Properly potty training your beagle is essential for a happy home and obedient puppy. Needless to say, the process should start the moment you bring your new beagle puppy home.
Most estimates say that potty training your beagle shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks, but in reality, the length of time all depends on the training technique you use, as well as the intelligence and determination of the dog. The important thing to remember is to pack some patience and not get angry when your pup does go inside the house.
Remain calm and continue to enforce the rules of your home. If your puppy is taking a long time to learn the ropes, take a step back and think about what you may be doing wrong. It could be something as simple as giving the wrong command or just not enforcing the rules enough.
Keep a Close Eye on Them
To really maximize your potty training efforts, it is best to keep a very close eye on your beagle pup while they are trying to go potty.
If you live at an apartment complex, try carrying some treats with you when you take them for a walk. Reward them for going potty. If you live at a house with a backyard, give your beagle pup some space, but still be sure to reward them for going potty.
Limit the Amount of Food & Water
It may also be wise to limit how much food and water is available to your puppy. Obviously, the more they eat, the more they have to go. Like most puppies, beagles can have a hard time “holding it in” after consuming a big meal. If you create set times for them to eat, this will help put them on a potty routine.
After they do eat, be ready to take them out. It’s not unusual for a puppy to need to go a few minutes after eating a big meal. With Lola, she would finish eating and then immediately have the urge to go potty. So, it really just depends on the dog, which is why it is important for you to learn about your pup’s elimination process.
Rewards and Praise
Praising your beagle puppy for going potty outside is the key to a successful potty training program. It is very important to reward your pup for getting the job done. Give them a treat, get them excited about going potty and don’t forget to scratch them behind the ears.
They will quickly learn that they will be rewarded for going potty outside, instead of inside. In turn, your puppy will try hard to get rewarded again, and will strive to please you. This is the moment that your potty training program has succeeded. This is the moment you work hard to achieve.
Try Not to Scold or Get Angry
The number one mistake owners make, is they get angry and yell at their dog whenever they go inside. We’ve all probably done it a few times, but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t help with potty training.
Sure, scolding your puppy may make you feel better for having to clean up poop, again. But, most likely, your pup doesn’t know why they are being yelled at. If this is the case, it is possible for them to start to fear you and/or completely shut you out. Not only will this make it hard to potty train your beagle, but will most likely lead to more accidents in the house, and ultimately, more poop for you to clean up.
Just remember to be positive at all times, even when you don’t want to. Accidents happen. We all make mistakes, but with proper training from the start, you can limit the amount of mistakes your beagle puppy makes.
Potty Training my Lemon Beagle Puppy
Beagle potty training is certainly not an easy task. Trust me, when I was potty training Lola, I did all sorts of things wrong. In retrospect, I know I could’ve done a better job at keeping my patience and setting up a more organized feeding/walking routine.
I write this article, because I don’t want other beagle owners to go down the same path I did. Beagles can be a very stubborn breed, but with proper dedication, you can teach your beagle anything.
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