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Re-House training an older dog?

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I’ve had a beagle and a basset hound since they were puppies. I just recently moved and I’m having a HUGE house breaking problem. One is two, the other is three. In the past house they had a back yard, but I had roommates who never let them out when we weren’t home, so they were “un-trained” I guess. Since moving to a smaller apartment, they eliminate on the floor ANY time we leave the apartment, even if we just run to the car. We have ZERO room for two crates. We always clean up the spots with the proper cleaner…yet it still happens!! They are taken outside very frequently. There have been times I’ve been gone 8 hours and not a single spot on the floor, so I know they CAN hold it, but why won’t they? Is there ANYTHING I can do that doesn’t involve a crate?
The dogs are rarely alone for more than 8 hours, I dont expect them to hold it that long, thanks. I was using that as an example. I don’t have a coffee table, but MAY be able to re-arrange to stack them (THANKS for a GOOD answer, not a judgmental one!)

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Answer by Fairydogmother
No. Remove a coffee table and install crate. You can stack the kennels, actually. Beagle upstairs; basset downstairs. Kennel them. You’re setting them up for failure without meaning to. Sorry.

Make sure that you properly kennel train them tho! Kenneling isn’t a punishment. It is a place to have a high value treat, comfy bed, and some good snooze time alone.

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  • Well does your apartment have a balcony? I suggest getting a doggy door and then get one of the potty matts or false grass matts to put outside on the balcony. if you don’t have a balcony, you’d either have to find somewhere in the house for them to use as a bathroom, like the actual bathroom, use a potty matt there, or hire a dog walker. and on the holding it part, yes sometimes they can sometimes they can’t, because sometimes they drank more water haven’t gone in a longer period of time, it all depends. If you had you go to the bathroom and then had to hold if for 8 hours, could you? probably not, so what makes your dog different?

  • Hi,

    The good news is it’s fairly easy to teach an old dog this new trick. In fact, adult dogs are easier and faster to housetrain than puppies, especially if you use a crate. The key to rock-solid housetraining is to start the day your dog comes home. If you stick closely to the following routine, you should be able to housetrain an adult dog within a week, or less. here are more training tips:

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