Nancy K.G. wrote:
Don’t know if this consists of a behavioral issue, but here goes….I have a 10 week old Beagle mix puppy. I take her out to go potty then she comes back into the house and a few minutes later, goes again. Why is that and what am I doing wrong? Please, anyone who can help, please do!!Â Thanks in advance….
Ohhhh, the delightful and frustrating perils of having a puppy.Â A puppy isn’t able to reliably control their bladder and bowel until they are about 20 weeks of age, although you should see their control improve from 10-20 weeks of age.Â So in other words, it will probably get better with time.
- Make sure your puppy has had enough time to do their business outdoors before bringing her back in as maybe she just wasnâ€™t yet done.
- When you take her outdoors, make pottying the first order of business and then verbally praise her after she eliminates.
- Take her on leash to the same spot for her to eliminate as the smell of where she has gone before will stimulate her to eliminate.
- As she eliminates, name the behavior by saying â€œpottyâ€, â€œbreakâ€, or another term.
- When she comes back inside, keep a close watch of her in case she needs to go back outside again.
- Keep a close watch of her by closing the door of the room you are in with her, attaching her to a leash which then is attached to your waist and by teaching her to rest comfortably on a dog bed, â€œplaceâ€ command.
- â€œCrate trainâ€ her so that when you canâ€™t closely supervise her activities she can rest comfortably in the crate that is only large enough for her to lay down, stand up and turn around.
- Take her outdoors often, much more often than you may think one should have to.Â This may mean hourly outings and certainly every time after a play session, upon waking up, and after eating or drinking.
- Feed your puppy a high quality dog food, that doesnâ€™t contain by-products, corn and dyes.
- Consult with a professional dog trainer for more advice as training questions are a challenge to answer within the confines of an email or blog entry.Â A trainer can help you make sure your puppy starts off on the â€œright paw.â€
And if the situation doesnâ€™t improve despite the above tips, take your puppy to your veterinarian for a wellness check.