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I recently acquired Venus an 8 week old Doberman female and have had her since last Saturday . The first 4 days she had 2 accidents total and no peeing in her crate and now the last 2 days she has peed 3 times in her crate another 3 times on her pillow and a dozen times on the floor . Is this a sign of possible uti? Any advice or suggestions would be great.


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how often is she in her crate? puppies can't hold their bladders for very long so if she's in there for a large amount of time, she may end up having accidents regardless of how "den-like" the kennel is. The rule of thumb is to take puppies outside to potty immdeiately after eating, drinking, playing and napping and every 30 minutes in between lol UTI is probably not the issue, she's just a puppy and puppies have accidents.
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She's not in her crate for long my wife is home all day with her . She s in there maybe 1 or 2 hours a day. I bring her out every 45 minutes regardless if she ate or drank or played. The only time she is in her crate for a long time is at night she sleeps from 11- 6 every night without a peep since we got her thank The Lord .


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It sounds like normal puppy accidents to me. They can't hold it that long, and they also have to be taught the appropriate place to go (ie. outside), for some puppies they catch on very fast, others not so much.

Typically a UTI would show with the LOTS of accidents (like trying to go, peeing tiny little bits etc a lot), straining to go, even dribbling/leaking at times.

It sounds to me like she is just a normal puppy. Bruce, our new boy, is 9 weeks old, and in the last few days has had a few more accidents than previous days. That's just life with a puppy. If you are really worried ask your vet (but it really doesn't sound like a UTI to me).
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My puppy goes out ever 25 minutes max. If she's playing rough, running like an idiot, every 15 minutes. It's probably TOO often but we have fewer accidents this way and she should learn sooner to go outside. We set a timer so we don't forget.

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Another thing is she can't godown the stairs yet so I carry her outside is this bad


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Another thing is she can't godown the stairs yet so I carry her outside is this bad

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No - my puppy is 11.5 weeks old now, and I still carry her down the side door steps, to get outside...plus down the 2nd floor steps.
- Kelly can climb up the steps easier, and enters the house & now goes up to the master bedroom (with us) unassisted

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I would only carry her down the stairs. Hubby has been carrying Envy and I think it's one reason her training is going slower than her littermates. She's also in a kennel run while we are at work and can pee anywhere, which is slowing the process down.

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House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
If she acts like she cannot hold it at all have her checked for a UTI ( Urinary Track Infection) which are painful and may take more than one round of antibiotic s to get rid of. if she was doing well then started with not holding it that might be the reason.

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