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I have a 4.5 month old GSD male puppy who is very energetic loving and smart. I got him when he was 3.5 months old from a friend who couldn't take care of him.
1. Basic training has been very good, eating from his own bowl only, sit, stand, laydown, come here... etc.
2. I have one really big problem with him, as soon as I leave the room for only a few minutes I come back to pee puddles on the floor, he does not do this while I am in the room though. He holds his poops until he goes outside but the pee problem has been tremendously overwhelming. I have run out of ideas on what to do. I leash him, i take away the freedom of the house so he doesn't go on the floors. Whenever we walk outside and he pees i give him a treat and praise him and as soon as hes home and some time passes and i step out he goes and pees on the floor.

I feel like I am failing this dog and I am trying my best to do the best training and support possible. Please help me.
 

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I would either put him in the crate or leash him to you so he is not left unattended until he is house broken
 

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Oh you are not failing your pup! Sometimes it is good to be hard on yourself I can understand that. He has not been with you long and learned a bad habit, you can fix this.

Does the pup have a crate?
Are you controlling the water intake?
Is he peeing in the same spot? Be sure to use an enzyme cleaner to clean it.
It will get better as long as you continue to work at with some minor adjustments.
 

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He ends up peeing/pooping in his crate when he can't hold it especially when he has diarrhea. Please help me out
 

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This is what I did for all my shepherds:

As a puppy they can?t hold their pee and poop for long. But like humans, most pups are clean. Get a crate, let him sleep there. Let him realize that the crate is his room, his space. Once he gets use to the crate, leave him in there and every few hours let him out to go potty then put him back in. This will also teach crate command for him. Your dog will start trying to hold his potty because he?ll know that this is where he sleeps. They don?t want to pee and poop in their room/bed. But just be sure to let them out every few hours and tell them to go pee or go poop. If they don?t after 15 mins, put them back in and try again in 30mins to and hour. Eventually you?re dog will learn to hold it.

You?re not failing your pup, relax :) dogs don?t come potty trained (unless already trained). Don?t be hard on yourself, this is normal! I?m sure there?s other ways but this has what always worked for me. Also like others said, don?t leave him unsupervised freely until he?s house broken.
 

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A 4.5 month old puppy should hold its pee for over an hour. If he has diarrhea then there is something wrong.

Does he have seperation anxiety?
 

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First thing you should do is take a few deep breaths and calm down! You're not failing your puppy, and he's not being bad. As @holland said keep him on a leash and with you at all times, take him out to potty frequently. If he's pooping and peeing in his crate you are leaving him in there too long. Manage his environment for success. Don't think of it as restricting him, think of it more as helping him learn. He's not trying to be bad, he's simply relieving himself, so don't punish him. Just calmly teach him the desired behaviour! And as @Apex1 said, be sure to thoroughly clean any previous accidents with an enzyme cleaner to kill any lingering odor.
 

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my female learned something I had not intended for her to learn. If she wet her crate she got to go outside. This was even if she had already been outside. It took me a few days to figure out that going outside was a reward for peeing in her crate. As soon as I started cleaning the crate and putting her right back in, that stopped her wetting the crate. I also set a timer so that I was always reminded to take her out regularly.

My big boy didn't have that problem but he used to come and grab our pant legs, socks and shoes. We thought he was asking us to play rough but he was really telling us he needed to go outside. A few accidents taught us what he was trying to say. I started using a timer to make certain he was no longer having to wait until the last minute to go out.

bottom line, see if for some reason you have accidentally reinforced the behavior or missed a signal.
 

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Hi How often are you walking him? Does this only happen when you go in your room for bed or is it at random times?

Keep an eye on his water intake and make sure you know how long he can hold it for and maybe increase his walks.

Poor baby if he has Diarrhea - is he eating anything he shouldn't? Does he seem stressed?

I am a huge fan of crate training if its done right. Make sure you put things he loves in there. Padded bed, favorite toys, shirts that smell like you - make sure is the right size. Make the crate so comfy that he wants to hang out in there even when its not bedtime.

Lastly, you care about your puppy enough to come on here so take it one day at a time!

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Talk to your friend about what they did and what they had been doing. It almost seems that they punished accidents, so puppy won't go if you're in the room, but if you leave the room, then it's safe to go potty. Or maybe they inadvertently gave too much attention for accidents and now puppy thinks "If I go potty, I get praise"

I really beat myself up over potty training, so I think I understand where you are coming from. You are doing what you've read and nothing seems to be working. It's ok. I did a lot of reading and research before getting my pup. I ended up having to throw out 80% of that info and start from scratch

I got my pup at 8wks and she started gaining better bladder control by around 13wks. 15wks she started whining more when she wanted out. Now at 18wks, she whines when she has to go (although sometimes confusing because she wants to chase the cats so will whine about that too), and have not had an accident is over 2wks *knock on wood*

Here's what I did:

BREATHE! It's ok. Accidents happen. Your pup isn't doing it on purpose. It doesn't know any better. It will take some time

It might take a few accidents, but take your pup out every 30mins. If you have an accident before the timer goes off, then decrease the time by 5mins. Eventually, you'll get to a point where she won't have accidents

Don't ration water. I've read that doing this may cause them to chug the water the second they get it because they don't know when they'll get water next. Let them free drink and adjust your timer to her bladder

Obviously, don't punish for accidents. Try not to make a big deal out of accidents. Scoop her up, take her out, and then bring back in

I think for your sanity, you need to make a schedule. I had one that was like in crate for 1hr. Out to potty. 30mins for play and just bonding with you. Back into crate for an hr. That hr will allow you to do other things. But if you need to leave the room, then just put her in the crate

Puppies are like people. They mature and grow up at different rates. Some members had a super easy time, and others, like me, had a rough time

Stay vigilant and patient. Your pup will get it
 
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