Your Beagle might be small but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need a serious sized toilet. While you love how intelligent and excitable he is, you wish he’d get to grips with going to the toilet outside. You’ve had so many mornings where you’ve walked downstairs and planted your foot in a hot pile of mess that you always hold your breath when you turn on the kitchen light now. It isn’t just a nightmare to clear up but it also leaves the downstairs smelling unpleasant for a while afterward. You also have young children and other pets, so you don’t want them coming into contact with all that bacteria.
Training him to go potty outside will alleviate these concerns. You also won’t have to worry about taking him to guests' houses. He’ll be able to remain well behaved and hold his business until he gets outside.
Beagles are switched on and fast learners so you can definitely teach him to go to the toilet outside. Because they are particularly excitable, you need to find the right incentive. While food and treats always work well, toys can also be an effective motivator. You’ll need to establish a consistent routine and use obedience commands to get him going to the toilet on your schedule.
If he’s a puppy then he just needs a regular outdoor routine established. You could see results in just a week or so. If he’s older and been going to the toilet wherever he pleases for many years then you may need a while longer. It could take four weeks before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you’ll never have to scrub your kitchen floors of dog mess again.
Before you start training you’ll need to get your hands on a few things. You’ll need a regular spot to take him to each day. You’ll also need to set aside some time each day to take him to his new potty, particularly at the beginning.
You’ll then need a generous supply of tasty treats or small pieces of his favorite food. A well-loved toy or two could also help.
The only other things you need are poo bags and patience, then work can begin!