What is the best way to house train a new puppy???

"Biscuit" - This is a photo of my son's new Beagle puppy named Buscuit....
United States
August 30, 2007 9:48am CST
About a week ago, my 27 year old on bought my 5 yr. old a new Beagle puppy that is only 6 weeks old.... I have allowed him to keep it in the house but am getting upset about the toileting of this dog.... It has been a long time since I have had to break a new puppy into being house trained and would like some advice... Alex named him "Biscuit" and he is the cutest thing but I can not handle a dog being untrained in my home... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
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• United States
30 Aug 07
OH that is just adorable!! Well when I trained my dog, I would just have to watch him closely and if he got to sniffing around places I would take him to the door and scratch his paw on the door then I would let him out and he would go to the bathroom. Usually when a dog is sniffing about frantically or you notice they are really into the sniffing it means they are looking for somewhere to go. Aso get the dog on a schedule to be taken outdoors. It may take some time but the dog will learn that you dont go indoors. Do your best to clean the spots where he is going in the house tho, he will be able to sniff them out later on and still think its ok to go there. Good luck!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
30 Aug 07
We used a crate to train our dog. when it first came home it stayed mostly in the crate. i took it out about every 2 hours to pee and then let it play with our kids a few minutes and then put it back in the crate. after awhile i let it out a little longer before it went back in the crate and continued to take it outside. it didn't take too long and she got the idea.
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
30 Aug 07
The crate training is also a form of paper training. Heres another link that also deals with indoor and outdoor traing the puppy. http://www.about-dogs.com/puppy_potty_training.htm HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Ooops meant to add this in my comment. HAHAHA! Sorry kind of. LOL!!
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 07
Hi there Sweetie Well all the Puppies I have had have been trained by me covering the Floor with News Papers so they learn that is where they are allowed to go then every second Day I would remove a sheet if they then went on the Carpet I would put the sheet back for a few more Days then each Day I would remove a sheet so that the Puppie would know it is only aloud to go on the sheet and if there is not sheet left then they are not allowed to go I would take them out first thing in the Morning and stay out till they did their Business, then again 2 hours later and so on After a Week it would be first thing in the Morning and then 3 hours after and so on If you have a Garden that is even better lol Then I would let them out in the Morning and every 4 hours after that and of course last thing at Night It worked on everyone of them Good Luck Sweetie it is hard work and a lot of Patience involved
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 07
I have left a Comment he is a sweetie I love him
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
15 Jan 08
Persistance is the biggest thing, I think. You have to keep right on them and with my Petey, I took him out on his leash like every 15 minutes and when he "did his business" I'd give him a treat. It took about 3 days and he had the routine down. The only times he had accidents was either when I was gone or during the night. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
31 Aug 07
Okay - this is a guaranteed way to potty train puppy: put him. After he has eaten his dinner, put in immediately outside to go potty. When he is finished, bring him inside and put him in a kennel cage. This place he will keep clean. Dogs do not "poop" where they sleep or eat! Try it and let me know how it goes! Got the above data from a dog trainer! sunnywater
@AMMACK (4)
31 Aug 07
give training to dog
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
31 Aug 07
it can take quite a while, depending on how persistant you are :) Keep it regular & stick to your routine & he'll get it! I'd start with the basics, if you see him sniffing anywhere, take him straight outside & use the word 'Toilet' (this is what we did with all of our dogs) & once he's done, give him a good pat/rub & a treat! If you don't get to him in time, tell him NO (ONLY if you catch him in the act) then take him out & put him where he can go, once he's gone, praise him! You can also do the same thing by having a pile of newspaper in the laundry & doing the same thing but i believe that the outside option is the best, eventually he will know that if he has that feeling he'll go to the back door & wait for you to let him out. The easy solution to that is then to have a doggy door put in so he knows he can go outside whenever he needs to, to do his business! It will take a little while but he'll get there eventually, Good Luck!
• United States
31 Aug 07
I had a litter of Golden Retriever pups not long ago to raise and this is what I did: I started with keeping mom and pups in a confined area when we were not at home and put down newspaper in the corners of the room, away from their food (they dont like to poop where they eat!). Then, when they did their business, I would take them immediately to the paper and push their little rumps down, then praise praise praise them....especially if I caught them going on the paper on their own... Eventually, when mom went out to do her business, they went out with her and got the idea from her. I guess without the mom to help, maybe if you just put the paper by the door after he got used to going on the paper, he will get the idea. Then move the paper outside. Also, we always took them outside right after they ate, which is when they want to go anyway, and that worked as well. They still had accidents inside, but with backup paper and taking them out several times a day especially in the am, after meals, and in the pm before bedtime, they got the idea really pretty quickly. But of course, I just thought they were So Smart to begin with.... Anyhoo, it worked pretty quick- they were house trained w/in 2 weeks and would actually go to the door and bark or scratch to let me know they needed to go out- and this was at 4-6 weeks or so, mind you! My buyers raved about how well house trained they were! The only alternative is crate training, which also works, but doesn't teach them to go OUTSIDE, which is what you really want to begin with, right?
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Congratulations on the new member of your family! The best method according to trainers is to keep the puppy in a kennel just large enough to allow him to stand, turn around, and to be comfortable in. Every thirty minutes take the dog directly outdoors to the area of the yard that you want the dog to use for that purpose. Also, take the dog directly outdoors after he eats. A dog doesn't like to use the bathroom in the same area that he sleeps in. Praise is very important. Never use wee wee pads since this is giving the dog the message that it is alright to go indoors. It also makes one more step that you have to take the dog through. Start your dog in lessons for obedience as soon as possible. Petsmart offers the best classes I have found and the method is tried and true. Good luck!
• United States
31 Aug 07
I've always had success with kennel training, the hardest part is ignoring the cries of the puppy. ;)
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Beagles are so much fun and will grow to be very loving pets. I have a 9 year old that I got when she was only 6 months old and was able to house break within 2 wks. I would let her eat a small amount of food in the morning along with water, then take her out maybe 10-20 minutes after she was done to do her business. I don't know if being a Beagle or what, but she doesn't like for anyone to see her face when she's doing her business. Now with our 6 month pup that we got when she was 6 wks, I crate trained. I would honestly take her out first thing in the morning when she would start crying. Then let her run around the house, eat, get something to drink and back into the crate. She would have accidents when my 5 year old would let her out without me knowing it. You can get a Large sized crate that she will grow with and have a lot of room to move around in. Just after you bring him in, each day let him play a little longer before placing him back into the crate. At night, just like a kid, make sure he does his business, both before placing him in the crate. I would tell mine goodnight. She learned fast that at night as soon as she came in, she would head straight to the crate and lay down. Make sure he has a nice comfy blankie to lay down on. Either way, Beagles are very smart, but I wouldn't let him sleep outside of a crate until he is older. Besides accidents, he might wake up and find something to chew on, lol. Biscuit is a cutie by the way. Beagle pups are so cute it's not even funny.
• United States
30 Aug 07
I would not paper train them. Dont let them even think its ok to go in the house. Take them out as soon as they get up, after they eat and drink, after they play, and before bed. Crate train them at night. Then when they have to go out they will let you know. Then you wont have spots in the morning. {nothing worse than poo on your foot in the morning!! LOL}Puppys need to go all the time. When they do there buisness, make them sit and give a treat and praise for going potty. Always use the same words for outside. I just say outside and my dog goes to the door. Say outside when you open the door to associate the word. Keep an eye on them. If they look like there going to go take them out. Do this all the time and soon your puppy will get the point. Remember everytime they eat, when they wake up after they play, and before bed. Good Luck!!! And the puppy is adorable!!
@ArsonCuff (3116)
• United States
30 Aug 07
The best way for me..oh wait I always give up and never keep puppies. So I guess the best way is not to give up ha ha
@34momma (13891)
• United States
30 Aug 07
this is good information for me. I have a 7 month yorkie and she is a house dog, yet she just will not go on the paper. and it is drving me crazy and my family nuts. the only thing with me is that i am not home durning the day because of work. so it is so hard to train her to go in one spot
@tutor1235 (113)
• United States
30 Aug 07
It also helps with housebreaking (no matter whether you use crate training, paper, or asking to go out) if you keep the pup on a rigid schedule of feeding, attention, and sleep as far as possible. Just like children, they will quickly fall into a routine that will allow you to "know when the time is right." Best wishes, and congrats on the new family member!
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
30 Aug 07
http://www.barkbytes.com/training/house.htm Here's some info that may be of help. Beagles are fairly easy training in this area I have heard. I have an older Beagle and never have been through the potty training area ever. Hope this helps at least a little anyhow. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~