I recently got a 4-month-old Doberman puppy and have noticed that he pees far too often. I take him out for potty breaks every couple of hours, but even after he has just gone, he's ready to go again within 30 minutes. He doesn't seem to be drinking an excessive amount of water, so I'm not sure what could be causing this. I've also noticed that sometimes he seems to be struggling to hold his pee in and will go in the house if we don't catch him in time.
Is this something that is normal for puppies his age or could there be something wrong with him? I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to help him stay healthy and happy. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I had a similar experience with my Doberman puppy when I first brought her home. She was peeing very frequently and I found myself cleaning up after her multiple times a day. Like you, I was concerned that something might be wrong with her.
After speaking with my vet, I learned that this is normal behavior for young puppies. At that age, they have small bladders and less control over their bladder muscles. This causes the frequent peeing and accidents indoors.
It's important to keep in mind that it takes time and patience to house-train a puppy. I found that sticking to a strict potty schedule, crate training, and positive reinforcement helped to reduce accidents significantly. Crate training teaches puppies to hold their bladder for longer periods of time, which ultimately helps them develop better bladder control.
Additionally, I had to be very attentive to my puppy's signals telling me when she needs to go potty. This included sniffing around or pacing around restlessly. It's important to take them out immediately when they show these signs so they don't have accidents inside.
With persistence and consistency, your puppy will likely grow out of this behavior. Best of luck to you and your furry friend!