I need as much advice as anyone can share. We have had a beagle puppy since July. She was about 8 weeks old when we brought her home. I'm am feeling very frustrated with her biting and her accidents all over the house! I'm not sure how to disipline her. I have tried using a spray bottle but she liked it so I stopped. Then I was told to use a magizine or something of that sort so that way she understands that the magazine means NO/BAD and it will also allow her not to be scared of humans and just the magazine but now I'm reading that isn't good either. We are constantly telling her no and it seems like a neverending battle. I guess I should also inform you that we have never had a puppy and finding out it is not as easy as we thought. What are the correct ways of disipling and training so she is not scared of us and how long will it take her to get the HINT! I notice when she is being punished that she crouches down. Is that a sign she is scared or does she know she is doing something wrong :-( !!!!!!
I just got my first puppy in August, she is a Papillion and is 13 weeks old. I did ALOT of research on puppy training as my other three dogs were adult rescues and pretty well trained. First of all, get a crate to put her in at night and when you cant supervise. The first day you get it spend all of your time with her, putting her in with treats and toys about 5 minutes then bring her out. Increase the time as much as possible during that day. That night, expect NO SLEEP, as she will cry. Only let her out to go potty during the night, then right back in.
Also, I enrolled in Petsmart's puppy class, we are in our third week and she's doing really well.
Having a new puppy is like having a new baby, I feel I was pretty prepared for this, but I can understand the overwhelming frustration as well.
Someone else here correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the crouching is she's becoming afraid of you.
I bought a book called Puppy Training: Owner's week by week training guide by Charlotte Schwartz.
It's really well written and easy to follow. I read it cover to cover before we even brought Sadie home.
***Edited By: newpapmama on 9/25/2006 4:10:34 PM*** Reason: more stuff
A tired puppy is a (more) obedient puppy. Make sure you are taking your pup for walks and giving him opportunities to release his crazy puppy energy in a way that doesn't get him in trouble. That will help a lot.
As far as potty training goes, I have found success with a tough to train puppy by giving them a tiny treat as soon as they squat/lift leg to go potty when outside. AS SOON AS THEY SQUAT TO GO! They will then begin to associate the potty process with something good. Just a tiny treat will do--about the size of a pencil eraser is plenty.
Perseverence--persistence--and PRAISE--make sure to "catch" your puppy being good. Be super happy when they potty outside. He wants your approval most of all! When you need to correct the puppy, use a firm voice, stay in control. Don't yell and scream as these tactics only scare your puppy. Bigger is NOT better in this case!
I am positive our more experienced and knowledgable members will continue to give you great advice on how to best train your puppy. I tend to not be so freaked out about puppy stuff, I dont do obedience training, and I just know that 99pct of it they will 'grow out of', so I dont stress.
So, while I won't give you any suggestions, I will say this much. Just KNOW and be reassured in this: Wahtever route you choose, whatever method you decide upon, whatever classes you go to, puppies will be puppies, but it DOES get better with time. Their bladders get bigger and stronger, their teething stages end, everything puppy does eventually end. So stay strong, relax, love and enjoy your pup, and get through it. It will be well worth it in the end :)
Good luck, keep on keepin on!! You're doing great!
Thanks everyone for you feed back. I just want my family and I to have a strong loving relationship with our dog but she makes it very difficult when I feel as though we are always correcting her. Even though we try and make quality time for her she can't just sit there without biting and then the frustration starts all over again. I will remember that she will grow out of it. I also have 3 kids in which the youngest is 20 months and having two toddlers (the puppy and my daughter) it's not an easy task. thanks again.
Yeah, that makes sense. It probably does feel like it's 95pct correction, and not really a bonding per se.. but those corrections are still creating a bond between you all, and 9-12 months of chaos is worth the next 9-12 years of loyal love and devotion :)
Bless you and your busy life! Three kids and a pup! Phew, you go, chica, nice job, being able to handle it all.
There is a spray at Petsmart (don't inhale, its like pepper spray to humans I swear). When Mollie would bite or chew (this was when she was older) we would spray her on the nose with this stuff. Now whenever I hold a spray bottle she stops. I only had to use the stuff twice, and now anything works, point and they stop.
Its probably in the isle next to Bitter apple (?), its a dog detterent, make sure its the one that can be sprayed at the dog.
This is what we used when doggy classes and simple correction failed.
Warning, do not inhale or spray into any breeze where the spray will woft to you. its nasty.
***Edited By: bogle lover on 9/25/2006 5:33:00 PM*** Reason: add
she sounds like an average, ornery beagle pup. They are a pretty stubborn breed, and can be hard to train. It tells you that on almost every book that you read about beagles... Maybe you should've done a wee bit more research before purchasing her.
Oh Beagles... :) My puppy is half a beagle so I understand! The key is POSITIVE training. Reward her for what she's doing right more than punish her when she's doing something wrong. And it's also important to be CONSISTENT. Don't send mix signals that it's OK to do something today and suddenly it's not OK the next day. There are a lot of great resources out there. I can't say much because every dog is different and respond differently, so goodluck!
Beagles can be REALLY hard to housebreak. - the kind of thing you want to know before you get the puppy LOL.
You just need to prepare yourself for a process that could easily last past his first birthday. Beagles are such sweeties. I have found that, in general, milder methods are more effective no matter how mad I get.
Wait until he gets loose outside and you try to get him to come. IMO they aren't really all that stubborn, they are just not terribly bright when it comes to training.