I have had my beagle puppy for 4 weeks now and I am failing miserably about house breaking her. She knows simple things like sit, and no. But just can't seem to get the hang of were to go to the potty. I have tried everything. I am currently doing the whole 90% in the crate training method but even that is not working....HELP!!!
She is still young. Alot of pups don't really get it until really get it until they are around 6months. Keep working on her/him. You really need to take them out every couple of hours, and heavily praise when she goes outside. It should come soon, they she should come soon.
I don't claim to be an expert, just someone who has always had dogs in my long life. The best method I have found is;
Just as it is with human toddlers, Patience, observation and praise are the best tools in housebreaking a pup. Not only are the "signals" new to him (remember, mom cleaned up after him before he came home with you), the connection between eating/drinking and having to go out to evacuate is a whole new territory.
Schedule feeding at regular times (free feeding and housebreaking don't mix). Take the pup out at 30 minutes to see if he'll go. If not, try 15 minute intervals until you can figure out how long after eating the pup needs to eliminate. You should be able to figure it out after a couple of days. Then you'll know how soon after you feed him he will need to go out.
Drinking/urinating is a bit more problematic as you never want to deprive the pup of water. As long as the pup is indoors you can try offering water every 30 minutes (for younger pups)to an hour (as he matures). Put the water down, let the pup drink then go out at 10 minute intervals (bladder muscles are not fully developed yet). Once he goes you an idea of how long the pup can hold it.
It seems like a lot of effort with endless trips outdoors, but it's the way to succeed without causing stress for you and the pup.
You have to play detective, determine how long the pup can hold it, then get him outdoors and praise him and yourself for a job well done.
Just as with toddlers, as the pup matures, he will develop better control and will be able to hold it longer.
Hope this helps.
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