|Barked: Wed Feb 20, '13 11:25am PST |
|Agree with everything Lupi says.
And a wet-vac won't pull out smell. If you have carpets... Get a carpet cleaner(or borrow one, lease one, etc), or take an enzyme cleaner made specifically for urine(or vinegar), and SCRUB those areas clean. If I use vinegar water, what I do is 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water ratio, spray down the area, let it sit for a bit, then pull it up with my wet vac, then dust baking soda onto the area to pull out any residual smell. I let the baking soda sit for a while(DO NOT let the dogs lick it up!), and then vacuum. This is when I don't have access to a cleaner and it's worked successfully for years, as my Beagle has epilepsy and has a tendency to pee in his sleep too. Just removing the pee doesn't remove the smell. Those hounds have noses like you wouldn't believe!
Also, tethering her to you during the day will help you to recognize the signs of when she has to pee. Keep in mind that she has a small bladder, so it doesn't take much or them to have a full bladder and have to pee again. Some dogs start sniffing around the floor, others start pacing or looking uncomfortable. If my puppy has to go, she sniffs around and looks restless. If my Beagle has to go, he'll go sit by the door, or a wall, stare at you and wait for you to notice him, or if he's REALLY needing to go, he'll come sit pretty in front of you.
Do crate her, despite the crying. If you let her out when she's crying to be let out, she learns that she gets her way and that it releases her from the kennel. Give her a SUPER YUMMY treat whenever you put her in there, such as a Kong stuffed with delicious goodies. You can also do crate games(can be found on youtube) with her to get her to start associating the crate with good things too and get her more used to being in there during the day. If you can't watch her, she NEEDS to be confined so she cannot have the chance to go to the bathroom in your house.
If you make a schedule, it will be far easier. When I got Charlie, he wasn't house broken and I started monitoring his water intake, and making a schedule - I let him out once every hour, on the hour, until I started picking up his patterns of WHEN he had to go and what he would do when he had to go, because for the first several months, he didn't know how to let me know. Eventually, he figured out that every time he walked by the door, I would take him outside, so he began going to the door when he needed out. As per Lupi's suggestion of the door bells - awesome idea!
I'm sorry your pup is frustrating you so much.
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