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Beagle potty training?

Posted in Babysitting on 20th April 2011

Beagle potty training?
I have a 10 month old Beagle pup (female) and we are just having an awful time training her. She will “go” outside but only if we are in the house. When we crate her she just goes in there and now she has a rash on her belly. Does anyone have any tips on house training? She is a very sweet dog and we do not want to get rid of her but we have a new baby that will be crawling soon and I don’t want her crawling on carpet that has been pooed on a bunch of times. I have heard that Beagles are notariously hard to train. Is there a trick with them? SHe does seem to respond to treats rather well when it come to “sit” and things along that line but she just does not get it when it comes to the potty issue. Thanks for your input.

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Answer by Tammy2073
Alot of praise and a treat like chicken liver. When she potty’s outside do this if she does it in side don’t give her anything. Don’t scold the puppy she don’t realize what she did just take her out. Kennel training is a nice way before taking her out and playing with her take her out after she is done eating taking her and before putting in kennel take her out. Look for the signs she has to go sniffing. cut the water and food off at a certain time but always use alot of praise as she goes outside with a treat it does work we r doing it with our puppy and she is doing well even when I take her outside i say out she is starting to go to the back door when she has to go

Answer by sexiebum
same here i have a 15 weeks springer spaniel cross beagle and its a pain to house train it. I am also due to have a baby in april but i can prevent the dog from coming into my living room all i say is keep trying and keep taking it out.

Answer by Dog Trainer
First of all, how big is the crate? It should be just big enough for your dog to sit, lay and turn around in. If it is too big, put something inside, like a sturdy box, to make it just the right size. Also, how much freedom does your pup have? Too much freedom means not enough supervision and more accidents…Consistency, supervision and a schedule for feeding will help. When you feed your pup, put the pup outside right after.

You may want to consider taking your pup to a dog trainer. Yes, Beagles are notorious for being hard to train, but that is because they are very smart and need plenty of exercise. I live my sister who has a Beagle and she is very well behaved now, but was a challenge as a pup. She took her to training and was very consistent with her. We still have to be very firm with her, as she will still try to manipulate us to get her way!

Answer by Mandy25
Oh I feel for you. We just got though the process with our beagle mix…who has all beagle traits. They are very stubborn and while smart, can be hard pupils! Getting the dog to not go in the crate is super important b/c that is the fist step.

#1 Make sure the pup only has enough room to sit up and lay down…anymore room will give space to eliminate and still have space to lay or sit, away from the accident.

#2. Do not show lots of emossion when getting the dog out or putting the dog away…it will create anxiety with going into the crate.

#3. Take out regularly and consistently until the accidents in the crate stop. We had to hire a dog walker for the first 2 months we had our puppy to help. It also helps if you stop the water an hour before you leave for the day (or an hour before she goes in her crate for more than a few hours) If she is going in her crate, I would recommend she only be in there 4-5 hours before she gets another walk.

#4. Make sure you pay attention to her cues if you are home. But…don’t let the dog fool you. If you take her out and she does both, and she goes back in her crate and starts crying. Ignore her…she is just trying to train you!

I will say that our puppy was crate trained until she was spayed and then had a urinary tract infection. Make sure your pup doesn’t have a UTI…cause then she really can’t help it! A simple urine sample to your vet can determine this. Once we got that under control she stopped having accidents in her crate again and hasn’t had one in there for 4 months.

Her going outside only if you are inside may be because she feels your yard is an extension of the home. I know its not as much fun…but put her on a leash for walks for a while just to get her used to you being there…and give a treat as soon as she goes!

Beagles are a bit more hard….but not impossible. Our pup who is almost the same age as yours is now completley housebroken. She cries at the back door when she needs to go out. If you had asked me 2 months ago I would have grumbled about it.
We know that she may have an accident here or there our vet told us “sometimes dogs under 2 years old get stupid and forget a time here or there what they are supposed to do” but we have been lucky that it finally stuck…and I am sure it will for you!
Just stay consistent and make sure the crate is set up the way it should be….and talk to your vet!

And one more thing…our neighbor also got a puppy the same time we did. They used to call us the “dog walking people” b/c we were out with the puppy every 3-4 hours, or had a dog walker there in our place. They said they don’t think puppies need to go out that much. Well…our dog is housebroken, and they just had to rip up the carpet in their living room b/c they can’t get the dog to stop going in the house…yet we only see the dog out in the morning and then in the late evening…..walk walk walk that dog…and praise it every time!

Good luck!

Answer by muzacmaster44
All my life we have raised beagles to hunt, and training really isn’t that hard…..just keep in mind beagles are smart, stubborn dogs!! Beagles, like huskies, are ‘organized’ dogs, they keep their eating area, sleeping area and restroom area seperate. Try to find where she goes the most and put a pee-pee pad at that area, then after she uses the pad have her watch you take the pad outside and ‘clean’ it off, when you take the pee-pee pad to the door; make her scratch or bark at the door to let her know she’ll also have to get your attention. Then slowly move the pee-pee pad closer to the door she needs to go out. Be patient, it’ll take awhile but eventually she’ll get the idea that she needs to go outside all the time.