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Hello all. As I am writing this, Sasha is in her crate after frustrating me for about 3 weeks now (It's not for punishment). She is almost 4 months now, and I have never had any issues with her going outside to relieve herself. She is cratetrained, and has never had any accidents inside of it. She understands "go potty" no matter where she's at, and doesn't have issues going in new places. But for the past 3 weeks, she has constantly relieved herself in the house without warning. She doesn't whine, pace, or go to the back door so I can take her out like she used to. I have to keep an eye on her every second to ensure she doesn't do this, but the minute I look away, my spider senses go off, and there's a puddle in the dining room. (The only satisfaction is that it's tile and not carpet, although it's been done there too)
At first I just thought I was missing the signs, and maybe she was holding it for too long, but that theory has gone out the window.

I know her schedule, and I'm good about taking her out when she needs to go, I praise her like crazy, and give her treats on occasion for doing a great job outside. But for some reason, it just hasn't been working lately.

I know she's still a puppy, but I don't understand the total reversal. I've decided to start over from day 1, and begin the housetraining all over again.

Does anyone have any other suggestions or reasoning??? I apologize for the rant, but this is really irratating.
 

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Get a urine sample very first thing in the morning (her first pee) and take it in and have it tested for a UTI. A sudden change in bathroom habits (especially peeing without warning) is a major symptom.
 

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowGet a urine sample very first thing in the morning (her first pee) and take it in and have it tested for a UTI. A sudden change in bathroom habits (especially peeing without warning) is a major symptom.
I second that. First whenever there's an abrupt change you first need to rule out a physical cause. A trip to the vet is in order.
 

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowGet a urine sample very first thing in the morning (her first pee) and take it in and have it tested for a UTI. A sudden change in bathroom habits (especially peeing without warning) is a major symptom.
Ditto- Yes
 

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Also...
How often does this happen to puppies?
What can I do to prevent future UTIs? (if this is what it turns out to be)
 

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I had a cat that used to get UTI a lot. He would start peeing in odd places (well, odd for him) like my flower pots in the house and in a corner. I had no idea what was going on at first and was cleaning like a mad woman. Then he went in the corner of the kitchen and since it was on tile I could see there was a tiny bit of blood in it. I freaked out and took him into the vet. He just had a UTI and after that got them often. Easy quick fix though.

I am not sure about dogs, but people get them by not going when they need to go or just getting bacteria up the urinary canal (not sure what it is called). I have been getting them during this pregnancy and I can see why animals would go anywhere they happen to be and not show that they need to go out. It comes on suddenly and when you gotta go, you REALLY gotta go. Then. And there is no waiting around for an appropriate place.
 

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Originally Posted By: MandalayThen he went in the corner of the kitchen and since it was on tile I could see there was a tiny bit of blood in it.

Hmmm. I haven't seen any blood just yet......
 

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There isn't always blood. My cat used to get them quite frequently before I switched her off of dry food and off of grains. She would just squat and pee.

Did you take the urine sample into your vet? A UTI can be quite painful so please don't delay in taking care of your dog!
 
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