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I have a 6month old boxer who has accidents from time to time in the house. This wouldn't be so out of the ordinary for a puppy except for the fact that when he goes in the house its always in a long trail, as if he can no longer hold it, or doesn't have the ability to stop.

I've trained him to let me know when he needs to go (He barks and jumps up and down when he needs to poo) and even answers with a bark when I ask if he needs to go out. However it seems like he needs to go out and pee an awful lot (4-8 times a day) and if I'm not asking every hour or two he makes an accident.

Are urinary problems a possible reason for these accidents? He is a puppy after all, but I hate to be scolding him for something he can't control.
 

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I don't think every few hours is unreasonable for a pup. Try bell training him to get his communication about potty time better. He may just need to go and realizes he should not do it in the house so he is wandering in frustration making a pee trail.
 

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Kash is a sprinkler  - If I took him out 10 times a day he would pee.   Tee Hee Hee.  With pups they are still learning to hold their bladder and if he is going a bit more, could be because he is consuming more water etc.

However....any signs that I have seen out of my dogs wit UTI are just weird behavior like Hanna onetime peed right on the couch.  Peed while standing up on my lap at the table, or after you let them out, they go like 10 minutes later and its like the size of a quarter.  

Accidents can happen even over a year, but its the weirdness and the uncommon ones that usually make UTI seem possible.   I would observe for any of that, and if so take in a urine sample to rule it out.
 

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Well he's trained to get my attention via barking and jumping (which he does) and responding to "do you need to go out?" (to which a single bark means yes). I fear a bell on the door would just complicate things at this point as it jingles and would probably be more tempting to play than anything else.

However  your theory on why he leaves a trail sounds logical.  I just can't figure out why he doesn't alert us before hand, its never in the same spot either.
 

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Sometimes they just are subtle in their sign and we as busy people miss it. I bet it will get better, you just have to be very vigialant.
 

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Well, some accidents are weird. like he's never had a problem holding it in his kennel before but a couple weeks ago he  literally unloaded his bladder in there, right in his bed. Then he did it again about a week later, no warning bark no whimper...nothing. Yesterday he went on the couch which is VERY odd because its one of his favorite places to lay. We've had him since he was 7 weeks and he's never gone in a place he normally curls up in. I would say these incidents are odd.

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Kash is a sprinkler  - If I took him out 10 times a day he would pee.   Tee Hee Hee.  With pups they are still learning to hold their bladder and if he is going a bit more, could be because he is consuming more water etc.

However....any signs that I have seen out of my dogs wit UTI are just weird behavior like Hanna onetime peed right on the couch.  Peed while standing up on my lap at the table, or after you let them out, they go like 10 minutes later and its like the size of a quarter.  

Accidents can happen even over a year, but its the weirdness and the uncommon ones that usually make UTI seem possible.   I would observe for any of that, and if so take in a urine sample to rule it out.
 

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If he is going out of his normal routine and it seems odd to you then it may well be the start of a bladder infection.  If you can ask your vet if you can bring a urine sample in to be tested, without bringing him in.  As long as it is a fresh sample (from the same day) they should be able to test it for trace of blood that you may not be able to see....:)
 

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Those are kind of suspect as odd to me. You might want to drop off a urine sample to the vet. It's alway's possible to have a UTI. They get sudden intense urge to go and well they do. At least if it's nothing you know where to go from there.
 
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