House Training a Beagle
When you bring your Beagle puppy home for the first time, one of the first problems you will run into is potty training. It’s not a pleasant problem to deal with so I suggest you start house-training the puppy as soon as possible. Don’t let him turn pooping and peeing indoors into a habit.
Now don’t get me wrong. If your adult Beagle still goes potty indoors and has never been house trained, all hope is not lost. You can still teach older dogs to do their doggy business outdoors, it will just take a little longer and you will need more patience (more on that further down the page).
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Beagles are quite smart dogs and learn real quick that pooping and peeing indoors (where they eat and sleep) is not a good idea. So your job is just to show them the appropriate place to go potty. As soon as they learn that going potty is only acceptable outdoors, you can say goodbye to your housebreaking worries.
So how exactly do you do that? Well the easiest way is through rewarding the puppy for going potty outside with a treat and praise. Don’t worry – you won’t have to do this every time your Beagle pees outside, just while he is learning.
Of course he won’t realize that you want him to pee or poop out in the grass right away. So to encourage him to go potty outdoors instead of indoors, you will have to spend more time with him outside. Here are some Beagle puppy housetraining tips:
- Take him out for a walk first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed.
- Carry some treats with you when you go out on a walk with the puppy so that you can reward him for going potty outdoors.
- Take him out 15-20 minutes after each meal. This is around the time most puppies need to go out after eating.
- Spend more time with him outside while he is being housetrained. Once he learns that he can’t pee indoors, he will be able to hold “it” in for longer.
- Don’t rush back home as soon as he is done with his business. Let him play outside a bit so that he doesn’t hold it in to extend the time outside.
- Take him out on a familiar path. He will be more likely to go potty again in the same spot he went previously.
How to Deal with a Beagle Going Potty Indoors
Many dog owners don’t realize that if they catch their Beagle peeing on the rug, punishing or yelling at the dog is the last thing they should do. Instead what you should do is use the opportunity to teach him.
Catching Him in Action
First thing you have to do is tell him “No!” You don’t have to shout it though. Just say it in a stern and clear voice so that he hears you. When you get his attention, he will start wondering what exactly you mean by that. So show him the proper location for him to potty.
Quickly pick him up and carry him outside. He might not to want to finish right away after being dragged outdoors, so wait a little bit. If he didn’t finish on your carpet, he will finish out in the grass. And when he does you can reward him for it, despite the fact that you have to go back home and clean up the mess.
Discovering an Old Mess
Unfortunately dogs have a really short attention span. So when you start yelling at your Beagle for a mess he did 20 minutes ago, he won’t understand why you’re so angry. Only thing you can do is thoroughly clean everything up and get rid of any odor so he is not tempted to go potty in the same spot again.
House Training an Adult Beagle Dog
The tips above work both on puppies and adults. The only difference between house training an adult Beagle and a puppy is that for the older dog going potty indoors has already become a habit.
So now your goal is to break that habit and teach him a new one. Of course the key to forming any new habit is to be consistent day after day until it gets to the point where the dog doesn’t even have to think about it anymore.
So use the tips from above to house train your adult Beagle. Take note of the time when he needs to go out and make a schedule. With practice and time you will have a house trained dog.
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