I'm currently dogsitting 3 dogs - one of which is a ~2-3 year old beagle female that is not housebroken. (She was an animal research dog ; pretty normal except for that and being a little bit emotionally vacant).
She has never gone in the house while I have been inside with her - but the second I am out (usually just the room they are allowed to be in) for longer than 5 minutes, if she has to go she will go. I've pretty much been cleaning up piss for the past 10 days. And some crap.
When I see a newish puddle, I will put her nose in it, tell her no, and spray her with a squirt bottle before putting her in a pantry with a little room for moving. Essentially crating her but I dont want the create associated with punishment.
When I see her go outside, I give her a favorite treat.
The biggest issue, and something that I've never encountered with a dog before, is that she is willing to go IN HER CRATE. The crate is proper size for her as well - she ends up covered in whatever she does in there (which = another bath for her). Clearly, when I go to bed for the night, she goes in the crate (usually poops too) which just leaves an enormous mess for me to clean up.
It was suggested to me that I might try using hte puppy pads (thoese things you put on the floor for the dog to pee on) and leaving her out of her crate overnight - so I did. I woke up to a mess of urine AND chewed up puppy pads all over the room.
Oh I feel it should be mentioned they have a dog door so it's not like she can't get outside or something when I'm not there.
I kind of feel that just giving her time should fix the issue - I am giving some kind of reward and punishment for appropriate/inappropriate behavior, but I'm used to non-housetrained animals going whenever, not just when you aren't there. Makes it easier to correct it for sure, but I'm also thinking at this point she should have some idea it's not a good thing to do, but nothing has changed.
I'm up for any recommendations, I still have over 2 weeks here.
The owners have already been trying to fix this for the 2 months or so they have owned her, and she's not a stupid animal. Hopes are not high.