How to Train Your Beagle Dog to Go Potty Outside

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1-4 Weeks
General

Introduction

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.

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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!

The Routine Method

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Meal times
Feed him his meals at the same time every day. His body clock needs to get in a regular routine and then you’ll be able to predict when he needs the toilet. Which is usually around 20 minutes after he has eaten.
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After each meal
You need to take him out about 15-20 minutes after his meals. This is when his body will flush out yesterday’s food. If he’s always outside when he needs to go then he’ll soon be in the routine of only going outside.
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Morning & evening
Take him out to go to the toilet first thing in the morning and before bed. If he knows he’s always going to get to go at those times he may find it easier to hold on over night.
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Reward
Always give him a tasty reward when he does go potty outside. This incentive will make him more likely to go there again. You can also give him lots of verbal praise afterwards. Really show him he’s behaved correctly.
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Never punish him
It’s important you never shout at him or scare him if he does have an accident inside. If you do that then he may start going to the toilet out of fear and that is even harder to deal with. So, calmly clear up the mess with anti-bacterial spray and make sure you get him outside next time.
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The Environment Method

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Same spot
It’s important you take him to the same location outside for the toilet. Beagles need to feel relaxed and comfortable to go potty. Taking him to the same location will put him at ease.
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Privacy
You wouldn’t like it if someone stared at you when you went to the toilet and neither will your dog. So, when you see him sniffing the ground, turn around and give him some privacy. You’ll see results much quicker this way.
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Reward
Make sure he always gets a reward after he goes. A quick treat will reinforce that this was the right thing to do. Just make sure he gets it within a few seconds of going to the toilet otherwise he may not associate it with going potty outside.
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Yesterday’s encouragement
If he’s struggling to go outside then you may need to help him along. You can do that by wiping some of yesterday’s business in his new toilet spot. If he can smell he’s been to the toilet there before he’ll be more likely to go again.
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Routine
Make sure you take him out throughout the day, including after meals and in the morning and evening. Put simply, if he’s always outside when he needs to go to the toilet he’ll have no choice but to go there. It won’t take long for this to then become habit.
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The Verbal Cue Method

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Head outside
Take him outside whenever you think he’s about to need the toilet. Make sure you have your poo bags with you and some tasty treats.
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‘Potty time’
When you see him sniffing around as if he’s about to go, issue a ‘potty time’ instruction. Give it in an upbeat and playful voice. If he think it’s all a big game he’ll feel more relaxed and inclined to go.
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Reward
Once he’s gone to the toilet you can then hand over a treat. Make sure you give him some verbal praise and attention too. The greater the reward the more likely he’ll be to go there again.
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Practice
Issue this command whenever he’s about to go to the toilet over the next week or so. He will soon start to associate the action with the command. At this point you can start giving the command when you are still in the house, to tell him you’re going to go out for the toilet. By this time just hearing the phrase will make him need to potty.
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Lose the treats
Once he’s fully into the swing of it and you haven’t had any accidents inside for a while, you can slowly cut out the treats. By this point going to the toilet outside will be habit and he won’t need a tasty incentive anymore.
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