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anybody got any suggestions on how to handle obsessive sniffing??? some times when i let roxy out to pee she gets soooo distracted by smells in the yard that it takes her 30 minutes to go sometimes. how can i get her to go away from a spot she's zeroed in on?? sometimes i can pick her up and move her to a different spot in the yard and she'll be okay but sometimes its frustrating especially since it's rained for the last three weeks and i really dont want to stand out there for 20-30 minutes in the drizzle and cold waiting for her finish sniffing EVERY square inch of yard.
 

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I would like to know the same thing,LOL

Our Gino is the worst with this! The other two not so much, they do their business.

I stood outside with Gino one time for over 40 minutes in the pitch dark of night and he didn't go (even though I knew he had to)! I was sooooo tired I dragged him back in and I no sooner got my shoes off when he let it go in the house! I was so upset!!

All because he was much more concerned with the scent he caught!!
 

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This is just one of th beagles' annoying traits. Scent hounds live by their noses. Sally often does this...especially in the morning when the morning dew dampens the grass and seems to intensify scents. Since she has a fairly strong hunting instinct, I always know when a rabbit has recently crossed the yard because she will sniff every square inch of area where it had been, then change course and sniff it again in the opposite direction.

It's beagle instinct. Maybe you should have your beag in a fenced in yard or on a chain so you don't have to stand out in the bad weather.
 

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All I can say is Good luck with that. Maybe asking God for patience would be easier.
 

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Fenced yard/tie out and asking for some extra patience are both good suggestions! As renters, we can't do much about the fenced yard, but have tried using a stake (with about a 10 foot lead) and we are continually looking for a little extra patience. (I think beags are extra cute and goofy to compensate for the patience required!) Staking her outside hasn't been the best for us yet, she's more concerned that we have left her...but we are working on it.

Gracie Jones doesn't always go into sniff mode when we are outside, but when she does (like this morning
), I'll just take her back inside, engage her with a quick game and then back out we go. The game seems to distract her enough to forget that she was hot on the trail of something, and we make sure to take her to a different spot in the yard.

Good luck, just keep trying different approaches until something sticks...even if that something is just laughing about your pup's quirk!
 

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yeah....it's not a big deal most of the time...i was just curious as to whether or not anyone had a cool trick to keep them tuned in to the task at hand....we're working on getting the back fenced in but until then we just get wet together..she wont leave the front porch unless i go out into the yard with her and she absolutely freaks out when i tie her up so i know she's not gonna go that way
 

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Having a fenced in yard is the best thing ever. When the days are nice, I open the windows and leave the back door open and Phoebe is content to come and go as she pleases. God forbid a squirrel wander across the fence
she bolts after it and spends the next 20 mins trying to figure out where it went
 

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Having a fenced yard is really a requirement when you own a beagle.

It's not obsessive sniffing - it's instinct


You can teach your beagle to have more focus and control with training, but it's more complicated than simply teaching a trick because as soon as they start scenting their brain switches off.
 

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With our puppies, Evan and I developed a system where we only allow them a few minutes to do their business while on a leash. By doing this, they learn that they don't have the time to sniff. If Quinn is sniffing around, she doesn't have to pee that badly. After five minutes of this sniffing, I take her back inside. Usually, if she has to pee, she will go outside and immediately go. We go back inside immediately after she's done doing her business. This way, she knows that she only gets a limited amount of time to go potty and she needs to do it while she is out there because she may lose her opportunity.

It works for me! Good luck!
 

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I may be speaking too soon, but with copper he goes right out and pees then we let him sniff. if he is too carried away with it we are teaching the leave it command. he is doing ok with it. now it is the pooping in the morning that frustrates me. he don't go for me. my hubby takes him out and he will pee and poo after each other
at night it is the opposite he does it for me and not him.

they love their noses and who can't resist all those smells (trees, animals, food from open windows, bbq's, fresh rain,insects, other dog pee mail and the list goes on). got to love those noses.
 

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Take her out on a leash and use the same spot every time. After she goes then let her sniff around as a reward. But she needs to learn going out to get busy means just that. And farting around is unacceptable.
 

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Put Pottying on cue and give a treat after she is done! This helps mine get things done fast, they love TREATS! Also if they are sniffing and not pottying while on leash I just pull them away from that spot and keep moving them around until they give up and go.
 
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