Once outside, the beagle pup is far more likely to fine-tune his digging skills or track that intriguing scent around the garden. Indeed, his ability to be distracted is such that he'll probably forget all about that achingly full bladder...until he's brought back indoors.
Down this road lies disaster with a puppy who comes back inside to toilet on the carpet. Instead, follow our training tips so he successfully learns to toilet outdoors.
Each dog is an individual and some learn this skill relatively quickly, while others take weeks or even months. What is clear is that the more consistently you apply the rules, the more likely the dog is to learn. However, if the dog is extremely resistant to potty training, then he should be checked by a vet in order to rule out a medical or physical problem.
I sometime used to gently hit my puppy to stop her from certain doings and behaviours later when I read on the internet that it develops fear in dogs I stopped it. But I feel my pup is sometimes scared of me. How can I get back her trust, love and friendship?
Hello Mickey, To begin with, at least once a day hand feed your puppy's dog food to her as training treats during handling exercises. To do this, gently touch her paw and give her a treat while you do so. Touch her ear and give her a treat. Touch her tail and give her a treat. Touch her belly and give her a treat. Touch another paw and give her a treat. Gently open up her mouth if she will let you and give her a treat. Repeat this with every area of her body, practicing even more on the areas that she seems uncomfortable with. Make sure that these touches are gentle and that you are calm and gentle with her while you do this. It should be fun for both of you once she starts to get comfortable with it. Second, spend some time every day training her in a fun way. You can either teach her obedience commands, tricks, special tasks, or build on what she already knows, but try to make the training fun, positive, and a little bit mentally challenging. To make it mentally challenging focus on building on what she already knows, so that the training session is just a little bit difficult but easy enough for her to learn still. Teach her a new command, or practice lots of different commands in different orders, rather than practicing the same command for too long each time. Training that is consistent, fair, motivational, and a little bit mentally challenging builds trust, creates a bond between you and your dog, and builds respect without you having to be being harsh or intimidating. Just because the training is positive though that does not mean that you cannot be firm. Your attitude when you need to be firm with her should be completely calm, more stubborn than she is, and patient. You can be consistent and firm when she chooses to disobey a command by being persistent until she chooses to obey, by using something like a long leash to reel her in when you tell her to come so that she has to follow through, by practicing the same command several times in a row, helping her to do it, until she will do it by herself, and by generally going to her and helping her obey a command if she chooses to disobey, rather than simply yelling at her or ignoring the disobedience. Simply being consistent goes a long way in earning a dog's respect. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Was this experience helpful?