We have an almost three-month old female German Shepherd. We've been crate training for weeks, but it's not working - not like we had hoped.

The puppy lets us know when she needs to poop outside. She has constant peeing accidents. We have had to let her out every seven to ten minutes since we've brought her home. Even still, she has non-stop accidents. At the advice of our vet, we now have designated times when she gets water. That hasn't made a difference. It's almost like she has where to pee reversed. She does not have accidents in her crate. Ideas?

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It’s important to rule out any medical causes of your girl’s urinary behavior. If she’s letting you know when she has to poop outside then she’s obviously able to recognize the signals that she needs to eliminate. Constant peeing accidents could be associated with cystitis or other urinary tract abnormalities. There is also a specific developmental abnormality where the ureter (the tube from the kidney to the bladder) is in the wrong place and the result is urinary incontinence and constant leaking of urine. Your girl really needs to see your vet to have her urine examined and to have contrast studies done of her bladder and ureters because her problem may not just be a toilet training issue. | 12.08.16 @ 23:38
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.17.17 @ 13:47
Answered by Yolanda Freeman CPDT-KA, CTDI, Dog TrainerPRO+ in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Congrats on the cute puppy. Crate training can be a very effective to for housetraining your puppy and preventing destructive behaviors as your puppy grows. But keep in mind, your puppy is still an infant. Your expectations have to match the capabilities of your very young pup. If she is not having accidents in her crate, that means crate training is working. She may not be getting enough supervision when she is out of her crate. If you can't see her, she's probably up to no good. The more active she is when she is outside of her crate the more often she is going to need to potty. More management tools may be required. She could be tethered in one area or placed in a pen when she is not in her crate. Right now, her signs that she needs to eliminate are subtle but there. Take her out often. But the main message is that at her age, her success depends more on you than her because she is still developing. You are asking a three-month-old puppy to do something humans can't even do until they are around two years old. Be patient and vigilant. Good luck and enjoy your new pup. | 12.13.16 @ 23:16
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