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Copper, whome we adopted almost 2 months ago, will be 1 year old next week! We had him almost housebroken - I thought - but the last week has been terrible! He has peed on the couch dailey, has even peed in his crate twice, and this morning pooped on the kitchen floor! We take him out all the time, and most of the times he peed or pooped in the house he had just come in from outside - so I know thats not it. Its always during a moment when he is not getting the attention that he wants. However, he gets sooo much attention from us all day long! The kids are home from school and play with him all day long! Do you think it is possible that he just is untrainable? I really dont know what else to do.
 

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Do you think there is a health reason? Maybe he's not feeling well?

I wouldn't think he's untrainable since he was doing well. It seems that there must be some other reason.
 

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Maybe he has UTI? If he is fine health wise, I would guess it is a small set back, a lot of dogs tend to get a LOT worse before they are better. Keep doing what you are, crate him, take him out a lot, and you'll see he will be fine.

But first thing you should do is check that he doesn't have UTI.
 

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Bonnie,
I agree with the idea of having him check for a UTI. I think I might cover the couch with something for a while or make him stay off completely. Even though you have cleaned the couch and can't see or smell anything, he probably can. Remember he had a year to develop bad habits in his old home and it will take time to change those habits.
 

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Get the vet to check him out first.
If he is OK go back to basics and treat him like a young puppy.
Take him out every hour,wait until he performs then treat and praise him.
Clean anywhere he has peed with biological washing powder to remove the scent.
 

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Yup, always rule out a medical problem first. Has he been fixed yet? Pooh Bear used to mark (pee) in the house a lot until we got him fixed. That stoped the marking in the house immediately.

Pooh Bear was 4 when we got him fixed, and after the surgery he has not marked in the house ever again.
 

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Bentley went through this once (except for the pooping thing) and it ended up that he had a UTI. I would definately get that checked out! He went back to normal after a course of antibiotics.

Good luck!
 

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ITA, check with the vet, but otherwise Copper just sounds like a Beagle! We are going through it here, too. Lucky is 15 months (got him at 13 months) and we are still working on it. Sometimes I think it might be harder for an older dog (vs starting as a little puppy). I think there is just regression stages (think back to your kids at that age. Remember the regressions they had, too? Sometimes I think beagles are like toddlers! LOL!!). Hang in there, it will happen!
 

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Lucy and Flora each had a stage like that around 8-9 months. We thought we had done so well at housetraining, then all of a sudden it was like they had had no training at all. There were some dominence issues at the same time: for example, Lucy jumped up on me, then peed in my lap. And on my bed pillows, and.... We just went back to young puppy rules, and revoked furniture and bed privileges. In a few weeks, everything was back to normal. We called it the teenage beagle stage.

Do check with the vet, though.

Sylvia
 

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Bonnie, are you usually away when these accidents happen? Are you in a different room?
 

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Dont give up. beagles (and all dogs) have set backs. You'll get there in the end.
 
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