Hi Everyone! I introduced myself earlier this week as a new owner of an 11 month old beagle named Copper. I found Copper through an ad in the paper. The previous owners had purchased him from a breeder, and had crate trained him. However, they were honest with us that they werent able to housebreak him. but we figured we'd have better luck as we have more time with him during the day to work on it. SOOOOOO, we have had him almost a month. We had him neutured almost two weeks ago. Our schedule is as follows: In the morning I take him for a walk when I walk with the kids to school, then he spends the rest of the day with my husband at work, then I pick him up when I am done with work and the kids and I walk him home. We have a fenced in yard and the kids play with him outdoors if the weather isnt too crummy (I do live in Washington State after all!) and after dinner, the kids go to bed and Copper cuddles with my husband on the couch while he watches TV until we go to bed about 11:00. Then he goes willingly into his crate, gets a treat, and sleeps well all night. He never has accidents in his crate. (One of us takes him outside every 2-3 hours all day long, and more frequent in the evening. ANd we PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE him when he goes outside!)We have a puppy gate and he is only allowed in the family room/kitchen area of the house. There are two times when he has accidents and I figured out what to do about the first time, but not the second. The first time is when we all leave the family room/kitchen area, such as when my husband and I put the kids to bed. THis usually takes about 20-30 minutes as even though our kids are 8 years old we have a family tradition of reading a Read Aloud book each night to them when they are in bed. It seemed that each time we did this I would come downstairs to find a little puddle waiting for me. After a couple times of having this happen I figured out that Copper doesnt like us to all leave him alone downstairs. SO now when we leave the room I put him in his crate - and the problem is solved! (Except all the barking he does when he is in the crate - but thats a whole other issue!) The only other time he is crated is Sunday morning for about 4 hours, and at various random times through the week when both my husband and I are gone at the same time, but he really isnt in his crate very much. He is so spoiled with lots of love and attention all day long! ANyways, the second time he has accidents is really random as far as I can tell. This evening I took him for a walk after putting the kids to bed. He came inside and I played with him for a while, then sat down at the table to do some work while he went and lay on a blanket on the couch. THe next thing I know is my husband came in the room and announced HE peed! and sure enough - he did it again! He did it on the blanket on the couch! I just dont get it! THese random times just dont make sense to me. Was it because he wasnt getting my undivided attention? The blanket was just recently washed (he had peed on it once last week too) so I know he didnt smell anything on it. It seems that these random accidents are usually in the evening. Sometimes on a blanket, sometimes on a couch and sometimes on the floor. I know this is a long e-mail, but maybe there is some clue in his history or our daily schedule that could help us. The accidents are all pee, no poo. Any ideas are welcome!
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