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First things first, this is my first post here. seems to be a TON of information, which is awesome.

We have an 8 year old beagle, and a 1.5 year old mix (possibly full lancashire heeler, or lancashire heeler mixed with something). Anyway, the beagle USED to be mostly housebroken (an accident here or there, but it happens, right?). Then my wife and I got married almost a year ago. We got an apartment, and after a few squabbles, our dogs became best friends.

The problem is, ever since moving out of my parents house, the beagle has been having an increasing number of accidents. My wife will take the dogs out every hour or two, and the beagle will refuse to go potty. She prefers to sniff around and look for any pieces of poop we might have overlooked....she thinks they're delicious :confused: The beagle will even defecate/urinate in plain sight of my wife, after which she receives a prompt scolding of course, but it doesn't seem to help. I think the beagle is mildly retarded....

My wife takes them for a few walks a week, but that doesn't seem to help. The dogs are only in their crates when my wife is away, which currently, isn't much at all. Not more than two or three hours at a time.

Anyway, to make matters worse, It seems to have increased tenfold upon my departure to Iraq six months ago. My wife moved into a new apartment in early december of this past year, and in three short months, the apartment reeks of urine (or so I'm told).

First of all, I know the first response is going to be a vet visit. Roger, got it. relaying the message home tomorrow. But what else can we try?

Also, best way for removing urine scent from carpet? I think we're going to hire a pro, but for after that, should it keep happening, how can we keep the scent down?

Thanks in advance!
 

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First of all, thank you for your service to our country.

Second of all, after the vet visit if the dog gets a clean bill of health make cleaning the carpets your highest priority. Dogs are particular about where they pee and if they can smell the pee they're going to go there again. There are a lot of products on the market just for this problem. I've never used any of them, but I'm sure other members on here can recommend the best ones.

As for what to do with the dogs, I would hit the reset button on them and treat them as if they've never been house trained before. Act just as if they're a new pup that doesn't know better. Put them on a regular schedule, take them outside regularly and if they don't go, put them back in the crate for 20-30 mins and try again. Don't give the dogs any unsupervised freedom in the house.
 
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