C.M. asks from Waukegan, IL on May 27, 2008
Seeking Suggestions on Housebreaking Beagle Puppy
I just got a baby girl beagle;she is a little over two months old. This is my first dog and I really don't know how to housebreak the dog. I live in an apartment on the 4th floor so I am not sure how to teach her to do "her business" only in the designated area. EX: on the training pads or in the litter box. It is just hard to bring her up and down all the time and it seems that at this stage she might have an accident on the way outside. Any suggestions on how to housebreak and discipline the pup would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
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Thank You so much everyone!!! I have gotten some real great responses and support. I feel more reassured that I will be able to care for my puppy so that she grows up to be healthy and great.
Thanks again!!! =)
E.F. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
We would always take the puppy outside after they eat to get them used to that and then we got them on a schedule of different times to take them out other than after meal times. I've always taken my dog outside. I only put a pad down for night time or when we left the house and kept the puppy in one room like the kitchen. It's just a matter of doing it over and over again and cleaning up a lot of messes along the way. Good Luck!
D.G. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
I have two beagles of my own and had 1 beagle prior to the two I currently have! I have had my fill of beagles! First of all, you have to know that beagles are extremely stubborn and willful. This it makes it more difficult, but not impossible. Since you are living in an apartment, I would keep the pup with you at all times. Try and keep track of how often s/he needs to go out. The rule of thumb in my house was whenever the dog would refill with water, she would go out to pee. When you do take her out, try to go to the same spot each time and after she goes praise her like crazy, reminding her pee pee outside, poo poo outside, good dog. She will eventually learn, it just takes time. The thing you want to try to do is get to her before she has an accident in the house. That will make it a much more positive experience for both of you. If all else fails, you can always praise her with a tiny treat, not to big because beagles tend to put on the weight. A lot of trainers don't like treats, because it is hard to have them with you all of the time. Praise is the best! Remember to use the same potty language when you go out. They will get to understand that. Also, if you don't have kids yet, keep your pup social with little ones. This will make it a better kid friendly dog if you ever decide to have kids. I wish you the best of luck training your beagle. Please email with any questions if you have any! I would love to try to help someone who is going through stuff that I have been through! Be patient, it will not happen overnight, but when she is finally trained, she will be great dog, just like my two(a little nuts, but great)!
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K.G. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
Here is what I suggest...
First, you should pick a word you're going to use, like "potty" or "outside". If she starts to go in the wrong spot get her attention by saying you're word.. let's just say it's "potty!" You can clap or make a loud sound to distract and stop her. Immediately put her in the correct place. When she goes in the correct place say "Good Potty!" in a praising tone of voice. That reinforces the word even more. It also helps to have the same feeding schedule each day and to give her plenty of opportunities to go potty.
DO NOT stick her nose in her pee or poo. If you can't catch her in the act it does no good to yell at her or stick her nose near where she went, she wont understand.
The main thing with puppy training is to associate good things with good behavior and bad with bad behavior. When she does something you like, give lots of praise or a treat. When she does something you don't like you can make a loud sound like shaking a can of pennies or slapping a rolled up magazine on something.
Another thought is, even though you are training her to go on a pad in the house, it may be a good idea to get her used to going on grass as well. I think it usually should take only a few weeks to housetrain a puppy.
Make sure you socialize her and get her used to anything you want her to be used to (car rides, different people, animals and surroundings etc).
I hope this helps. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. I love dogs. We are currently training our new Australian Shepard puppy (: Good luck!
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T.C. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
Karla G just summed up everything I was going to say! I have 2 Beagle babies! Well, they arent really babies anymore! We trained just like she said and it worked wonders. Our first Beagle took us about 2 weeks to train to go to the door when she needed to go out. Our second one took only 2 days... but I think she just was following the example of the older one.
The only thing I do suggest is to be careful using treats as rewards... Beagles are VERY smart and VERY VERY stubborn! Mine learned that they get treats when the come in so they would come in and then get a treat and turn around and go right back outside. This went on for hours sometimes. They also refused to come in if I did not offer them a treat. One night they were out for hours in the rain since they are very stubborn... I was even more though then them! lol In the end I finally stopped buying all treats for awhile and now I will only use them when they do not try to steal food from the baby or cry non stop while she is eating.
Beagles are chow hounds!!!! My oldest one is 50 pounds... VERY overweight... she is on a diet with green beans and 1/4 the food she would normally eat and we take up the dish when she is done. She is fed on a schedule. THe other one is also on a diet as she weighs in at 34 pounds... not as severe of a diet but she definately needs to lose weight too. So be very careful about treats! Praise is really the best thing to use. Kindda like you wouldnt want to give your child candy each time they did something good!
Good luck training your Beagle baby!!
M.T. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
We have a mut, which is part beagle. When we adopted him he was about 4 months old and not potty trained. We brought him home and did everything possible to potty train him, including taking him outside all the time which was suggested by the trainer in his doggy day care. What we later learned is that beagles have a delicite bladder and take a lot longer to potty train than other dogs. Try googling potty training a beagle. So I guess just be patient. If you see your pup in the act say "NO" and put her nose close tot he accident (no hitting necessary, a stern quick "NO" will get through). Remember if they potty and you do not see her do it, do not put their nose near the accident because they have no clue what your doing. Caught in the act is great. But again, just be patient with their little bladder.
K.L. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
Congrats on the new puppy!
I would suggest buying the puppy training pads. They have a scent in them that attracts dogs to it. I would also see about asking a vet or taking the puppy to Petsmart or Petco for trainging classes. If you are looking for a vetrinarian in the south suburbs, look up my cousin, Dr. Joel Mills at Palos Animal Hospital! Good Luck!
S.W. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
My dog new every trick except to do her business outside. while 2 months is still young there is only one way to potty train the dog. many people are against this but it has been used for centeries- put their nose up to it. say no no and use a rolled magazine and swat the bottom and then take them outside. after a few times of consistant training they get it.
A.M. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
do you have a crate? a lot of people think crating is mean but it really turns into your pups "safe house". my 4 y.o. dog will go into her crate when things are getting crazy in the house and just chill out. there is a book called "My Smart Puppy" that is a great resource. I don't have experience training on pads but a lot of people have success with them. good luck!
K.C. answers from Toledo on May 28, 2008
My friend uses a pee stick. I was amazed when I saw this. They would have the dog smell it and within seconds her dog would pee. As soon as your dog wakes up have her smell the stick and then put her on the pad. Hope this helps.