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We are trying to housetrain Bessie, our 5 month old mix since we bought her home 2 months back. Whenever she is outside the crate I take her out every hour REGULARLY. she gets treats everytime she pees or poops outside and a stern 'bad girl' whenever she pees inside.

In the entire time she has had no potty accidents inside and always scratches the door when she wants to go outside to poop outside her schedule. But her peeing accidents inside the house are increasing. (upto 4-6 times a day). She comes inside after peeing..and 20-40 minutes later casually pees inside while standing or walking around. If we catch her in the act and make a noise/ say no ..she just continues calmly.

we are obviously doing something wrong in the training here.

any advice on what will give her the incentive to go outside to pee will be appreciated. (and she is not a meek puppy so I dont think its fear peeing)
 

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Have you had her checked for a UTI? If not, I would do so. If that all checks out then I would just back it up in the house training dept. If you have to go back to taking her out every hour then do so. Dont rely on her to tell you when to go. The more opportunity you give her to go inside the more work you are going to create for yourself.
Do you accompany her on potty trips? If not, stay with her and the INSTANT she's done praise her like she just won the lottery and give her that treat. Make going outside the most rewarding experience for her, you might want to employ some type of treat she really goes crazy for and reserve that treat just for potty breaks.
Also, until she's totally trustworthy I would limit her freedom inside the house - don't let her run around unsupervised. A good way to deal with this is to tether her to you with a leash - that way if she starts showing signs of needing to go, you are right there and can hurry her outside. Again the more you eliminate the chance of her soiling inside then better off you will be.
If you catch her in act, don't yell - just scoop her up or lead her outside with the leash, then praise her for finishing outside.
Lastly, be patient and consistent. Most dogs don't even grasp the concept of housetraining until they hit the 6 month mark and even then you need to keep up the routine for it to finally hit home. Good luck.
 

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The single biggest thing you can do when she makes a mistake in the house is to not let her finish. Relieving herself is very, very self rewarding....you have to prevent that.
Herd her to the door....tell her Outside and huge praise/treats for finishing in the right place.
 

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The single biggest thing you can do when she makes a mistake in the house is to not let her finish. Relieving herself is very, very self rewarding....you have to prevent that.
Herd her to the door....tell her Outside and huge praise/treats for finishing in the right place.
The worry for me with that is that now I don't have a little puddle to clean up but a whole train of pee!
 

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This will be one of my concerns as well! However, I heard that if you pick the puppy up a certain way it will make the puppy stop peeing while you carry it outside.

Any ideas?
 

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This will be one of my concerns as well! However, I heard that if you pick the puppy up a certain way it will make the puppy stop peeing while you carry it outside.

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It's not a good idea to carry outside..."Mommy or Daddy will carry me if I have to go out " is not the type of training you want to teach. The dog has to walk the route/learn the way to the potty area. A big part of the learning process in housetraining is observing where the accidents happen. Accidents close to the door says they are beginning to understand where the potty area is. When you carry, they miss those steps and the accidents are all over the place.
 

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It's not a good idea to carry outside..."Mommy or Daddy will carry me if I have to go out " is not the type of training you want to teach. The dog has to walk the route/learn the way to the potty area. A big part of the learning process in housetraining is observing where the accidents happen. Accidents close to the door says they are beginning to understand where the potty area is. When you carry, they miss those steps and the accidents are all over the place.

Makes sense. Thanks!
 
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