often tell me that they've read online that beagles are hard to train. I think
that is hogwash, probably consisting of rumors started by non-beagle people and
people that have tried and failed because of attempting to train with poor
methods and poor consistency. Check out this video of a very young beagle puppy:
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Some of our beagle puppies are now Search and Rescue dogs.
Beagles are also used as drug-sniffing dogs, especially in airports because
they are non-aggressive and smaller than other drug-dog breeds.
We also know of a beagle that warns its owner of impending
seizures. So, training a beagle is not only "do-able," but they can perform
Training is very important for all puppies, and that
includes more than just potty training. Showing your puppy that you are the
leader of your pack is urgent to prevent your puppy from wandering away and
getting lost or stolen. Solid training can help prevent damage to your home.
Training makes your puppy happier...yes, happier! All intelligent animals
want to feel as though they fit in. Training gives puppies a sense of
accomplishment and comfort in knowing where they fit in to the family
Some thoughts to consider from the beginning:
Crate training is extremely helpful for house/potty
training, and is not cruel. Dogs are "den"
animals, and like sleeping in a place where all sides are covered except
one. Our farm dog, Rose, makes a den in our hay barn where she can curl up
and just look out of a small opening. Summer, winter...temps don't matter.
Puppies inside the house usually find the little "den" under the computer
desk and sleep there. Dogs LIKE dens. Your job is to make sure YOU approach
crate training correctly.
Potty training takes time. Puppies up to 4 months old
need to potty (especially urinate) frequently. When they urinate, they don't
fully void their bladders most of the time. This makes them need to potty
more often than adult dogs, too. And, it is a reason that you'll notice your
puppy potty outside when you take him out, and then within minutes of
returning into the house, pottying again! Stick with it, check out a variety
of methods by searching the Internet, and even consider buying a book about
house training (amazon.com has several available).
95% of our puppies are voluntarily going outside to
potty 100% of the time before they leave us at 8 weeks. But they aren't
potty trained. Instead, they are a combination of crate trained
and doggie-door trained. If you installed a doggie door in your house that
went into a safely-fenced area, and attached an
indoor pen or crate to the
wall there, you could probably potty train your puppy very quickly! When the
puppy is in his/her crate, he/she could go right outside to potty. When not
in the crate (leave the crate door open so he/she can get through to the
doggie door), you'll still have to watch closely to train the puppy that the
whole HOUSE is your crate. However, the puppy may very quickly learn to rush
back through the crate and out the door.
Problem: most people don't
want to cut a hole in their door or house to install an energy-leaking
doggie door. Therefore, solid potty training methods become necessary!
If you know of another great link to add to the ones below that would help puppy
owners, please let us know so we can add it here. Because potty training and
general obedience training benefit each other, the links below cover more than
just house training.
Potty Training (Housetraining)
The potty training is the toughest thing for me, also. So much of it is
"timing," so we start by taking the puppy outside as soon as he/she wakes up
from a nap, and also within 20 minutes of eating if he hasn't shown signs of
wanting to go after eating.
We can usually tell if a puppy has to (I guess I have to say this
word...unavoidable, LOL!) poop. ;-) When they need to go, their bottom/anus
will be puffing out a little bit. If it isn't puffing out, "usually," they
aren't close enough to needing to potty to be able to get them to go at this
age. You'll quickly learn to recognize that physical sign, and also his
signs of looking for a place to go.
We like to take them to the door, set them on the floor, and either tap
their paw on the door or ring a bell (hanging from a string or a bell that
is suctioned to the floor) before proceeding outside. This teaches them that
they need to "give a sign" at the door to signify that they need to go
outside. If we pick them up and carry outside, without stopping and asking
them to make a sign, it may take longer to get them to give you a sign.
When I'm outside with a puppy that I want to go potty, I stand completely
still (unless that doesn't work after a week or two, and then I might try
slow walking). Sometimes, the puppies will come to me and want me to pick
them up, but I ignore them. If I walk around, they seem more interested in
moving with me and not looking for a place to go. I also stand in the same
place every time, so they go potty in the same area every time. Each time
they go outside, they can smell their previous potties there, which I think
also helps them prepare to go. When we play outside, I go to a different
place (away from the potty area) to play for both cleanliness reasons and
also to keep play and potty separate. Many people/trainers even suggest
taking soiled paper towels (pee) and stools from indoor accidents outside
and placing them at the potty location in the yard.
With that said, I also have to acknowledge that young puppies often go
outside, don't go potty, and then return to the house and potty within a few
minutes. Or, they will pee outside a little, go back to the house, and
within a couple minutes will pee more (this often happens if we praise them
before they are finished pottying, which interrupts them so they still have
more urine to expel...it's best to not praise them or move until they are
totally finished). It is normal, because sometimes they really don't have to
go to the bathroom when we take them out. As they learn the potty training
process, they learn to "try" when they go outside, but it's too early for
Pottying in the crate isn't unusual at first, as puppies can't "hold it" for
very long. But, having a too-large crate does give the puppy the idea that
he can use part of the crate for a bathroom, and part for sleeping. So,
blocking off part of the crate so it is just large enough for the bed may be
a good idea until the puppy is potty trained. If a puppy continually pees in
the crate, a drastic measure might need to be taken: leave the wet towel in
the crate and don't use a bed. Quickly, the puppy will discover that you are
no longer refreshing the bed, and he will try to hold it to avoid having to
live in his potty.
GREAT IDEA that works! More links to articles about training a puppy to ring a
bell for potty time:
Puppy potties outside, then comes inside and potties
again? It is usually not due to a
urinary tract infection (though that can occasionally happen), and is very
common! This first article has great tips, and the second one has a better
explanation. First Article:
Click here Second Article: