Unfortunately, one day he did this and something inside you snapped. You yelled at the pup. For a while you thought this had helped, because he stopped peeing in front of you... but then you found a wet patch behind the sofa and realized he'd become secretive about his bad habits. Now you have an even more difficult problem to solve, because you don't always know where he is and what he's doing.
If only there was a foolproof way to potty train a beagle....
Be aware of the pup's need to empty his bladder regularly, and give him plenty of opportunity to visit the right spot. Then praise and reward the puppy, so that he links toileting outside to nice things. However, be sure any cue words as specific to toileting, so that he doesn't become confused and think that "good" means he is expected to pee. Also, it's also crucial not to punish the puppy when he does soil in the wrong place, since this can actually slow up training.
And finally, while rare, some pups do have medical or anatomical problems which make potty training difficult. If your pup seems slow to catch on, get him checked by a vet.
I have a few questions:
1. Every time I let my puppy out she has the constant need to eat grass. What could cause that? I have changed her food and made sure it had everything she needed.
2. Why does a puppy feel free to eat cat poop? I have noticed this a lot as well...
3. Every time I leave or my boyfriend leaves for work. She constantly whines. I feel bad, but we have to work for a living. Why could that be? Like she howls, cries, and sometimes its so loud the neighbors hear it.
Hello Aspen, The grass eating can be due to a dietary deficiency, parasites, digestive upset, boredom, or some dogs simply enjoy eating it without any medical or behavioral reason. Because she is eating poop I would look into a possible deficiency, allergy, or parasite - especially parasites (I am not a vet). If she is otherwise healthy she might be doing is simply because she likes the taste and finds it fun. If it causes her any issues, interrupt the behavior. Poop eating can be caused by many of the same things as grass eating: Parasites or a dietary deficiency. I suggest speaking to your vet about possible parasites if you haven't addressed that recently since many puppies need to be de-wormed multiple times and she also may have contracted something from eating another animal's poop initially (I am not a vet though so depend on your vet's advice in this area). If she is otherwise healthy, then many dogs, especially puppies, will eat poop simply because they find it fun. You can feed pup a little canned pumpkin to make their poops less desirable but the most important thing you can do is to pick up the poop right away and interrupt any attempts to eat it, saying something like "Ah Ah" calmly but a bit firmly while clapping your hands twice. When there isn't a medical cause, many puppies will outgrow the behavior if you keep poop picked up and interrupt any attempts to eat it. The crying is also normal. How long have you had puppy? Crying for up to one month into crate training can be normal. Most puppies will adjust after that amount of time. If it goes on longer than that, you will need to address it in another way. First, give pup a food stuffed chew toy to chew on while in the crate - this helps with boredom and teaches self-soothing. When you are home and pup is in the crate, while pup is being quiet in the crate (only during the day - don't wake pup up at night), go to pup and sprinkle a few pieces of puppy food into the crate through the wires calmly, then walk away again without letting pup out. Repeat this periodically while pup is quiet - you are rewarding pup for calm, quiet behavior in the crate and teaching her that that's the best way to get you to return. When you let pup out of the crate, use the crate manners exercise below. Also practice this protocol at other times when you are home to teach a calmer association with the crate: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ A Place command is also a good exercise for teaching calmness - work up to pup being able to stay on place for 30 minutes now, and 1 hour as an adult, while you walk in and out of the room - so pup can't see you or follow you. You want to build some self-control, calmness, and independence from you in pup: Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Next, if the barking is still continuing, pretend to leave or go into another room while pup is in the crate. Each time pup starts crying, return to the crate and spray a small puff of air from a Pet Convincer through the crate's wires at pup's side to interrupt the barking (only use unscented air - not citronella, and don't spray in the face, only at their side). You can spy on them from a camera like a tablet and phone with Skype from outside your home if you can't hear them while out there. When pup stays quiet for a few minutes, return, sprinkle treats without letting them out, then pretend to work on something else for a bit. Practice going inside and back outside, correcting the barking, rewarding the quiet, and ignoring. After 10-30 minutes of training per session, open the door the crate using the Crate Manners protocol from the video linked above, so that pup has to exit calmly. Ignore pup for ten minutes after you get home and keep good byes super boring and calm - don't act sorry for pup or excited - you want leaving and coming home to be boring and not emotionally charged for pup. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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