Post # 1
I have had dogs all my life, and housebreaking has always been really easy (probably mostly because my mom did it, and I didn’t realize all the work that goes with it.) I now have a 1 year old beagle named Millie. Beagles are notoriously hard to housebreak.
I’ve been doing all of the potty training things since she was 11 weeks old (crating, tethering for a week, praising her outside, watching for her signals, etc.)
Without a doubt, she has come a long way. She asks to go out sometimes, and she knows that when she is out, it is time to do her business. HOWEVER, she continues to have accidents inside. It is like she understands that it is good to go outside, but she doesn’t get that it is bad to go inside.
It’s really frustrating because a lot of times they are just small puddles – which makes me think it isn’t because she really has to go very bad and is holding it. Also, she does it sometimes right after peeing outside.
I always imagined that housebreaking would be done in a couple of intense weeks. I didn’t think it would be a slow process that would take a year to master. I’m hoping that some bees have similar stories that will give me hope that she will make those final last steps to being completely housebroken.
Post # 3
Our first dog had a tough time – he was 4 months and still have the random accident in the house. By the time he was a year, we were in the clear thankfully.
Just keep trying, eventually it will pay off. Our lab (14 months) still has accidents here and there – and around 8 months, he did the ‘walk and pee’ throughout our entire house.. twice. Including up and down the steps. Thanks dog.
Have you thought on monitoring water intake and taking it away after certain times? I take water away after 9PM, and I still try to take them out every couple hours. Maybe take her out more, and make her stay outside until she goes twice.
My girlfriend has a 1-2 year old mix that she is having a hard time with. Some days she’s great, and others, not so much. Just keep trying and don’t give up.
Post # 4
Thanks! I will def. try the water intake thing. That might help with morning accidents. Also, I hate the “Walk and Pee” !!!!
Post # 5
I wrote out a long post with a billion suggestions, but then I re-read your orignal post and realized you’d already tried them all! 🙂
The only thing I could think of is that perhaps she has a UTI? When you said you sometimes find small puddles or that she goes right after coming inside, it made me wonder. Of course, a year is a really long time to have a UTI so that might not beit…but maybe there is another medical reason? Have you talked to your vet about the issues? Maybe he/she can do a blood workup and make sure her kidneys are working, etc.
Post # 6
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It took us several months to potty train. I grew up with dogs but they were never trained and had accidents their whole lives…so I had no idea that it was even possible. But it is!! And I’m so thankful.
If it took our dog several months, I could easily see a breed that is hard to potty train taking upwards of a year. You are doing great, keep up the hard work!
Post # 7
My baby boy Boone, a yellow lab will be a year next month. We’ve had him since 6 weeks old and I’m “hoping” we are in the clear now. It’s been almost 2 weeks with no accident! It’s been an ordeal with him though!
Post # 8
It was a few weeks for our dog to be ‘mostly’ reliable. a few months with ‘the ocassional accident’ and about a year to completely trustworthy.
Post # 9
I’ve heard that small dogs, in general, are hard to train.
My golden was trained by 10 weeks and ringing a bell to go out by 15. I joke that he came trained, but we were pretty nutty for the first two weeks. We crate trained and took him out every 45 minutes for the first two days (even in the middle of the night), then every hour for two days after that, then added time as we thought he could handle it. The only time he had an accident was when we weren’t paying attention to his signals or my Fiance didn’t watch the clock.
Post # 10
If I were you I would continue tethering until the problem is solved.
My girl is the Apple of my eye but she was a PAIN to potty train. It didn’t help that I lived in a 3rd floor apartment so when ever she had to go I had to run her down two flights if stairs! I ended up tethering her with a 6 foot leash for almost 2 months. If she wasn’t attached to me she was in her crate (or we were playing, lol). I alsi kept a treat pouch on me at ALL times. So even if she would start to pee inside i would see her (cuz she was attached to me), scoop her up, and run her outside. As she finished outside I would give her a treat.
Was it fun? Hell no! But now I KNOW she isn’t going to go inside!
Post # 11
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: It really just depends on the dog. My ex and I got a dog from the pound who was 10 weeks old and he NEVER had an accident. he even slept through the night the first night – it was nuts.
Post # 12
I think some dogs are just more difficult than others.
I previously had a yorkie, Cody, and he was aweful to train. He consistantly had accidents and can always remember cleaning up messes even when he knew to pee outside.
We now have a 10 mos old lab, Maverick, and he basically came potty trained at 11 weeks old. He has only 2 accidents the entire time we have had him and both were our fault (getting him too excited before taking him out when we got home).
I would keep doing what you are doing just more intensely. In the end of Cody’s life we had to literally take him out every two hours and watch him pee to ensure no accidents. I would do this as well as bring treats outside and give her a treat as soon as she goes. If she asks to go out give her a treat and then another treat right after she goes. This will be a lot of work on your part because you have to make sure you are outside with her when she is peeing so that she associates peeing with the treats directly.
Good Luck – I know how frustrating it can be.
Post # 13
One of my dogs seriously took about 4 days before he was absolutely solid and never peed inside again. The other took several weeks just because she’s a little sillier =)
Post # 14
What a cute pup!
My husband got our dog before I was around, so I’ve only heard stories. Apparently the first thing he did when he got home was run upstairs and pee on his bed, and then that was the last time he ever peed inside the house. He had so many other issues though, he was quite the crazy puppy, so it’s nice of him to at least do his peeing outside, my husband had enough to deal with!
Post # 15
That sounds like a UTI to me.
Post # 16
It took a little bit– at 11 months now he has not had an indoor-accident in our apartment since month 8 or so. Remember also that puppies do not have fully grown bladders, so it will get easier as he gets bigger.