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Our doxie is going on three years old and still has problems wetting on the carpet in the house, sometimes once a day, sometimes once very two or three days. She is healthy and fit. I let her outside morning, early afternoon, late afternoon and early evening bedtime, and take her for walks, yet she still has frequent accidents. This is the second doxie we had that wasn't completely housebroken. I read some place that dachshunds are one of the hardest breeds to housebreak. I have talked to a couple other doxie owners who say their dogs were not completely housebroken. Is there any solution or do I have to live with this problem. Our carpet is old so we don't care as much as if it was new. We are thinking about replacing it with wood flooring as we dare not get new carpet if we keep our dog. Would wood flooring do anything to prevent this urine problem. Thanks.

I don't think that Doxies are any harder to housebreak than any other dog, but I know that if the owner isn't consistent, they are, as any other dog can be, prone to be lazy.

If she has these 'accidents' often, have you had her in to see the vet? Believe it or not, dogs a young as three can have bladder stones, which will make it very hard to hold urine.

She might also have a mild bladder infection, causing her to feel the need to urinate often.

So your first step should be to have her looked over by your vet. Have a complete physical done including urinalysis. You might want to suggest an xray as well, since a UA might not show that there are stones.

We have seen them in dogs as young as 7 weeks old. If the vet gives her an all clear on that front, then you need to address this a behavioral issue.

Having a carpet that smells of urine only makes the problem worse. She smells her urine in there and thinks it's okay to do it again.

It would be a good idea to get a really strong pet odor and stain remover or get your carpet professionally cleaned.
Then you can concentrate on her behavioral issues, because if she has no physical problems then that's what this is.

Consult a trainer about how to best retrain her to only go outside. Trust me, even a 3 yr old dog can be re-trained to be completely housebroken.

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Otherwise, contact a trainer close to where you live or ask the vet for a recommendation.
I wish you luck and a happy puppy!

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