My 12-13 year old puppy isn't learning

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Old 09-17-2016, 01:11 AM
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My 12-13 year old puppy isn't learning

I've done quite a few different things to try to train him correctly, but nothing seems to be working. Whenever he decides to go in the house, one of the things I've been told to do is to make him acknowledge it, tap him with a bit of force to say "That's bad", and throw him outside for a few minutes. However, when we let him in, he does the exact same thing not even five minutes later. I'm taking him out regularly and he usually goes when he's out, but I don't get why he's not understanding that he can't go inside.

Any tips? If it wasn't obvious, I'm new to this, so I'm still not /entirely/ sure what I'm doing. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-17-2016, 01:30 AM
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Has he ever been trained before? Was he previously an outdoor dog? Where did he live before coming to you?
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:35 AM
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Is this a puppy or adult dog?

Stop punishing him when he has an accident. It is counterproductive and not teaching your dog anything except possibly that you're unpredictable around pee and poop (which could lead him to not wanting to go in front of you inside or outside).

Clean the places where he's had accidents with an enzymatic cleaner.

Follow the process outlined here House Training How Tos:

This isn't a quick process, but it's relatively easy. If this is a puppy, he still has a few months before he has full bladder control. If this is an adult dog who's been practicing this behavior for years, he's developed a strong habit that you'll need to overcome.

* If this is an adult dog and a new behavior, get him checked for a UTI. If this is a puppy, he's probably just being a puppy. If supervision and a strict schedule don't seem to be working, a vet check would be prudent.
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Is this a 12-13 year old, month old, or week old, dog or puppy?

I ask because the bladder difference in each age is pretty large, and different things could be going on.

First off stop the punishment, as Cookieface said, it rarely teaches them what you think. Even it you get the timing exactly right, and by that I mean you correct them right as they are pottying, or a second or two after (and the correction must be done then and no later then a second or two after) the dog or puppy will likely associate that it's pottying, not pottying in the house, that gets him punished and so will sneak off to potty where you cannot see him. If you correct the dog any later then a second or two after he potties then it's the sight of pee or poo, not the action of peeing and pooing, that he thinks gets him corrected.

Have you taken the dog/puppy to the vet to make sure nothing medical is going on? Something like a kidney or bladder infection, diabetes, UTI, bladder stones, or incontinence, could be what's causing the dog to pee so frequently. If the dog is 12 to 13 years old that really could be the problem, the older the dog is the more likely medical problems become.

The link that Cookieface provided is loaded with tips on housetraining, and will tell you how to go about housetraining your dog/puppy. One tip I can add to it is to spend a bit of extra time outside with the dog after it first pees to make sure it is finished, that's doubly true for a puppy since they can get distracted mid pee and wander off to investigate something before they are really finished. When that happens you'll bring them in and 5 minutes later they pee on your floor. If you don't want to wait around outside for him to finish up, bring him inside, confine him or tether him to you so he can't wander off and pee, then bring him back out in 5 minutes to finish pottying.
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I'm so sorry; I wrote this while I was really tired. I meant week old, not year. That's a big oops.
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