Dog Mom here.
I need help. Waldo is about to drive us to drink. He is a 7-month old Great Dane with what appears to be a severely small bladder. It's so frustrating! Everyone says that dogs should be able to "hold it" one hour for each month. Well, Waldo is the exception to that rule. Everyone also says that dogs don't like to pee in their cages because then they have to lay in it. Well, Waldo's the exception to that rule, too.
Today marks the 3rd day THIS WEEK that Waldo has peed in his cage. And its not just that he pees a little. This is GREAT DANE pee we're talking about here! It's like every time he goes, he's emptying a tankard. I go through almost an entire roll of paper towels cleaning it up--not to mention the extra load of laundry we have to do because his blanket's completely soaking wet, and the floor we have to clean because it drips when we take it to the basement.
Nick is totally done--and now relegating Waldo and his cage to the basement. I would like to solve the problem, instead of banishing our youngest to scary land.
Here's what we're already doing:
1. We have cordoned his cage off, so he only has room to turn around. After he pees, he ends up standing for the rest of the time.
2. We don't leave him all day. Nick leaves for work about 9:00. He comes home for lunch about 12:30, then leaves again about 1. I get home between 5:30 and 6. So at the most, he's going 5 to 5.5 hours.
3. Nick restricts their water at lunchtime.
4. I KNOW he can hold it longer. A few times we've forgotten to put him in his cage overnight, and he makes it 7 or 8 hours without having an accident in the house.
I let him out often when I'm home, and he always goes potty in the yard. I take him out every hour or hour and a half, because he will literally stand in the dining room and start peeing (and I'm NOT ignoring him). This is where I think part of the problem might be--he hasn't worked his bladder-holding muscles enough. But I don't really know how to work on that--he'll just pee where he stands. Recently he has started whining when he needs to go out, which is helpful, and I always praise him up and down when he does that.
Doggie mommies and daddies--any suggestions?