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I think Toby and Louis are brothers lol. I too got Louis (2 yo) about 5 months ago! I got him in March, and he was neutered right before he came home with me.
I commiserate with you on the housetraining thing. Just when you think you can celebrate, you find a spot and then you are tearing your hair out. I was cleaning about 2 weeks ago, and found dried pee drops on my cat tree. I would see Louis going under the cat tree but he would always rub against the scratching post. I didn't think anything of it because he loves rubbing against furniture. I think he was leaning his body to rub on the cat tree WHILE dribbling a few pee spots. I also found dried pee spots near the dog bed. I just can't remember how that happened as he is supervised 99% of the time. Guess he took advantage of that 1%! They are SO sneaky. The spots I found though were definitely marking spots.
I let Louis mark all he wants outside on walks. This ensures me of an empty bladder and less likelihood he will mark in the house. I imagine those few dried pee spots I found were a result of having strange dogs in my home (I groom friends' dogs every now and then in my home), but who knows the real reason.
He has gotten better about the potty thing, and I do wonder if his testosterone levels are leveling out after his neuter? Is this type of thing even possible?
Just hang in there - and remember that you will have to be diligent all over again in the new house. Let me tell you about Louis's first week in my home (hope this makes you feel better, and not worse because you are moving into a new environment!):
I brought Louis home late at night. I took him outside several times, he peed once. I crated him and unloaded stuff out of the car and did general house stuff. Before calling it a night, I took him out one more time. He did nothing. Thinking he was empty, I let him hang out in the bathroom uncrated while I took a shower. Our bathroom has CARPET in it (came with the darn house). As soon as I jumped in the shower, Louis marked THREE times in three different spots (all with his leg hiked up), then walked over to another spot, squatted and peed (this one was A LOT of pee). I was furious! He just looked at me with such nonchalance. At this point we hadn't had much of a bond yet.
I left him with my husband one day (still the first week) - and my husband was appalled how someone wouldn't potty train their dog. My husband is used to our big dog who is 100% reliable in the house. So my husband let Louis roam everywhere downstairs, and Louis marked on the bottom stair step, on my bag, several other spots... Louis also tried to hump my 65lb poodle the first couple of days. He would also pee over my other dog's pee. I think he was trying to figure out his place in our home. Once he got more comfortable, the dominant peeing stopped.
Stil in the first week - I made the mistake of not taking him out right after eating - I washed the dog bowls first. Within that 2 minutes, Louis pooped on the dog bed, and when I shooed him away to get toilet paper, he ran back, scooped up the poop with his mouth to eat it. I chased him and got furious (getting angry is the WRONG emotion to show but I couldn't help it - I felt like a failure!).
So after the first week or so - it was intense crate training, supervising, going outside multiple times a day, baby-gating, closing doors, etc etc. Very tiring. BUT - as you've read in my other post - it IS paying off. Of course after 5 months, Louis and I have such a strong bond I can practically read his mind. It DOES get better!
I still have rooms in my home he is not allowed to go in. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that! You just have to remember to close those doors lol