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 adopted Daisy from a shelter a few months ago. We have 2 issues we are working on, both related to her getting over-excited.
1. She barks at other dogs we meet on walks (well, she really just goes crazy) and looks aggressive, but is really just over-excited.
2. She won't pee until I walk her at least 20 minutes because she is excited and distracted. I'm already walking her 3 - 1/2 hour walks a day, but would like to be able to send her out on a tether a couple times in between to do her duty. We don't have a fence. She will explore, run, and then sleep in the yard, but not pee.
Hello Linda, For the peeing and walks I suggest crate training her and temporarily crating her between potty trips. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate When you take her outside to pee tell her to "Go Potty". If she goes, praise her and feed her five treats, one at a time. If she doesn't go, take her back inside, put her back into the crate, then take her back outside in an hour. Repeat this until she goes potty. After she goes potty in your yard, THEN take her for a walk so that the walk is a reward for peeing first. She is probably partially too distracted to pee right on the walk but she has probably also learned that as soon as she pees that the walk ends so she holds her bladder to keep the walk going. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, my name is Kirstin and I recently adopted a puppy that was left behind by a hunter in a dirt pen and then later taken to a rescue where he was free to do his business in a concrete kennel. Now that I have him we are working on potty training. I use a lead and collar and take him out right after sleep/naps and right after eating for many minutes. It has been a week and he still has not had a single potty outside. It seems like hes holding it outside because maybe he is not use to going on grass? Right when I take him back inside he pees! Although after this week he is starting to go by the door which is a good sign I guess because he is associating the two. But anywho, I have had several people tell me its near impossible to fully house train a beagle. So I definitely need tips and any help I can get!I have never raised anything but Lab puppies and other than that I have had adult dogs. Please help!
Hell Kristen, I highly suggest crate training him using the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below. That method includes tips like using a potty encouraging spray, only letting the puppy have freedom outside of the crate when his bladder is empty, teaching him a "Go Potty" command, and rewarding him when he pees outside. The combination of the structured schedule, only giving him freedom while his bladder is empty, and rewarding him for going potty outside should significantly help! It can be more work at first but it tends to be the quickest and most sure fire way to potty train a puppy so I especially recommend it for puppies that got off on the wrong foot with potty training. It will also limit his freedom in your house to break his old habit of peeing inside while he establishes a new habit of peeing outside. That is important for him to be successful. It will be important for his crate to be the right size, or he may pee in there like he would a kennel. The crate needs to be big enough for him to lay down and circle around but not big enough for him to pee in one end and stand in the other end away from his pee. You can either purchase a smaller crate and buy a second one when he out grows that one and is hopefully potty trained by then, or you can buy an adult sized crate that comes with a metal divider, which most wire crates do, and use the divider to block off the back of the crate so that the part he is in is small enough. Here is the link to the potty training article below. Follow the "Crate Training" method for Ryder and purchase a potty encouraging spray to spray on the ground where you want him to go potty outside to help him understand what to do outside more quickly. Do not skip the treat rewards. I recommend putting a bag or bowl of treats somewhere out of his reach by the door that you take him to go potty through to help you remember and make it more convenient for you. Also, when you are home, take him out as often as the article recommends but when you are gone off, at three months of age he can hold it for three to four hours during the day while in the crate, but no longer. I would try not to push it all the way to four hours most of the time though because he might have an accident if he did something like drank too much water. Three hours is a bit safer. As he gets older you can add one more hour to that number for his maximum amount of time. The number will always be one more hour than he is months of age. So at four months of age he will be able to go up to five hours between potty breaks when needed. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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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
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