Q: How to train beagle to indicate need to go outside?

June 23, 2012 | By Emhoward50 | 2 answers | Expired: 1310 days ago

How to train beagle to indicate need to go outside?

I just got a 6 year old female rescue beagle. I do not know her history, but think she may have been in a puppy mill. I take her outside every 4 hours for walks but she still pees inside at times without showing any signs that she needs to go. How can she be trained to let me know she needs to go out? She is super sweet and gentle and I never reprimand her when she pees on the carpet, but praise her generously when she goes outside.

Readers' Answers (2)

Jun 27, 2012

My grandma has that problem with her miniture rescue poodle Cricket she had to take Cricket out every hour and now she takes her out every two hours and Cricket will still sneak off sometimes and potty in the house I have a couple of ideas though that I have learned from rescues and dog trainers the first one use the scented potty pads in the house it makes them want to use them put them there were she goes the most in the house and very slowly move them each day closer and closer to the door and then outside soon enough she may go outside with out them, the next is train her to go to the door, scratch at the door, come to you or even ring a bell when she needs to go outside, you may also go to a vet and see if she has a bladder problem of some sort, she may not understand since she was rescued that she needs to potty outside do you have a cat you could litter box train her or even train her to use the toilet there are books you can buy that will teach you the training for some of this stuff. Good Luck!

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Jul 02, 2012

Dogs from puppy mills are forced to potty where they eat and sleep, so that behavior is ingrained in her. Everything that you're doing so far is right. never scold or punish them, just praise them when they do it right. She has to be retrained so start from scratch just like you would with a new puppy.

Don't let her have free run of the entire house unless you are able to keep an eye on her. If you have to leave, take her outside on a leash and keep out there until she potties. Give her verbal cues by using the "go potty" command. Praise her when she does. If she doesn't go after a period of time, run around the yard with her to kind of force her to stop holding it in. Once she goes potty, bring her inside and put her in her crate or if she's not crate trained, in a small area cordoned off with baby gates. The smaller the area, the more likely she is to keep it clean. Don't leave her in there for more than a few hours. If possible when starting the training process, take her out every two hours.

When you're home make sure she stays in the same room with you so you can monitor her. Dogs often are signaling that they need to potty when they wander off into another room or start sniffing around on the floor. As soon as you see her doing that, take her outside until she potties.

Make sure she either stays in the room with you at night or in her crate or enclosure. If she's really stubborn about it, you can start with a small area like a crate and gradually expand her area as she becomes better at letting you know she needs to go outside. Let her out forst thing in the morning before playing, feeding, or anything. It should be your first action upon waking up. She'll learn that that is what is expected of her and it's her only option for pottying. Continue to praise her when she goes outside. Learn her patterns and behaviors and you'll probably find that she is telling you she needs to go out, it's just not so obvious as going to the door and scratching or barking. My dog starts roaming around the room with her nose to the floor and then heads to another room for privacy if I ignore her. I've learned to pay attention to what she's telling me.

Eventually, if you consistently use the "go potty" command or whatever phrase you choose, you'll be able to just ask if she needs to potty and she'll run to the door if she does.

I'd be careful about trying to toilet train a dog. Toilets are dangerous for dogs and cats. They can drown in a toilet if they fall in and toilet seats are very slippery for little paws. Toilets lids should remain in the closed position unless in use when you have pets. Some people use training pads, but for some dogs it only reinforces that its okay to go in that spot in the house.

Good luck. It doesn't happen overnight. You just have to be consistent and persistent.

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