I am holding him? (It's hard to restrain the enthusiam of a pup! And I like to give him a few minutes of freedom....). He seems to get the "go outside" thing really well. The minute I bring him out he does his "business." It's just that he seems to save a little extra for the house too! Yikes. Thanks for any advice.
 

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Hi Annemarie! Gracie had all sorts of accidents at first. When we realized she was "going" right after she came in from "going" outside, we mentioned it to our vet. He immediately did a Urinalysis and found that she had a UTI. Puppies can get a urinary tract infection really easily, he said, especially when there's been some stress lately (like coming to a new home, potty training, etc.). I'd say, take a urine specimen in to your vet and check it out. You can get one yourself by taking a pie pan or a cake pan out and "catching" it. Or the vet will do it. But they'll give you results in a few minutes.

If that's not the problem then it's probably just that he's not getting the hang of it quite yet. Some pups take a little longer than others, but you're obviously doing a great job, cause you've got Bongo doing fine. It may just take a little longer for Jerry.

Are either of them having accidents in the crate? Do they share a crate? Are you cleaning up with an enzyme product that removes the smell completely?
 

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thanks 2doodsmom. Jerry is doing better already. I think he just gets more excited than Bongo, and kind of pees out of sheer joy! He is getting much better, I just have to keep an eye on him. I did buy an enzymatic cleaner, so hopefully that will help. If he starts "slipping" again I will take him to the vet (we had just returned from rabies, etc.). They really are pretty smart pups. I wish the photo forum was up so that I could see what Gracie and everyone elses dogs look like.....
 

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I miss the photo gallery too! Hooray for Jerry! The enzyme stuff should help if Jerry was getting any ideas from leftover smells. One of my doods seemed really interested in any spot that had ever been an "accident." I've found that letting the enzyme stuff stay on the spot for several minutes before wiping it up (hard floor) helps a lot. Any carpet accidents I've treated by soaking up as much as I could, then spraying the enzyme on and actually letting it dry there. The enzymes actually "eat" the odor-causing particles in urine. Better living through chemistry!
 
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