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Me and my gf just got a 4 month old beagle today. Her name is Ally. We bought her a bed and we were wondering if we should let her sleep at the foot of the bed or in the bathroom. We just don't want her to wake in the middle of the night and pee or poop on the carpet. We were also trying to potty train, should we use a crate?
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Crate training comes HIGHLY recommended by most people I know. Dogs are naturally inclined to feel comfortable in a den, so Ally will get used to it, even if she cries the first night. If she is in the bathroom, you run the risk of her tearing it up. She's definitely safest in a crate, IMO. Crates/traveling kennels are GREAT THINGS!
First off congratulations and welcome!

I too have to recommend the crate or some other containment until she is housebroken. It will save you from a lot of accidents and frustration.

Our first beagle was crated and he was housebroken pretty quickly, with our second beagle we used a pen enclosure in the kitchen and we put his crate in there without the door, that worked well also!

Good luck
How do we go by housebreaking her using a crate? I mean, do we always keep her in there until she needs to use the restroom or eat? Should we keep her out of the crate when we are home or whenever we leave the house?
Please check out my other posts about beagle puppyes at the top of this forum.

Here is my training methods to puppy potty training. I have been training dogs for over 4 years now, so hope that this will help. Let me know if you have any questions.

Does the dog free feed? Feed the dog 2 times a day, and only leave it out for 20 minutes. If he has not eaten, then that's his problem. Usually a dog will have to poo 10-20 minutes after eating (and playing and napping). This will help with irregular bathroom breaks, and will get him more on a routine. Routine is KEY!There should always be water available for the dog to drink, but since it's a puppy, there needs to be constant attention...it's harder to break a dog unless you catch him in the habit. For example, when he walks out of your site, follow him. You should be watching your puppy anyways until he is fully potty trained in the first place. If he goes to squat and pee, PICK HIM UP and tell him no! (HE WILL STOP PEEING), then emediatly take him outside and tell him your word for bathroom go potty, and praise him when he is done. There is no point in disciplining a dog when the potty accident has already happened. You never want to punish a natural function.
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Well she has already pee'd and poo'd on the carpet. When we see her about to squat we pick her up and say no, but she just pee's and now I have pee trails all over the carpet. We do take her out after see eats, but I have a feeling that she holds it and waits till we get back into the house, then she goes pee. I saw a spray product that you spray on the ground and its supposed to help them do their business in that applied area. Does this work?
<span style="font-size: 11pt">I am sorry to say that I have not heard of such a product. I have heard of something like a little post or stake that you pound into the ground that does contain an odor that stimulates the dog to pee there.

As for the crate, I also think that is the way to go. If your pup appears to be holding it when she is outside then cuts loose when you bring her in then immediately when you bring her in - put her in the crate. AS A RULE, pups do not like to be in their own waste. So while you want her to have a little room in the crate to walk around a bit - stand up fully but not enough room where she could pee & poo in one corner then walk away enough to get away from it.Eventually she will start to whine to get out - when she does then immediately take her outside - if nothing happens and make sure that you give her enuf time - but if nothing happens then bring her back in and straight to the crate. Whenever you do have her outside to potty - choose a word to indicate to her what you want her to do and then tell her, for example if you choose the word potty then tell her potty. When, she eventually does then praise her to the heavens as if going potty is THE GREATEST thing that she has ever done.

And yes, it does get frustrating sometimes and you may feel like pulling your hair out but then there is that time that she will get it and everything is worth it. Believe me, for any of us who have been through it - we know.

By the way,
to you and your puppy. In my avatar are my two Beaglebratz - Shiloh B. and Shasta B. - both were raised by me from 7 week old pups; Shiloh B is now over 6 years and Shasta B will be 3 in October, 2009. I hope we will get to see a pic or two or how ever many you want to post - we all here at BW love pictures.</span>
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