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Dear Daisy Dog

Frieda, my daughter’s 6-month-old dachshund, urinates in her crate once or twice a week while my daughter is at work. When Frieda is out of her crate, she usually goes to the door and asks to go outside. However, once a month, she squats and urinates on the furniture. What’s her problem?

Daisy Responds

It sounds like Frieda isn’t fully housetrained or that she has a urinary tract infection.

For the first five years of my life, I lived in a kennel. So when I was adopted a year ago, I had to learn where to do my business – and how to ask to go outside.

Even with my obvious intellect, it took awhile. It will take Frieda longer, because she is a youngster.

Pups usually can hold their bladders for one hour more than their age in months. So at six months, Frieda should be able to stay dry for up to seven hours.

If her family is away for eight hours at a time, there’s a good chance she’ll have to go in her crate.

When Frieda is out of her crate, her family must supervise her closely. The moment she is about to urinate on the furniture, they should whisk her outside.

Furthermore, they must adequately clean the urine spots with an enzymatic cleaner, to be sure the alluring odor is gone.

One final suggestion: Have your daughter take a urine sample to Frieda’s veterinarian for testing. If a bladder infection is contributing to her accidents, proper treatment should solve the problem.

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