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How often do you feed him and give him water?
Do you have any set time for feeding him?
How does he let you know that he needs to eliminate?
Does he tend to go in the same area all the time?
What do you clean the "accidents" up with and how do you go about the cleaning?
What methods have you tried to stop the behavior?
Does he have any health issues that you know of?
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There are several ways of training a dog. The quickest way is crate training. Here is a site that goes over a good method for doing this.
This is how I house train all my dogs. In addition, put a bell or other noise maker on the door low enough for the dog to reach. Each time you take the dog out, ring the bell. The dog will associate ringing the bell with going out and one day ring the bell to signal to you that she needs to go out. I know the dog scratches now but you might not always hear that, so the bell is a good choice for a dog to alert you to the need to go out.
An alternate way of training in the house is leash your dog to you while you go about your daily activities and when you see him start to assume the positions for eliminating, give a short tug on the lead and firm no and take him to the door, ring the bell and take him outside. Go with him and reward him eliminating outside with hot dog slivers.
You also need to be sure your new flooring is sealed well to avoid having any urine or fecal matter soaking into the material. Also use the enzymatic cleaner on any area of the flooring that he has elilminated on. Let is sit on the carpet for a long as the urine originally did. That helps break down the urine that actually causes the smell. We may not smell the odor, but a dog's nose is more sensitive and the remaining odor does draw a dog back to the same area to eliminate in the future. Removing the odor will help stop that.
You can also keep feeding your dog on a schedule but also water him on a schedule if he doesn't have a kidney issue. Keep track of when you do and log when he defecates and urinates. You will see a pattern develop and use that pattern to ensure you are outside with him when he should need to go. If you won't be home, then move the feeding or drinking time to one where you will be home when the dog needs to eliminate. This actually works very well.
You can also as a last resort use a sod patch or diapers. You take a large pan like a kitty litter pan or even a baby swimming pool. You create a platform frame with wire on top. Place newspaper or other absorbent material such as wood shavings under the platform and place sod on top of the wire frame. Since it is grass, your dog will go on it. You can remove solids and can spray the urine so it moves through and down into the absorbent material underneath. This lets you use the same piece of sod for a while before needing to replace it. You do need to replace the material under the platform.
Diapers can help prevent accidents. I also need to add that some dogs develop disc problems later in life. Disc issues can lead to some loss of sensation in the rear of a dog leading to a loss of bowel and bladder control. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases can even causes paralyses of the rear legs. You can read about this here:
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