Help with a Dumb dog

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by woody63m, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. woody63m

    woody63m New Member

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    How do you house break a six year old beagle that is retarded we have puppy pads down and he knows its okay to pee on them if he needs to but he continues to pee on everything expensive such as a feather down mattress cover for his sake and mine help is he is running out of chances and my patience is running thin real thin those things are expenisve
     
  2. Powersportgiant

    Powersportgiant New Member

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    The best way to train a dog is to scare the sh#t out of it. Get an aluminum can, put 15 or 20 pennies in it and tape the top. Keep it close by and if you can catch the dog about to squat or start peeing, shake the hell out of that can. Worked for me on my Doberman and my lab. I learned that hitting a god as discipline does nothing, scare them good and they hate being scared, it fixes the problem. Worth a shot at least.
     

  3. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    Watch him like a hawk. Unless he is exhibiting "marking behavior", he's just not getting outside frequently enough.

    As soon as you notice him sniffing around, or otherwise "disappearing from view", make him go outside, and use the word outside when you do.

    Eventually he will put it together.
     
  4. woody63m

    woody63m New Member

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    I woke up an toom a pee and starting making his breakfast he was still asleep he snuck in and peed all over the mattress cover he is sneaky when we first got him he would just hike his leg and pee and you could hear it now he sqats and puts his boy parts on the carpet or whatever and pees so you cant hear it he knows iys wrong and he knows if he goes to the door we will take him out anothwr thing he does is we will take him out and he will pee a whole lot and as soo. As we come back in he will go hide and pee in the house he is in his cage now thats what we have been doing
    I do however like the pennies in a can idea.
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Pennies in a can is a great idea. I had a beagle once with the exact same problem, I got rid of her, sat outside the animal shelter while people were coming and going looking to adopt a dog, figured someone is going to want a free dog instead of an adoption fee.

    I decided that beagles may be just good for nothing but hunting.
     
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  6. UrbanNinja

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    Have his kidneys and liver checked. He may an uncontrollable bladder from failure in 1 of the 2. I had an issue like this with a Bull Mastiff when he turned 7. He passed away less than a year later from kidney failure.

    If it is not an issue for him medically, do as others have said. Keep a close eye on him and try to scare him while catching him in the act. There is also a product called "Out!". It is a spray that attracts the dog to the specific area that you WANT him to pee. You can spray it on the puppy pads or out in your yard. It worked great for my boxer when he was a puppy. No accidents in the last 16 months for him. He is now 2 years old.
     
  7. Ranger-6

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    Take the dog outside to where you want the dog to pee. Then you pee at that location so the dog can see what you want. When the dog pee's reward him/her with praise. Problem solved.
     
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  8. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I really wish you luck but it's going to be very difficult to housebreak a six year old dog. That behavior needs to be taught from the beginning. Punishing him will just probably make it worse. And is not fair to the dog. As someone wrote, it might be a medical condition. Check how much water he's drinking. And the salt and sugar in his diet. If he's drinking a lot he might have diabetes. I had a Jack Russell male that was house broken, but as he got older he had to pee about every hour. Drove me nuts, but it wasn't his fault. Ranger's suggestion is good.
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    He is doing it on purpose. Go pee in his bed.:D
     
  10. Bear304inc

    Bear304inc New Member

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    Question, have you had the dog long? Is he new to the house, if so you may be dealing with a male dog that is trying to show you he's boss.
     
  11. downsouth

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    At this point there is no need to train the dog. After six years of the same behavior, he has y'all trained. Woody, beagles just don't make good house pets, I've tried.

    When you take the dog outside it probably drops its nose to the ground like most. Except yours keeps its nose to the ground and runs whatever perimeter it has. That's what they're bred for. Search for scent, run that sent and then run the animal. High energy.

    I'm not saying that some beagles can't make a decent house dog. I am saying yours needs to run and run and then bring him in for the night.

    Good luck.
     
  12. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    downsouth probably nailed it!
     
  13. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    Like I said, been there done that. Made sure the beagle got on a farm. I think that was the best I could do for the dog.
     
  14. Bear304inc

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    Second that, there are some breeds that just don't do well as housedogs, husky's are one, irish wolfhounds are another, list actually goes on for awhile. More than dog owners know prior to realizing . Some dogs need space to spend their energy, otherwise you may be buying new furniture, comforters, carpet etc. Till you figure it out the hard way...
     
  15. winds-of-change

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    And I agree with others, most scent hounds are hard to housebreak.

    I recommend getting a crate for in the house. At first, keep him crated whenever you aren't with him. As soon as you let him out of the crate, take him outside. Praise him when he pees or poops. Bring him back in, give him a small treat. After about a half hour, crate him again before he has time to fill his bladder to pee in the house. Give him plenty of run time outside for exercise. Do this for a week or two and it might work.

    But the problem might be he now has his 'pee scent' all over the house and he'll continue to want to pee there. You can wash your bedding but the carpet might be a different story.

    I hope he's neutered. An intact beagle........well, let's just say......good luck housebreaking him. LOL
     
  16. SSGSF

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    You can't teach an old dog new tricks but you can get a new dog
     
  17. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I accidentally ended up with a Boston Terrier that is dumber than a hammer. Sweet as can be, but simply does not understand that peeing in the house is a no no. He gets to chill in the crate whenever he is not under immediate supervision. Can't fix stupid.
     
  18. amoroque

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    I agree with Urban Ninja, get the dogs bladder, kidneys and liver checked out. He might be trying to show you there is a problem with his urinary tract.
     
  19. griffin81

    griffin81 New Member

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    I have a 2 year old Bassett hound and he was tuff to house break so I got him fixed at about 1 1/2 years old due to hip problems a I decided I didn't want to bread puppy's that would have a 50/50 chance of having hip trouble. Anyway once I had him fixed I took him to a dog training class once a week for 7 weeks and I will say the time I spent working with him outside and inside really helped him with all his training so far it's been months without any accidents. The penny's in a can work for some dogs I've had but not with him but I did find that healthy treat rewards like giving him cheese on walks when he pees out side. Also only rewarding him when he comes in from our yard if he did business helped I would take him out on his leash and walk him around the yard till he did something then I would parse him an give him a small bite of cheese. I tried a lot of treats but sharp cheese worked best for us. Best of luck. Lots of rewards and outside walks helped us a lot. I think getting him fixed also helped with him marking in the house.

    play the victim, be the victim
     
  20. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    You start breaking pups at 6 to 8 weeks regardless of the breed. At 6 years it is not the dogs problem. Some one neglected the animal and now they want a house broke dog. It won't happen. Beagles in that age range have a very high rate of prostate problems if it is a male see the Vet.:)