Beagle Potty Training – An Introduction
Potty training a puppy is often the aspect of pet ownership that people dread thinking about. While beagle potty training can certainly be something of a challenge, it will definitely challenge your patience and your tolerance for your puppy infinitely more if you do not take the responsible steps to approach your beagle’s potty training with a positive attitude and as early on as possible!
Make It A Positive Experience
Puppies are like all youngsters – they want to explore, have fun, and don’t want to be disciplined! You should never raise your voice to a young dog as this will not only instill a sense of fear of you in him but it will also bring with it a negative association to the action that he is being yelled at for. For example, if your puppy has an accident in the house you should avoid the urge to raise your voice and tell him “NO!” Instead, say something along the lines of “Ooopsie! Let’s go out!” Even if your puppy doesn’t answer the call of nature again once you take him outside, he will still form an association between what he has just done inside and being outside.
When your puppy gets up in the morning you should make a game of running to your backdoor with him, encouraging him to come with you, “Come on! Let’s go out!” Puppies are so easily influenced with exuberance that your beagle is very likely to bound after you as you run outside with him. Once he is outside he is certain to understand what he is there for!
Know Your Puppy’s Signals
To help make potty training beagles a little easier it is important that you take the time to observe your puppy and the signals that he displays right before he has the urge to answer his calls of nature. Some puppies will whine right away, some will start sniffing the ground for the perfect spot, and some will even run off to a hidden corner. By carefully observing the signals that your puppy displays you will be able to quickly intervene and take him outside onto the grass immediately.
It won’t be long before your puppy is looking directly at you and alerting you to the fact that he needs to go outside.
A Doggy Door
The installation of a doggy door leading out to your backyard can be a lifesaving tool when it comes to potty training a beagle. Once your dog is aware that the door leads to the place where he needs to head to in order to attend to his important dog matters, he will not only be able to head on outside by himself when he needs to but it will also greatly reduce the number of incidents during the day when you are at work.
Effective Spot Treatment
Beagles have an incredibly acute sense of smell so it is important that you take the immediate steps to remove any odors and stains that may be associated with eliminating inside of your home. This will not only provide you with a more hygienic home to live in but it will also reduce the confusion your dog may feel over a specific spot being an acceptable place to use in lieu of going outside. There are several products available from stores that specialize in pet products as well as several natural home remedies like baking soda and vinegar!
By removing all traces of prior inside accidents and keeping your beagle potty training as positive and upbeat as is possible, your beagle is certain to catch on very rapidly to the idea that he needs to alert you to his needs to go outside to attend to his important calls of nature!