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Accidents in the house

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Hi all,

Ok, so I'm nearing my wit's end with this dog. He's a 4 year old male and I am not understanding why this dog continues to pee/poop all over the house. This is after his walk where he does his business. Yesterday, we gave him free reign of the kitchen (with his open crate) and he had no accidents. My son walked him when he got home, he peed, then came back inside. One hour later, when I get home, I hear my niece screaming NO STRIDER and he proceeds to pee. Just standing there peeing. They walk him again.

Also, he's hardly been eating. But yesterday morning, he had a good poop in the morning. He hadn't eaten after that. He barely had dinner last night. My son walked poop. We are watching tv last night, then he poops right in the living room....I catch him in the act and scream NO. We take him out again. No more poop on the walk. We bring him back inside...figuring he already pooped in the house and didn't go anymore on his walk, we all just settle in to watch tv.

I go upstairs for a minute and he follows me. I realize after a few minutes he's not upstairs anymore, then I walk downstairs to find him pooping AGAIN on the landing of the stairs. Then he proceeded to eat some of it. YUCK.

I am noticing more and more that he's constantly running around...back and forth back and forth back and forth --- almost like he can't relax. The vet says he's in perfect health and his foster parents said he did "pretty good" with them in regard to potty training...

It's been 3 1/2 weeks since we got him and I feel like he's a neurotic mess or something. The only time he's ever really mellow is in his crate. I'm in the "what the heck was I thinking getting a dog" stage and I fear I"m in for years of misery if I cannot get this under control.

ANY advice would be welcome.
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One other thing I should mention....we don't have a "spot" for Strider go to. Meaning, I live in a neighborhood where we back up to a green belt and have many golf cart paths and when I tell my son to "walk the dog", that's when we expect him to do his business. Am I going about this the wrong way? Is there a difference between "walking" the dog and taking them out to "potty"?

I don't have a fenced yard, but I do have a large backyard and I'm thinking of building a small dog run and have him to go out there to "potty" and reserve the "walks" for fun/exercise. Does this sound like a good plan?

I haven't checked the boards in a little while...but it seems MANY of you think I'm a screaming, angry animal hater. Wow.

I'm sorry, but MY dog doesn't respond with quiet "nos" when he's about to countersurf, pee on the rug, etc. I suppose "scream" was the only word I could think of at the time of my original posting. I STERNLY said "NO". And the foster mom told me squirting him with a squirt bottle at the same time I say "no" has been effective for her.

I realize that Bassets are difficult to train. I had three growing up so I know their temperament. And he's not caged all day; and I don't punish him for having an accident in the house.

And yes, I made a conscious decision to get a basset; and yes I was ready for a dog. I was under the impression when I got him that he was housetrained since the foster family had him for 4 months. (Don't know where some of you got the idea he's had 4+ homes or that he thinks I'm going to kick him out, etc.)

He's had several more accidents in the past month and a half and he's proceeding to continue to eat it even though we have him on a schedule. Yes, we say, "good boy Strider" when he does go outside. And he now has 3-4 favorite "poop spots" that he loves. And no, I didn't saddle my 12 year old with all the responsibility....sheesh people. Instead of assuming, why not just ask me?

And yes I was frustrated when I wrote this post. Isn't that what these boards are for -- venting on occassion?

By the way, after I STERNLY said "NO", that was the end of it. I cleaned it up using Nature's Miracle out of his sight....

I did finally manage to pick up his signals (the ringing bell did no good at all) and his running back and forth was one of those signs. Not an inability to relax as I first thought, but because he needs to go.

I still am having issues, though, with his going in the kitchen, eating his poop, then vomiting it up. And we take him for a good long walk in the a.m., then in the late afternoon (4:00 p.m.) then again before we go to bed. He's going outside I'm still at a loss as to get him to stop. I hate putting him back in the crate, but I also can't continue to let him do his business in the kitchen.
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...if he has an accident don't just pick it up bag it and go throw it in the trash, sop it up with a paper towel, pick up solid waste and take them outside to the area you want him to go in, drop them there even if you have to use a stick to hold down the paper towel.
Did that many times, doesn't work.
I agree with the others. Please stop screaming at him. It will do more harm than good. Start taking him out more often and reward him with treats when he does his business. Sounds like "this dog" needs a little more love and calmness around him and I'm sure he'll adjust to his new home before too long.
Sorry, I meant STERNLY.
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