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Ok so my pup is now 4 and a half months. She knows that when she needs to go she will run to the back door. The problem is she will go right there in the house by the door right away. Even when I see he run to the door and I start heading that way, she will squat let as much out as she can then try to run and hide from me lol.

Also she pees in her crate alot also. Is there a way to help teach them to hold it or am I doing something wrong. Or do I just need to be patient and take her out more often. Thanks everyone!!!
 

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You do need to be patient, but also be alert.
When you see her head to the back door, be right the with her and if she squats, pick her up and say no, take her outside and when she pees outside, praise.
About the crate, you need to wash her bedding with a good detergent, like Nature's Miracle or something, to get all the smell out, or she'll go back to pee in there. Take her out of the crate and straight outside once an hour, praise-praise-praise.

And again, lots of patience. She is still very very young.
 

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I suggest frequent potty breaks every hour or two she's in the house. Be vigilant and give lots of praise when she does go outside. Also, try to regulate her water intake. We pull Bodie's water at around 7 pm. We then take him out one or two times afterwards and he always goes right away. Then at around 10:30-11 pm I take him out one last time before he goes in the crate for the night. He will hold it over night in the crate and is even lackadaisical in the morning (6 am) when it's time to get up and go outside. Considering he's only 15 weeks old we're very happy with the progress we're making.

One thing we're going to do is put a bell by our front door and train him to ring it when it's potty-time. I just haven't got around to doing it yet.
 

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Originally Posted By: Chloe's Mommy you need to wash her bedding with a good detergent, like Nature's Miracle or something,
Winston pees in his crate too but only during the day, he holds it all night until about 4 or 5 AM then wakes me and taunts me cuz he doesn't want to leave his crate (I don't want to leave my nice warm bed either!)
I have nature's miracle in a spray for the floors, (works really well) Can I just add some of this to the wash for his bedding or is there actually a detergent too?
 

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Time, patience, praise, and consistency. It took months to get Duke fully trained. Violet was trained when we got her, but they both still have the occasional accident. So does Cassie, but at almost 13, she hasn't got the control anymore and we never scold her because she is so embarrassed when it happens. I think the beagles see her get away with it and think they can sometimes!
 

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Originally Posted By: Brien & Bodie
One thing we're going to do is put a bell by our front door and train him to ring it when it's potty-time. I just haven't got around to doing it yet.
How do you go about training them to do this, I put a bell there 2 days ago and started to rub her nose against it before we go out. Is this the right direction.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I will just have to start taking her out more often!
 

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Our beagle is just about the same age so I feel your pain! A couple of weekends ago I did a potty training boot camp where I really did not let him out of my site for the entire weekend. Like yours, he will walk over to the door when ready to go out. We've since learned that when he's heading in that direction we immediately say do you need to go outside.

Our guy also peed in his crate. He would pee on his blanket and then roll it up so he wasn't actually sitting in it - smart little guy. So we took his blanket away and after a couple of days with no accidents he would get it back. It's been a long road but I think he is really starting to get it.

I was thinking about the bell on the door but I'm concerned he'd be more interested in eating it???
 

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My approach would be to reward Bodie with a treat every time he nudges the bell with his nose when we go outside. Hopefully over time he will learn this behavior.

Since I haven't got one yet and gone through the process it's all theory. But Bodie's pretty quick at learning new things and I think this will be right up his ally. My concern would be him thinking it's a toy and wants to yank it down. So securing it will be essential.
 

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diesel did the same thing and i think its that they dont realize that they have to go potty until its way to late. so i would just give her more potty breaks. cause at 4 months their bladders are still small. it sounds like she is getting the hang of telling you she needs to go.. just give her time and more potty breaks and lots of patience and praise and love
 

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It's just like a newly potty-trained child not saying he has to go potty until too late to get there. Be alert, have potty breaks at a regular schedule, and keep at it. This is a normal stage. At this age, it is still your responsibility to be sure your puppy has enough opportunties to potty outside.

By having accidents by the door, at least you know she knows she is supposed to go outside!
 
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