I have a beagle who is 6 and a half months now and I absolutley adore him, besides the fact that I can't seem to house train him for the life of me! I feel like I am following every rule that I can: saying no when I catch him in the act of a mistake, taking him for plenty of walks for exercize, taking him out to the same spot every time and waiting for him to go before taking him in, and I make sure to keep my eye on him at all times.
The problem, partly lies with my living in an apartment complex where he doesn't just associate outside with a bathroom area, but an area with lots of fun people and animals. I always make him pee first if I let him get distracted later, and make sure to reward as much as possible (though I don't give him treats because he seems uninterrested when outside). He always goes when he is outside, but he wants to go out every hour or less and I know he can hold it longer.
He's pretty good about going to the door, but does all the time because he always wants to be out there (though, with my busy schedule I make enough time for 1-1.5 hours of walking per day outside of bathroom trips). I don't want to say no if he is doing the right thing, but i certainly don't want to spend every second with my coat becasue i have to be outside 30% of every hour.
It seems as though he thinks I forget about him sometimes, because he may sort of circle near the door but then will just go on the floor if I don't jump to take him right away (if he is near the door at all). And then, if I tell him no when he makes the accident, he just kind of looks at me then will wag his tail when I get the leash.
he's perfect at night, making it through every night with out a problem, it's just caring for him during the day. On top of all of this, he is very well behaved and very smart because he has learned numerous tricks very quickly.
After the 2 1/2 months of training, this long long message was the only way i could cry out for help!! if there is ANYHING I can do, please tell me!!
What you need to do is when ever your puppy takes a nap, when it's done you need to walk him/her outside. Everytime walk it to the edge of the yard ionstead of the middle of the yard where everyone steps. And just walk it about 20 to 30 minutes after it eats.
research crate training, and using a crate to potty train. This will save your sanity. The training will go quick, and save the dog from getting scolded.
This is what I do, and it works like a charm. I get a crate. The crate can be no bigger than the dog. I buy a crate that will fit the dog when it is an adult. I make dividers for it out of wood to make the crate smaller. This is so the dog cannot go potty in the crate, and then move to the other side. A dog has a instinct not go potty if it has to lay in it. They will try to hold it. So, about every 2 hours I take the dog outside.I give the dog 2 minutes, that's 120 seconds to go potty outside. If they do not go, I they go back in the crate. I may try again in an hour. This way if the dog goes outside and farts aound, but they had to go. They will think " shoot, I missed my chance. If I get out of this crate again, I am going potty right away."
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."