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I've had my 3yr old beagle/basset mix for 3 months now. When I brought him home from the shelter, I put him on a schedule. I took him out on a leash after meals, naps, and playtime. I walk him twice a day....30-45 min. Since last weekend, he has peed in the house everyday. Yesterday, he peed three times and in front of me each time. The last time was 20 minutes after we got home from our walk.

While he's doing it, I call his name and say "no". He looks at me and continues to do it. I've even picked him up and brought him outside so he can go but he's done by then.

The dog has access to the backyard all day. I know he goes while he's outside but sometimes, he's so busy following his nose that he forgets to go. Am I right to put him back on the schedule of taking him out after meals, naps, and playtime?

Are beagles difficult to housetrain? I also have an 11yr old basset hound and I don't remember it being this difficult and she's stubborn too.

Suggestions?

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Eowyn
 

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My first suggestion is to be sure that it isn't a medical issue like an infection. If he tends to go pee outside most of them time and has recently started peeing in the house it could be an infection.

Beagles can be a bit to housetrain at times. My Molly took months and months and would still sometimes have accidents from being nervous. Vazzle learned quickly and the only time she had house accidents was when she had an infection.
 

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Hi Eowyn,
If no health issues try this:

First things first, restart training schedule and use a crate until training is complete. No free run of house. Make double sure to clean any spot with a cleaner like Natures Miracle to remove scent marker. What ever you do , do not fuss at dog for accident in house , just retrain behavior.

Retrain from scratch just as you would a new dog. Use same cue word every time , and say cue word when dog starts to potty and give lavish praise. When in home do not let do have free run while training. If you want dog with you just use short tether to you so you can see dog and watch for any sign of needing to go out. If you can't supervise dog he should be in crate. After you have had some success for a few days , continue to praise dog and give treat right when dog finishes correct potty behavior, and, start letting you dog run free in house for perhaps an hour in room you are in only.

When you think you are getting good training results , start to look for signs when your Beag may want out.

Excerpt from a post by Mom2Beagles and is very correct. IMO > beags don't often have an easy signal to tell when they have to go, that's why I suggest the schedule. Watch for her sniffing around in one area or walking to the door and back to you. <


Are all dogs in your home neutered?
Has any other dog or other animal been to your home recently?
Try to think of anything that may have changed lately , for example: new person in your home , other animal scent on you or something new inside home or anything new outside that may come in with you as a new scent.

Let us know how things go , oldhounddog



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Hi Oldhounddog,

I’ve been using Nature’s Miracle on all spots after cleaning. No fuss is made. I give him a firm “no” and bring him outside on a leash to the same spot each time. I wait 5-10 minutes for him to go and praise him when he goes. If he doesn’t go during that time, I let him off leash.

Supervising the dog indoors is easy. He is always in a room with someone so I will train people to look for clues. I will stick to the schedule and start from scratch.

Daisy (Basset Hound) is spayed. No dogs have visited, but my old dogs’ scents may still in the house. They died in Dec 2011 and Apr 2012. Cooper inherited the dog beds and toys. Everything was washed.

Another animal scent on me….YES! Last Sat, I had to cat-sit for a friend. When I came home, he was all over me. Maybe it's something as simple as that. No accidents yesterday.

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Another animal scent on me….YES! Last Sat, I had to cat-sit for a friend. When I came home, he was all over me. Maybe it's something as simple as that. No accidents yesterday.
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Eowyn
Yes , it could be that simple. It will be very important to correct as quickly as possible , so , back on the schedule is good will help. You taking him to a regular spot also is a big plus. Sounds like you have things going in the right direction. If you have a crate it may be a good idea to crate him at night. No water , 2 hours before bed time.

Beagles do communicate the need to go out , it is just subtle when compared to other breeds.

Best , oldhounddog



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