My 12 wk old beagle (whom we had for 3 wks now) is peeing in her crate and everywhere, So I think Bella' s crate might have been a little big I was able fit a shoe box side ways and she still can stand up, and turn in a circle. So last night was the first night and I watched her after I brought her back from being outside and she was moving around the blacket and she peed on them, almost if she hid it so she didnt have to see it. So I took the blanket out. She still peed. I took her out last night at 1230a, 0300 and 0500- still pee at 0300 and 0500?? Then this am, I took her out of the crate after eating 1/2 prior to and waited like 3min and she peed, on my rug. (I guess I waited to long, should of took her ASAP from the cage.) Than she peed on her comfy bed right in front of us?? She is so smart, she knows sit, paw, down, leave it and roll over. What is the issue with her house braking triaing. Im hoping that maybe it was her cage and this was the first night, hopefully she'll get better. Maybe I shouldn't let her too much freedom. When she out of her crate shes watched closely... confused????
Your expecting too much ,too soon. A dogs brain is not fully developed until about 4 mos. of age, and true LEARNING begins then. You can start TRAINING earlier, with use of treats, but you are relying on instinctual behavior at that point. A certain behavior equals food, and a dog will instinctively repeat a behavior that gets it fed. A dog will also instinctively go to the bathroom some distance from the area in which it sleeps, usually. If the dog was previously in an environment where it was forced to live in it's own filth, it may have become desensitized, and will just go anywhere for awhile. If kept clean, as it ages, this can be overcome. This is probably not the problem, though. A puppy can hold it for it's age in months, plus 1 hour, as a rule, so a 3 month old puppy can reasonably be expected to hold it for 4 hours. If you can take the dog out every 4 hours, you can try keeping it in a small crate, where it only has enough space for sleeping, to encourage it to hold it until you take it out. If you prefer to actually sleep through the night:) just keep the puppy on a surface covered with newspaper so it is easy to clean up after him. I don't try to start housebreaking until 4 mos. of age now. I tried younger with some of my dogs, and just felt like I was beating my head against the wall, and it was detrimental to my relationship with the dog. Up until 4 mos. I use a puppy play pen, with newspaper, and a blanket at one end to sleep on. At 4 mos., I switch them to a crate with a blanket in the bottom. I expect some accidents in the crate. The dog goes on a schedule of going out three times a day. I make sure they get lots of exercise while they are outside, because the dog only gets to run about the house freely when it has just come in, and I know it is not going to pee on the floor. Time out of the crate gradually increases, and by 6-7 months, most of my dogs are used to the schedule, are able to hold it for 8 hours,and just naturally seem to comprehend that outside is the right place to go. There still may be an accident, if so, I'll scold them and take them outside. A tip if you have to walk your dog (no yard or kennel)- when you take him out, and you know he's going to pee, actually say "go pee" or some other command. Once he goes, give him a treat. If you do this, when you have to take him out in the pouring rain, or freezing cold, you can use the "go pee" command to hurry things along. Good Luck!