Question by Just Me: Re-house training a Beagle?
We acquired an adult (2-3 years old) male Beagle. The previous owner told us that he was house trained, and it seemed that way for the first two days that we had him at home. He had no accidents in the house, and would promptly go to the bathroom when taken outside. However, after the first couple of days, that all changed. He suddenly began peeing and pooping in the floor, both while we were here and while we were away. It has resulted in a lot of frustration on our part, as we really didn’t want to have to train a dog.
So far, we have been keeping him confined to the living area, which is where we are mostly, making him stay close to us and not allowing him to roam. When we are away, or while we are here and unable to closely monitor him, we crate him. We haven’t allowed him to “free feed” by just leaving food and water out, we have set up certain times for him to eat and drink, walking him about ten minutes after he eats, and then walking him every 1-2 hours throughout the day. When he goes outside, we make a HUGE deal out of it, petting him, belly rubs, and treats. So far, we have had a lot of success with him going outside to pee. He also “marks” since he is unneutered, but he is set to be fixed tomorrow morning at the vet, so we are hoping that problem will soon be resolved. About two weeks prior to receiving him, the previous owner took him to the vet, where he got a clean bill of health (I have all of the records to confirm this.), so I know if isn’t a health issue making him go to the bathroom in the house.
So now the problem is, we still struggle to get him to poop outside. Every day, he poops in his crate, usually 10-15 minutes AFTER being walked (and we walk him for no less than 5-10 minutes, telling him constantly “Go to the bathroom. Go poop.” and not allowing him to get distracted. Still….no luck. He doesn’t defecate at any “set” time (sometimes it’s morning, afternoon, or evening..ALWAYS after being walked. So it’s not like he poops during the night. It is always after he is walked.) We just don’t know what to do, of how to get him to go outside. When we catch him doing it, we always point to the mess and say, “Bad dog!!! NO!” and he seems to understand that we are mad about him making a mess, but it isn’t making a difference.
So my question is, any tips on how to get him to start pooping outside? If we can only get him to do it a few times, we can lavish him with praise and I know then he would really understand. The problem is, he doesn’t seem to want to go. We have walked him all over the front and back yard, and my husband has even taken him up the street a ways. Still…nothing! Any advice? I know that beagles can be REALLY stubborn, so it’s making it a little hard for us, but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Answer by Bozema
My advice is to lengthen those walks a bit and make them vigorous. Beagles need a lot of exercise and you need to get him moving. 5-10 minutes twice a day at a strolling pace is not enough vigorous exercise for this breed. If you take him for a 30-45 minute brisk walk, he’ll be more inclined to poop at appropriate times.
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