Training a beagle puppy to use the bathroom outside can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be!
The most important thing to remember is that while a beagle puppy may not be house-trained when he arrives in your home, you will eventually get there with patience and some effort. It can take a while for toilet training to “click”, but it will happen eventually!
If you follow these eight easy steps and tips, for everything you need to know about house training a Beagle Puppy, your puppy will be house trained in no time at all!
1. How long does it take to house train a beagle puppy?
All puppies are different, and the time it takes can vary from puppy to puppy. It can take as little as two weeks to house train your pup if you are consistent and follow these steps successfully.
You should also know that while time is important, consistency is equally crucial for success. Your puppy won’t learn where and when to go to the toilet unless you are consistent; this means following the same routine and schedule every day until going outside for their toilet break is second nature.
2. How often do Beagle puppies poop ?
Puppies poop a lot – especially when they are young and growing quickly! This means you need to be prepared for lots of toilet accidents during this time. However, as your pup matures it will become more regular in its bowel habits. You should expect to see fewer poops throughout the day, and as long as you are consistent with your training your puppy will learn to tell you when they need to go.
As your pup matures, the frequency of its bowel movements will decrease and you may only see one or two poops a day. However, if they have been eating lots of food lately then there is an increased chance that they’ll poop more than usual – especially when first awakened after sleeping through the night, or after playtime and shortly before or after eating.
3. Identify your preferred spot for your beagle puppy to go toilet.
Make sure you have a crate, freshwater, clean bedding, and toys for your pup so that he has a pleasant place to stay in your home.
Start by picking a designated spot outside for your puppy to use as their bathroom. This could be in your garden, at a dog park or on the sidewalk (remember to scoop the poop). Beagles are natural hunters, so they must have plenty of sniffing room when going potty. If you live in an apartment with no yard, find the nearest grassy area possible outside.
Make sure your garden is secure with a fence or screens so that your puppy doesn’t escape. Beagles are masters at escaping from all types of gardens and yards, ,so it’s important to be prepared for this.
Tip – Do not let the puppy out of your sight; this is when accidents happen. Beagles are very nosey and will be interested in smelling (and eating) anything they come into contact with,, including dirt, food left on the ground or even a discarded cigarette butt!
4. Establish a routine and cue word
When the puppy is six to eight weeks old, start taking it outside every hour. When you’re taking your pup out of his crate or taking outside for a toilet break, call out a specific word every time. Your puppy will eventually associate this word with going to the toilet. We have always used the word “empties” with our beagle pups, everytime they went to the toilet, or we took them outside we would call the word out repeatedly until they did their business.
5. How often and when should i take my pup for a toilet break?
Take the puppy out every hour on the hour, and if he doesn’t go empties, take him back inside and try again in 15 minutes. The best time to take them out is after eating or playing or if there has been a significant time between toilet breaks, say 2 hours or so.
In the very early stages you will need to keep an eye on your pup, if she looks like she is about to toilet you will need to scoop her up and take her to the designated toilet area, remembering to say your chosen associated word when they start doing a poo or wee, then reward them when thye have finsished.This step is vitally important for long term success and consistency is key.
6. Reward and praise.
In order to house train a beagle puppy, you must first understand the breed and what motivates them. Often, the biggest motivation for a beagle is food. By treating your puppy with a treat when they do something you approve of they start to associate that action with receiving a treat!
The beagle is an outgoing and adventurous dog breed that can be stubborn and hard to train. The key to successful house training with a beagle puppy is consistency. You need to ensure that you reward and praise your puppy as often as possible when they do something you want them to do.
Praise your pup when he goes outside to toilet (even if it’s not where you wanted him to) and give him a treat as well. This will show him that what you want gets attention, which is positive for long-term success.
If your puppy does an accident inside, don’t punish them. Clean it up as best you can without scolding or yelling at your pup; punishing your dog just makes them confused and anxious about going to the toilet .
7. Be prepared for every eventually!
Be prepared for when you can’t be there to supervise your pup. If they’re in a crate, make sure the door is open so that they can get out and find their own toilet area if needed (and praise them profusely when they do).
When potty training, it’s a good idea to have lots of treats at hand. You can purchase specific training treats, which tend to be expensive. I find a small (5kg) bag of quality kibble lasts much longer, saving you money!
Tip – It’s important not to give your puppy too many snacks and food treats, or they’ll start to get fat! Take note of your puppies daily food intake recommendations and adjust their meal times to take into account training treats.
You should also have a handful of poo bags on hand for when you need them – we never know what will happen, and it’s better safe than sorry! Use paper towels and a non toxic detergent to clean up any accidents. The important thing is not to punish your puppy for a toilet accident as they don’t know what’s going on – just be prepared with the necessary cleaning products.
You are likely to spend a lot of time outside while you are training your puppy to use the toilet, so having a warm coat or sweater on hand is useful, there is nothing worse than standing out in the cold or rain at all hours of the night while you wait for your pup to go to the toilet!
If you’re going to be away from your puppy for a short while, make sure they have plenty of water and food available in their crate or designated room. It’s a good idea to start small and build up. Start leaving your dog alone inside while you’re running errands and gradually increase their time away from you by 15 minutes every day until they are comfortable being left alone for a few hours. This way you are less likely to encourager separation anxiety in your beagle.
You may want to use puppy training pads for those times where you have no choice but to leave your puppy at home alone (not too long, though, read our post about separation anxiety here). Puppy pads help absorb any mess while you are not around to clean up, It is very important that the area where your pup will go to the toilet remain as clean as possible until they are fully housetrained and
8. How to deal with inevitable accidents
Clean any accidents thoroughly with soap and water, then spray it down with vinegar to discourage future use. This is that it helps break up uric acid (pee) molecules which can cause odours. Don’t be tempted to limit their access to freshwater to stop them from peeing as much. This will actually just make them drink more and pee in other places. It is better to give your beagle a fresh bowl of water every time they drink from their present one than it is to reduce access to water so that the bladder holds less fluid.
- Be consistent and stick to a routine, this will help you potty train your puppy much quicker.
- Take your puppy to the toilet at least every hour to start with, this will get less over time. Keep an eye on your pup’s behaviour, if they look like they need the toilet scoop them up and place them outside.
- Identify a spot where your puppy can go to the toilet, outside, and perhaps on absorbent pads inside the house to help them understand where you do and do not want them to toilet.
- Use a ‘cue’ word when your puppy needs to go to the toilet. Your puppy will associate this word with going to the toilet which you can use to encourage them to go on command.
- Always reward and praise your pup when they do something good, never scold or shout at your puppy!
- Have plenty of treats at hand to praise your pup, have plenty of poo bags and paper to clean up any accidents, and finally have a warm, waterproof coat at hand to make going outside more bearable for you.
Potty training your beagle puppy can be frustrating at times , but it is an important part of dog ownership. You may have to spend a lot more time than you anticipated on this task, and that’s ok! It will be worth the effort in the end when your house remains free from any unpleasant surprises or smells.
If you are looking for more help and advice with your new beagle pup, we wrote a post all about what to do when you first bring your puppy home, you can read it here.
Be patient with yourself and your puppy and don’t get discouraged by the odd accident in the home!