Potty training an adult beagle

By Alex, March 19, 2012

I adopted a 4-year-old beagle from a rescue organization. We discovered when we got her home that she is in heat, and that she does not appear to be housebroken. I took her for three long walks with only minimal peeing, and she had several accidents in the house. Is it possible to housebreak a dog this old?

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  2. carla olavarria says:

    horacio (age 6) pees over an old piece of wood standing on newspaper, like a tree stem, he thinks that’s his bathroom (it smells like a boy’s bathroom)

  3. My dog Ruby came from a kennel full of beagles, i only had her for a few months and she was trained. I just did the typical rub her nose in her mistake and immediatly put her outside, i was surprised in the little time it took her to learn.

  4. Erik Schneider says:

    According to the ASPCA, Febreze is safe for dogs.
    http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/febreze.asp

  5. Gloria Ziolko says:

    Try to establish a regular routine! Maybe start out every hour and gradually increase it. It does take time and patience but Beagles are quite smart and generally love to please! Don’t give up.

  6. my beagle was 4 or 5 when we got her…I’m pretty sure, she had never lived inside…it took patience, but she is potty trained. I had to take her on a leash…til she got used to being around the house, then I started letting her out and she came back finally…her poops were always during the night, so had to pay attention to when she would get up…

  7. I agree with mostly all the great comments, EXCEPT don’t use Febreeze! It’s so chemical and not good for humans let alone pets!!! Good luck, and thanks for rescueing a Beagle…they are such sweet litle companions:-)

  8. Oh and the every hr is just the first day, then move to 2 hr. And so on.

  9. Great feed back! Try the bell on the door. Put a hanging bell and every hr take her out. have her paw touch the bell and then go outside. Say llets potty and be a big girl,as soon as she goes tell her how great she is and come inside. They are smart dogs and learn fast if you do ur part. nature owns is great and make sure to clean up,asap ok they will use the same spot again. Good luck!

  10. Vicky PrincessFluffy Barrick says:

    Patience is a must and be consistent, you could also try, if the inside peeing is hard to catch, having her with you constantly, attach the leash to your waist while your doing your daily stuff and as soon as you see a sign of her needing to go, get outside. Also if you catch her peeing immediately take her outside, not with any annoyance, just calmly ( this worked with our rescue Beagle, no accidents for 2 months now) good luck.

  11. Laury Kerr says:

    Of course! Ours is now the best little beagle in the world! At first someone adopted her and took her back to the shelter because she went on the floor, well they didn’t pay attention to her enough! Of course you have to watch and pay attention at first!!!

  12. Gloria Ziolko says:

    Develop a set routine with her and follow it religiously. At first you may have to let her out every hour. Gradually increase the length of time between potty breaks. It will take time and patience, but beagels are smart and willing to please. I would also get here spayed asap and this may help as well. I learned the hard way how important spaying is. I had a female mixed breed that was not spayed and one day she began to bleed profusely. It required an emergency trip to the vet and emergency surgery for a hysterectomy. Thankfully, she was okay after that.

  13. Be patient…some learn faster than others. Don’t give up!!

  14. Karla Reece says:

    Yup, I did it. She was 2 when she came to me from a puppy mill. She’d been kept in a cage and even pee’d in her bed. That was 11 years ago.

  15. Ellen Arrington Dillow says:

    Of course it is. Abby was adopted at age 8 or 9, she learned the doggy door within an hour. And she’s never had an accident on the floor. Just remember that they can’t hold their bladder forever, and need to be let outside at least every 3 or 4 hours.

  16. Bugz Flower Power says:

    Oor beagle came from a rescue ,she was 7 mths old and we honestly thought we would never train her to wee outside, she would even poo in the house too; but it tooks months of perseverence and she got there in the end , i honestly believe it was a fear thing, and a settling time that she needed in order to feel secure with us ;o)

  17. Amanda Jo-Ann Hardy says:

    Absolutely! I did it :)

  18. Sylvie Collett says:

    Yes, you can train them. Repetition and reward. Praise when she pees outside and don’t chastise her for indoor accidents. Also spray where she pees indoors with a neutralising spray like Febreze. If they smell where they’ve peed, they’ll go there again.

  19. Erik Schneider says:

    We housetrained our 1-year old laboratory rescue beagle. Having a doggy door helped so he could go out when he needed to.

  20. Lynn Smith says:

    so glad you rescued a beagle! Thanks from NJ!

  21. Kelly Gilbert says:

    It’s also a good idea to make sure there isn’t a medical issue, such as a urinary tract infection.

  22. Kara says:

    Absolutely, but it sure can be challenging!! Our beagle girl was about that age when we adopted her last summer from a rescue and she peed in the house a lot. I used this website http://webspace.cal.net/~pamgreen/adult_housebreak.html and I had to repeat the process 2 times because the first time it really didn’t last. She has been with us about 9 months and I still can’t trust her in the house alone, even if I just go up to get ready for work she has to be gated in the kitchen or in her crate. If we don’t take her out very regularly, she will still pee. I think the main problem with her is that she doesn’t know how to tell us she has to go. I still praise and treat her every time she goes outside.

    I’ve never had a dog that wasn’t spayed, so that could be an additional issue for you.

  23. Earl F Smith says:

    Michelle is spot on right! A consistant schedule also helps, as well as love and praise when she does it right. And don’t make a big deal of it, when there is an accident. Accidents happen.

  24. Michelle Chevallier says:

    Even with small amounts of pee outside, this owner should be rewarding and praising the behavior when it happens. Dogs don’t like to soil their living space and eventually she will “get” it. Also, get that lady spayed ASAP!

  25. Anonymous says:

    It is indeed. We rescued our beagle at 3 years old, and she had been brought up in a lab which had just been shut down.
    They are extremely intelligent dogs that only require patience and repetition. You will be surprised how quickly they learn! It will take time, but they are definitely worth it :)

  26. Michelle Chevallier says:

    She is probably terrified as well. Ours had many accidents in the house before he calmed down.

  27. Michelle Chevallier says:

    Most certainly it is possible. It requires patience and repetition though.

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