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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Boarding changed my dog (puppy)

I have a 4 month old GSD puppy. He rarely ever has accidents in his crate. I went on a trip for 2 weeks. During this time, Gotham was boarded. Ever since I've been back, he's been having accidents left and right in his crate. One time, he was literally in there for 3 minutes and I turned around and he had peed. That's the first problem.

The second problem is that whenever he has to go to the bathroom, he goes to the door and sits down. Well, he's been doing this a lot more frequently. I take him out and its a drop of pee. Why go to the door then? I know it's not that he wants to be outside because as soon as he pees, he goes right back up the steps to the front door.

Help! What do I do?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 12:52 AM
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Maybe time for a vet check? Two weeks in boarding for a 4 mo old puppy is eternity.
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Go to the vet and I would think a possible UTI infection.

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Vet check for a UTI.

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It sounds like he has a UTI.

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I agree he needs to be checked for a UTI


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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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It's also worth mentioning that he sleeps through the night without peeing. I let him sleep on my bed and he doesn't have any accidents. I let him out when I wake up and he pees for about 15 seconds, so I know he didn't go while I was sleeping. Either way, I'm making an appointment for him today.
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Vet check is definitely a priority .. if he's healthy ... consider what your 4-month old puppy just went through at the boarding place. I can guarantee that he had to pee / poop in his kennel / space where ever he was during the day / night because there is no way they have time to take a 4-month old puppy out every 4-5 hours.

He is likely somewhat confused ... all the rules you taught him about housebreaking went right out the window!

So, again, if he's perfectly healthy, I'd start from scratch with the potty training again!

You mentioned that he would pee in his crate - is it a big crate? If yes, make it smaller so that he's not sitting in his pee.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2015, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Quick update for those that are curious:

I took Gotham to the vet yesterday. The vet doesn't think it's a UTI since there's no blood in his urine, he pees in one single stream, and he's able to hold it when he's on the bed. She thinks it's more likely mild separation anxiety. He's anxious that I'm going to leave him again. Poor puppy.
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It could be that he was left in his kennel all that time and now he has unlearned the routine of keeping his living quarters clean. You really have to know and trust the boarding kennel. Too bad you can't get feedback from the dogs.I wold start with Puppy house breaking 101 and keep limit the space in his crate.
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