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Have you tried using a crate for him? Dogs will generally find that their crate is a "safe" zone for him. Do not use it as a punishment. Keep him in there at night, and set your alarm clock for 4-5 hours since you first put him in. Take him out to go potty. Make sure the crate is not too large, or else he will go in the crate. Dogs usually do not mess in their dens (crate). Do not, however, take him out of the crate at night when he starts whining. He will end up training you to come when he cries. You can find some useful info on the internet or in books...look for "crate training". It REALLY works!
My 5 month old puppy was doing very well for ... (after going potty only). What can I do? HELP! Thanks!

Go out with him. Praise and treeat immediately when he relieives himself. At five months he shouldn't need to go ... supervision, will prevent accidents. Take him outside only if you see the indications, or every five hours, whichever comes first.

every five hours?? he only goes pee that often now that he is older??
every five hours?? he only goes pee that often now that he is older??

It depends on the dog - but in general 1 month of age = one hour between pees - up to about now. Whether the time increases depends upon whether he is required to learn to wait, and his physical condition, and his activity level. We humans are foten in the situation where we must wait. The more we practice that ability the better we get at it and still being comfortable. The dog is the same. And like us there are outer limits to that comfortable wait time but what those are can be very individual.

I don't expect a dog to wait more than 8 hours, and I know that some cannot be comfortable beyond 5 or 6. But most healthy dogs can wait 5 hours after they are five-six months old. Many dogs can wait more than 8 hours - but for some that will be uncomfortable so arrangements need to be made so that is not required in those cases.

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I don't expect a dog to wait more than 8 hours, and I know that some cannot be comfortable beyond 5 or 6.

Heh. Madigan has an iron bladder.
If I've been out all day, the first thing Kenzie and Murphy want to do when I get home is go outside. Madigan doesn't. She'll hang out for up to an hour or so before she decides she needs to pee. I remember once freaking out because I hadn't been home in 10 hours, and rushing to let them out... and still, Maddie wasn't ready to go yet.
Same thing in the morning. Usually she'll go out with the other two when I get up, but sometimes she wants to hang around a while first.

Bladder the size of Texas, that one. :}

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