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So I adopted a yorkie about a month ago and was told that he is potty trained. He has had accidents in my home and my mother’s. The lady that kept him prior to adoption stated that he was well trained and behaved. He is quiet and peaceful but continuously has accidents, to the point where I almost sent him back to the rescue agency. I think I care for him and cannot bring myself to send him back, I was crying yesterday thinking about it. I have the dog in diapers when he is roaming the house and keep him in the crate when I can’t watch him. It hurts me that everyone else can keep their dog in the home with no issue and my dog can not control himself/ is being dumb. Any other suggestions?
 

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Dogs don't generalize well, and sometimes they don't understand that not going potty in one house means the same for other houses. Begin treating him like a little puppy. He is never allowed to roam without supervision. Give him frequent potty breaks. Crate him when you can't supervise. Reward him for going potty outside. Re-potty train him.

He is a senior dog, so you may also want to get a complete vet check to to rule out any medical issues like a UTI. It may be that he is medically incontinent and physically incapable of holding it, as well. In that case, perhaps the vet can prescribe some medication to help. Doggy diapers are also a viable option if medication is not working.
 

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Ditto everything Lillith said. Also, if he's only urinating, not defecating, a belly band might be an easier and less obtrusive option than a diaper.
 

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This is all great advice that you got. Definitely Vet check first.
People sometimes lie about dogs behaviors. However, maybe he was potty trained with her.
He is not being dumb or stubborn. He honestly doesn’t know better. Dogs Always want to do what’s right. It’s our job to teach them what is right. Any new dog in a new home needs to earn freedom. It is a privilege, not a right.
Take treats outside with you to reward him.
Thank you for saving a senior!!
 

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Thanks for everyone’s feedback. He recently went to the vet and everything checked out fine. He needs diapers because he urinates and defecates. I plan to keep him behind a doggy gate/ send him to my moms home when I am not able to watch him. I don’t expect him to improve on these bad habits, we will make due for the time being before I confirm whether or not to keep him.
 

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Please don’t think that he can’t learn. But it will take work and getting rid of the diapers so you can teach him where to go and how to hold it in until then. It’s never too late for dogs to learn.
If you are thinking of giving him up, don’t wait any longer. It will be more stressful on him the longer he stays with you and starts to trust you and trust that you’re not giving him away.
I hope things work out. Good luck.
 
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