Question by Penny and Brodie: How do I “re-potty train” my dog?
I have a 3 year old Westie that when I got her as a 8 week old puppy, I started crate training her. She seemed to be getting it down pretty well when she got a bladder infection that reverted her right back to square one. With this infection she had a lot of accidents as she had to go often and could not hold it. Since she recovered from her infection, I have tried to crate train her and been unsuccessful. She does not poop in the house. She will whine to let me know when she has to poop and even sometimes when she has to pee. However, if I leave her alone she almost always pee’s in the house even if I take her out right before I leave and am gone for only 2 hours. When I am home, she can hold it for 4 hours or more and doesn’t seem to have an accident. I do not understand why she isn’t getting the concept of potty training. I must be doing something wrong or not doing something I should but I do not know what it is. HELP!
Another detail to mention is that when she is in her crate while I’m away she has no problem holding it.
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Answer by moof
If she pretty much only has accidents when you’re not home (excluding occasions when you don’t take her out frequently enough and cause her to have an accident in that way), she may be manifesting symptoms of separation anxiety. That’s a wholly separate issue from housebreaking, so you’d have to deal with it in a different way. Here’s more info about separation anxiety in dogs:
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