I'm a new beagle puppy owner and I want to housebreak her so she don't pee and poo al over my house. I had dogs before but I was too young to really care for them and now I want to do things right.
Since I work and my wife has to leave the house almost everyday, she spends some time alone in an enclosed area. I go home for lunch everyday to feed her and give her water, take her out to pee and poo, play with her a little bit and then put her back in her area. I put her bed, her toys and some newspaper there.
I noticed that she will sometimes pee in the living room and the newspaper is not even around. Last night I discovered that she had climbed over the fence, pooped and peed in the living room, climbed back over the fence and go back to bed.
How can I get her to poo and pee on the newspaper when I'm not home, and wait for me to take her outside when I'm in?
praise, praise, praise when she does go on the papers and you see her do it. Even if you look completely ridiculous doing it. my puppy never went potty in her crate so when I wasnt able to watch her, she would go in her crate and when I came home, I would take her out immediately to where she was to go and tell her "go potty" and praise her when she went. I know everyone says it but it is "Consistancy" that works.
I couldn't do it because when I got home my wife had already taken her out. That was before she was fed and watered. After lunch I took her out, but I noticed she was tired. The sun was hot and she was looking for a shade. I left for work and my wife stayed with her for a couple of minutes and then she took her back in.
Is it ok if I traing Nala to go out in the morning, use the paper during the day and then take her out at night? Or should I just train her in one way of doing it, like waiting to go out.
I feed her 3 times a day, but not much food. I give her 3/4 cup throughout the day. The food bag says that I can feed her 2 or 3 times a day. And I take her out after each meal.
Trying to papertrain the puppy while you are gone, then taking it outside while you are home, only confuses puppy... which is it?. Am I suppose to go in the house, or outside? Beagles aren't like toy dogs, they don't have small bladders and they can go outside all winter long, so paper training isn't really necessary. Just stick with housebreaking. How are you feeding it three times a day? Is somebody home all day? Again, beagles aren't small dogs, they are not prone to hypogylcemia, so three meals a day isn't really necessary, and it just insures your pup will need to poop at least three times a day! Twica a day is sufficent, if you are running home at lunch to feed it, it may need to poop after eating but not before you leave again for work. Run home at lunch to give it a potty break and a short walk, some attention, then leave it with a treat, not a meal. A stuffed KONG or a treat-dispencing toy will last longer and keep pup occupied, and it won't necessarily make pup need to go #2 after you leave.
Does your wife work, or does she just spend most of the day out with errands and such? If she isn't gone all day long, try crate training. Your pup won't be able to break out of the crate to leave presents in the living room, and apparently she has already got the concept of not 'going' where she eats, drinks, or sleeps, so she climbs the fence to do her business. =) Crate training builds of of this instinct to keep the 'den' area clean, so it will probably work really well for your dog. Keep her in the crate when no one is at home to watch her. If your wife is at home though, have her in the play pen area and make sure your wife is taking her 'outside' to go potty after meals, naps, vigorous play and every two hours. You didn't mention your pups age, but she should be able to 'hold it' for one hour for every month of age she is. So if she is three months old, she can be in the crate for up to three hours without a potty break. So say you leave at 8, your wife can take pup out and then leave at 9-9:30 if you will be home at noon, if you leave for work again at 12:30, she has until 3-3:30 before she needs to get home to take pup out again. So she can have about 6 straight hours out of the house a day if you guys plan it right, to run errands or shop, whatever she needs to get done. The crate should only be big enough for her to enter, turn around, and lay down, so if she does have an accident, she wont be able to go to the other side of the crate and avoid it. This will be the motivation to keep her crate clean. Google tips on crate-training, it sounds like it would really work for your pup. And stay away from those puppy-pads.
Another thing to consider is that you have a hound. Hounds have an extremely well-developed sense of smell. Dogs learn where to relieve themselves by smell and by repetition/training. If the pup can smell even a trace of urine or feces in your carpet it will seek that spot out to relieve itself. Be very thorough cleaning up after accidents and invest in something formulated to break down urine and pet odors like Nature's Miracle or one of the other commercial products available at any good pet store.
Her age is 2 months and 5 days. I started crate training her last night. My wife borrowed this small crate for that purpose and it's big enough for her to just stand, lay and turn around. We went to bed at around 10 last night and at 12 she started crying, so I took her out and she did her business, but after that she was hyper and wanted to play and run around.
I put her back in the crate and she started crying again, so I stayed next to the crate and told her "Nala, No!" whenever she cry. I did this until she fell asleep again.
At around 4 am she started crying again so I took her out and she just peed, and wanted to play again. I put her back in her crate and started crying, so I kept telling her "Nala, No!" until she fell asleep again. I didn't want to play with her after she went potty because I want her to understand that night is sleeping time.
Same thing happened at 5 am so I took her out and brought her back to the crate. Then I woke up at 6 am to feed and water her and took her out again, and she did her business. After that I played with her because the sun was out, and we run around for a couple of minutes. Then my wife played with her while I did other things and get ready for work. We put her back in the crate and she started crying until she fell asleep.
My wife will take her out today before she leaves and when I get home at noon I will feed and water her and take her out. I have a question about feeding her. I usually sit around while she eats and I noticed that she is not that interested in eating and I think it could be one of three things:
1- She doesn't like the food (It's Eukanuba Puppy food for medium size breeds) 2- She doesn't like her dish (It's a blue two sided dish for food and water) 3- She wants to play with us instead of eating (We are around her while she eats)
Sounds like the first night in the crate went well... no accidents? It is pretty typical for them to cry while adjusting to the crate, just be sure to not reward crying, or she will cry all the time! Keep the crate a comfortable place, if she won't piddle on it or chew it to pieces, keep a blanket or soft pad on the bottom. Keep a toy in it at all times and change the toy out frequently so she doesn't get bored with it. Waking you up at 4 and then 5, when you are getting up again at six is a little excessive, I would take her out twice a night at her age, and no more. The second time you take her out, give her a new toy or a treat-dispensing toy, stuffed KONG, or a chewie to keep her occupied until morning. When she cries, correct her firmly once, ignore all crying after that. Do not feel compelled to sit with her until she falls asleep, or she will make that a habit. I know it is hard to listen to those pathetic little cries, but by sitting with her while she cries and talking to her, even in a corrective tone, you are giving her attention for crying, and for some dogs, all attention is good. As for her eating issues... she is likely just distracted while eating. Her food bowl won't make a difference if she is hungry. Her food isn't the highest of quality, and is full of 'fillers' like corn, so she will need to eat more of it to get the nutrition she needs. If you switch to a higher-quality food, she can get the nutrion she needs from almost half the amount of food, so you wouldn't need to worry about her not eating as much. Other people on the forum love to talk about food, I'm not much an expert in that department but others would give you some better choices and their experiences with different brands. But I think is it probably more due to the fact that she eats pretty often, doesn't ever really 'feel' hunger, and is distracted by all the fun things she could be doing instead. An easy fix is to feed her in her crate and not stand by watching. Pick up the bowl after 15 or 20 minutes so she learns that if she is hungry, she needs to eat while the food is there. =) You may also consider cutting out one of her meals. Especially when you are ready to start teaching obedience commands, you are going to want a puppy that is motivated by food. A puppy not motivavted by treats will be more tricky to train, you will want a hungry pup when you start puppy classes. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Good luck with the crate tonight!
We put a new toy in her crate last night because the one that she had was too dirty, so we gave her one of those kid's rubber mats where they put letters in. She enjoys that and beats up on it whenever she has the chance.
My wife also changed the towel that was in her crate and she says it smelled like pee, so I guess that maybe she didn't let me know when she had to go at least one time. We used an old t-shirt as her new bed in the crate.
Is it normal for a puppy to pee and poo inside the house even though I am training her to wait until she is outside? That happened yesterday. She just peed, but she did like 3 times in about 10 minutes. And she peed on her other bed. The one that we got before the crate. And on our rug.
She cried a little last night, then she went to bed. I will stop sitting by her until she goes to sleep. The thing is that whenever I take her out in the middle of the night, she wants to play and is full of energy at that time, while I'm ready to go back to bed.
I will try another brand of food, but I will love some tips. I want her to be well fed so she can be healthy.