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Hello all.

Our new beagle, Scout is having some tough times house training. The people we adopted him from said he was house trained but I'm not sure they were telling the truth.

My question is, at about 11 months old, what is the best way to house train a dog. I know it will be difficult, so patience and lots of floor cleaner is key but I am willing to try anything.

Share your successes!!

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Eric most of my housetraining is limited to a puppie but probably in someways about the same. First thing when he wakes in morning and last thing at night before bedtime. Now the inbetween times you will probably have to use your on judgement on them. Since usually by this age they can hold it longer. Going times during day would probably be like anytime he starts sniffing around on floor of roaming from one room to another. But if he should have that indoor accident not only clean it good but spray something to cover his order,also. If not it will confuse him into thinking that one spot where he smells his order is ok to use indoors. When he does go out try to let him go in same spot he always goes and give him plenty "good boy".
 

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My Li'l Girl was around a year old when we adopted her, and she wasn't house trained. We used a crate for training. When we couldn't watch her, she was put in the crate. Other times, we kept a close eye on her and took her outside when she started sniffing, circling, etc. It didn't take long, but we did have other dogs which I think may be a help since they seem to learn from one another.
 

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In addition to the crate training, you can tether your dog to you. Sounds like a pain, but many people have success with this method. When he is not in his crate and when you can't sit there and watch him, attach him to you with his leash. Run it through your belt loop. This way he can't get more than the length of his leash away from you, so you have excellent control of him and he can't wander off and pee.

BTW, when I crate trained one of my dogs, I never let her feet touch the ground when I got her out, especially in the mornings. I opened the crate and immediately picked her up and carried her outside to the potty area. Otherwise, she'd take two steps out of the crate and squat. I really think this shortened her training time.
 

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House training is tough I must agree, but to ease things up crate is the best solution. 11 months old might have a little tough time crate training, he might cry in the crate.
Are you home most of the time? One way to train him is to leash him along where ever you go in the house, tag him along. That way you can see when he circle around himself, pick him up immediately and out the yard he goes. Yes, I didn't try this way, although Charlie's trainer taught us. Too much hassle.
I trained Charlie with two bells hanging on the patio door at his height. Rub his nose against it several time before I let him out, at the same time saying to him "go pee pee, good boy"
Couple times doing it, he picked it up already.




Good Luck.
 
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