My brother's 9 week old Doberman won't stop peeing inside.
(Exeter, CA, USA)
My brother's dog, conveniently named Monster.
We purchased a 9 week old red/rust Doberman Pinscher female three days ago, and the first day was absolutely perfect. She whined/circled when she needed to go outside, and everything was absolutely fine. The second day, she had at least 4 accidents inside. She will whine and circle, but when we take her out she won't go pee. And then when we bring her back in, she pees on the carpet or on the tile.
My brother is getting increasingly frustrated by her behavior. He also can't put her in a crate without her whining or crying so loudly it prevents him from sleeping, and she's an inside dog at the moment. I am aware that puppies have accidents, but this seems a bit extreme to me- she pees about every 15 minutes, and that's not an exaggeration. They're typically small pees, but enough to really frustrate my brother. She is a rather good dog, aside from this issue, and I've no clue what to do about it- I suggested pee pads for her, but my brother doesn't want her to become reliant on them.
Anyhow, she's had at least 8 accidents inside today, and while my mother, father and I understand that she is a puppy and they will have their accidents, it is extremely annoying that she only does it AFTER we attempt to take her outside to let her go to the bathroom. She has only pooped inside once, and that was while my brother and I were moving his mattress and my mother was supposed to be watching her, and wasn't- so that isn't an issue. It's just the pee.
I'm not sure if it's a bladder problem, or just her being a puppy. We rub her nose in it and tell her "no." But it doesn't seem to be working much so far. I've tried to explain to my brother on numerous occasions that he needs to be patient, and love her, because she needs to bond with him, as his dog. I'm home all day, every day, and I want her to bond with him, not with me- this is making it very hard for him, because he has to discipline her, and is getting very annoyed by her behavior.
This is both a human and an animal problem.
You're exactly right when you say this is both a human and an animal problem!
This little puppy is still a baby and needs to learn how to behave in an acceptable way. Housebreaking doesn't happen overnight, and the fact that she was wonderful on the first day is just pure luck, the way she's behaving now is much more 'normal' for an 9 week old puppy.
Many times people buy puppies with idea of the reality of raising one! They really are just like children, and you'd never expect a baby to not need a diaper from day one, or know how to say 'please', or sleep through the night. They're not born that way and need time and love so that they can learn - it's exactly the same way with puppies.
Most pups need to pee every 30 minutes to an hour at this age, and it is possible that your puppy has a bladder infection which is making her need to go more often. In this case her 'need' will be URGENT and she will likely only pee a few drops at a time. An examination by the vet can determine if this is the problem, and antibiotics can fix it.
However, she will still need to pee VERY often, and although it will improve slowly as she matures, gets control of her bladder, and learns that she's supposed to 'go' outdoors, it will take time and patience.
I'd really strongly recommend that your brother reads the following pages on my site...
Potty Train A Puppy
Crate Training A Puppy
New Puppy Care
They will give him a good idea of what he needs to do to take care of this little girl properly, and how to get her housebroken. Being frustrated with her is unfair and unproductive. She has NO IDEA what she's supposed to do because no one has shown her correctly. Correcting her after the fact is no good, and rubbing her nose in it is a no-no. You need to use the crate (and put up with her whining and crying, she will get over it as she gets used to the crate) and supervise her very carefully when she's free in the house. The pages mentioned above explain all this very clearly.
There's a perfect saying for this situation - 'if the student hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught'! This pup is confused, and until you manage to get her into a routine, prevent her from having all these accidents (and a trip to the vet should be made to rule out the UTI), and she associates the act of elimination with the great outdoors, things won't improve. All of this is up to your brother (and of course the other family members if they want to be involved. It will be much easier if everyone is 'on the same page').
I wish you all the best of luck with this little girl, and hope that I've helped you to understand the situation from her viewpoint just a little.