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Old 11-12-2016, 09:13 PM
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Potty Training Issues at 7 months

My beagle puppy is just shy of 7 months and potty training is still pretty inconsistent.

From 9-3ish, he is kept in an ex. pen in the living room which opens to a doggy door and small patio. He has never had an accident in the pen when I am gone at work. He has probably had 2-4 accidents in the pen when I am home.

When I'm home, I want to open the ex. pen so he has access to the rest of the living room/me and still has access to the doggy door (if I'm home and he's in the pen, he screams for attention which is the bigger maddening problem, but seems like it would be solved by him just being trustworthy out of the pen). When he has access to the living room, he's very unreliable. Sometimes he goes outside on his own, sometimes he'll just pee on the floor. For the most part, I try to keep track of him and intentionally put him out to pee every 30-45 minutes or so.

I'm wondering if there are any suggestions to speed this process? I feel like I'm going to lose my mind if I have to continue paying attention to him every moment for more months. I can't take a break and leave him in the ex. pen because he screams and makes me lose my mind more.

Also, any suggestions for helping him realize that no peeing in our house also means no peeing indoors anywhere? He is 0% reliable to not pee in my parents' house when we go there.
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How much exercise and stimulation is the dog getting? Mental and physical...
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:23 PM
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Try tethering (also called umbilical cord training)
Basically connect him to you with a leash while you are home. Or even at your parents etc
Lets you supervise and still get stuff done and keeps him from wandering
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:14 AM
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I think what might be happening by keeping him in the pen with free access to the outdoors you've never trained him to hold his bladder. I would restrict his access to outside and start potty training him back from square one. Constant supervision when he's inside, either in the pen, tethered to you or if he has some free reign. Start with taking him out every 30-45 mins, within a couple of days you should be able to work him up to 3-4 hours between potty breaks without too much issue.

Here's the most important part (and I think the main reason why he's not getting the connection between peeing outside = good, peeing inside = not so good) -- When he goes potty outside, immediately after he does his business give him A LOT of praise and a VERY high quality treat or two. This teaches him that really great things happen when he pees outside.

Once he's consistently doing this with zero accidents you can start to give him more freedom and start fading out the treats and super praise with him going outside. Now when when my pup (almost 2 years) goes outside he just gets a 'good boy' and sometimes an ear scratch. He's 100% reliable in my home and other houses/places we frequent and about 99% reliable in new places.
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@Thisisme19 do you have any recommendations for doing this around my work schedule (9-3ish)? Do you think it could be done if I only practice during weekends?
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@Thisisme19 do you have any recommendations for doing this around my work schedule (9-3ish)? Do you think it could be done if I only practice during weekends?
Here's what I did working 9-5. Until you're 100% sure that he's not going to potty in the house I would stay as consistent as possible.

First thing in the morning we'd go for a 10-15 min walk.
Then I'd feed him and get ready for work. (If you have a pup that needs to poo shortly after eating then you'll need to add a second walk in before leaving for work.)
Then I'd set him up with some water, bed & toys in his pen and leave for work. -- When he was young 2-4 months old either I or a dogwalker would come in at lunch and take him out to pee, in this time frame I would also leave a pee pad out for him. I think for you, I'd skip both of these steps though. Then once you're home I would take him out every 2 hours to start, then you can bump up the time in between trips out as he gets better. Eventually you'll be able to get down to 3-4 potty trips per day.

If goes a couple days in a row peeing in his pen, then I would look into having someone come and let him out half way through the day for a week or two then try all day again.

Let me know how it goes!
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I can tell you what worked for us, which of course is no guarantee. We took Samantha outside every 30 minutes, during the day, and every time she would pee or poop she got lots of praise and treat rewards. It really only took her between two to three weeks to learn that peeing or pooping outside was her virtual key to the pantry. Once she caught on, she never again had an accident inside, as that, she quickly learned yielded zero rewards. That was over seven years ago, and she still gets treats after going outside to do what she needs to do. Of course this works much better if your dog is food driven, as Samantha was.
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