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Old 06-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help - she's 3 and still pees?

Hi all you fellow Beagle lovers.

I rescued a Beagle about 4 months ago. Female, 3 years old. She has this random peeing problem. I cannot figure out any rhyme or reason to it. I can be gone for 6 hours, she doesn't pee. Gone for an hour and she does. It's frustrating.

She (Molly) is a very timid dog. I don't really know her history other than what the Humane Society told me and it doesn't really jive with her behavior.

What do I do? I can't potty train her when I don't even know WHY it happens. I let her out a least 6-8 times a day just to be safe. I'm baffled/perplexed.

She also has very watery eyes, don't know if that is just allergies or if her tear ducks are clogged? There isn't any smell, just water.

I'd appreciate any help/ideas anyone has. I love her to bits (and so does my 7 year old male Beagle) but I'd love her a little more if she wasn't peeing (just teasing).
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My three year old was trained by his show handler and breeder to do his duties on the cement that they had in the outside pen for the dogs. To break him of that habit, was tough enough, now he is peeing and pooing inside, but there are times when he'll go for weeks with no "accidents" and then another week it's everyday. It's driving me nuts, and my husband is going to wear out the carpet washing it so often. Ideas?
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Oh, welcome to my world! My Chloe had never even been inside a house when I rescued her, and I think she's around 4 years old or so (nobody knows). My living room carpet is trashed! It's been a year now, and after having to wear underpants all of the time for many months, she's down to 1 or 2 accidents a week. I have found that soaking all of the stains with Nature's Miracle (really soaking) and then using many cotton towels to soak that up, has made the most difference. If they can still smell the scent of urine, they will continue to pee in those areas.

I bought a few dozen cotton "shop towels" at Target in the auto department for just a little $$, and wash with bleach when I have a full load.
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Have you had her checked by a vet? Sometimes random peeing is a symptom of a urinary tract infection. Also, timid dogs do pee if something frightens her. I have had rescues who were afraid of the sound of a motorcycle or fan. Good luck!
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Sounds like Molly and Sadie are alot alike. Sadie was in the shelter for 3 months and was picked up as a stray. I have no idea how long she was on her own. She was a real bear to house train. We give her a special treat when she goes potty outside. This is the only time we give her this treat. It took about 3 months for her to have an ah ha moment now she comes and gets us to go out. I hope Molly will have the same ah ha.

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Default maybe crate training can help

Most people think crate training is something dogs hate.

Nervous, timid or dogs that have been traumatized can find security
in a small space where they can feel safe.

If your dog is reacting to stressors that might not be easily distinguished
giving her a safe haven might help.

Make sure you set it up right by letting her explore the crate with the door
open for a while. Throw in a treat or put her in there. Praise her a lot when she enters and stop immediately when she leaves. Do this over and over
and in time she will stay a little because she associates all the praise with
being inside. Dogs are creatures of habit and she can learn to generalize
those feelings to the crate.

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Default 3 and still peeing

Your dog may be peeing because of scent markers left from previous episodes.

You have to change her entire way of being in your home to deal with this
as it is an established habit.

Firstly,stop giving her freedom in the house. Put her on a short leash and keep her tied to a piece of furniture whenever she is in the house. Few dogs will
pee when they have to sit in it. Supervise her at all times and if you do see
her squatting to pee, correct her and immediately take her outside.

When you can't supervise her keep her outside or in a crate.
I have seen dogs that had pee'd in the house for 8 straight years stop after
4-6 weeks of this.

The longer the bad habit, the longer to solution. If you find that doing this
stops her from peeing, you will know that you have made a solid start.

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