I have a 6 month old beagle that is pretty consistent about using potty pads…

I have a 6 month old beagle that is pretty consistent about using potty pads near the front door of the house, however, he loves to chew them up. I want to transition him to going potty outside but have a few roadblocks…my work schedule has me leaving at 7:30am and getting home for lunch at 1:15pm. During that almost 6 hour stint at work, i have my dog confined to a tiled area with his food, water, potty pads, and a small crate with chew toys. I keep the crate open because he goes nuts inside the crate and will go potty in the crate when im not there….i think he may have some separation anxiety. He is fine with being in the crate as long as im near. He typically goes potty before i leave for work and while im home for lunch, but then i head back to work for another 4 hours. After i get home from work he will go potty and have play/exercise time. He has gone potty outside before on a number of occassions but typically takes 45 minutes to go outside as he is easily distracted. We live on a very busy street in a complex where there are no fenced yards so letting him outside without a leash or lead is not an option. I will say that my dog loves sleeping in his crate at night and for the most part holds his stuff in at night. Given the roadblocks of my work schedule and his sepatation anxiety how would i transition him to going outside? He would have to hold his potty for 6 hours in the mornings and unless i restrict water and food its just not feasible….and i dont have financial wiggle room for a dog walker or doggy daycare…. What would you suggest i try?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good mornng? I think it is great that you have a work schedule that allows you to be home for lunch. Part of potty training them to go outside is getting them to realize that outside is the ideal place to “go”. Treats and praise each time they go outside is how we train. If there is an accident in the house, we just point it out, say “oh no”, and then quietly clean it up. I find that just letting them know you are disappointed and then going about the business of cleaning it up, is a good way… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Toss the pee pads. They’re problematic and can cause obstructions if he eats them. Instead, stick to your routine and CRATE him rather than letting him roam, even in the kitchen. This means you need to train him to like the crate. Feed him in there, look up Susan Garrett’s “Crate Games” online and utilize the methods mentioned. Work on some mental games before crating so he’s tired. Keep sessions short for now, so he realizes he will be allowed out once he’s not losing his mind about being in there…and DO NOT let him out until he’s calm. Don’t… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.