(Closed) Getting Frustrated With Our New Dog….Advice? (long)

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s really important to limit the opportunities a dog has to get in trouble. This is a benefit to crate training, but you can protect your dog from dangers and doing annoying things without using a crate by putting up barriers. Is there any way you can keep the new dog in a separate space so that he doesn’t have access to the house/trouble? If he won’t tolerate being in a single room alone, gate off/close doors to the spaces where he can get in the most trouble (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom).


We have two dogs. Our older dog has nearly free reign of the house, while the puppy is in the crate (no more the 3 hours without a break). The trash is so irrestiable to all dogs – we gate the kitchen and bathrooms off during the day and use trashcans that have a low-profile lid (Simple Human brand), with a small pedal to open it. I don’t think our dogs would try it, but even if they knocked it down, the lid would not open. I bet our dogs don’t even realize that there’s amazing stuff in the trash, it’s very secure.

It’s not too late to keep trying get the new dog used to the crate either. Give him all his meals and lots of treats/special toys in the crate. Make it a game to go in and out. Our pup cried in the crate at first, but he stopped after 20 minutes or less. We made sure not to let him out unless he was quiet. Patricia McConnell’s books on puppy basics and “housetraining a dog of any age” are wonderful!

Unfortunately, I have heard that beagles are amazing escape artists, they just can’t resist following their noses! I would probably just take him for nice walks, rather than leave him outside unsupervised. 




Post # 4
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I second the idea thT dogs shouldn’t be left alone (trusted in the house) until you are sure they will be safe (and that all your stuff will be safe). 

Also, Doxies are notoriously hard to house train.

Post # 5
684 posts
Busy bee

Crate training would definitly be helpful. He may howl, but that should last for maybe 30-1 hour and they will give up and everytime it will get less and less. We began crate training our puppy and his lasted for about 10-15 mins, he gave up and all it took was a treat to get him in the crate. Now its his safe place, and he enjoys going there when he is ready for bed. I have read that putting a blanket over the cage will make them feel more comfortable because it will semi-enclose it and make it feel safer for the dog. The blanket will also quiet some of the howling. I would start training on a weekend when you will be home, keep him in there till he stops howling and then let him out a little while later to reassure him that its ok. It doesnt take very long for a dog to get used to it! and since he is in a new home its easier to retrain him however you will need.


Hopefully that made sense, I started to ramble and didn’t feel like re-reading it.haha

Post # 6
1783 posts
Buzzing bee

Is doggie daycare a possiblity even for a short period of time.  My daycare has nap time and the dogs are in crates for a couple of hours mid-day to give them a break from all play all the time.   Perhaps in that kind of scenario they could at least help crate train him without driving your neighbors nuts.  

And Ive also heard that beagles are escape artists – maybe take a look around your yard and see if there are any obvious weak points.    

Post # 7
34 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

I second everyone who suggested crate training. It’s absolutely the best option. When I rescued my first dog, I felt like crating was mean and that he’d hate me for it, but after he covered our house in trash and crapped all over the floor, I suddenly didn’t care if it was mean, lol. With patience and rewards, all my dogs have been crate trained. They actually like their crates and will take toys and treats into their crates to play. We started off just leaving the crates open and put some of their toys in there to tempt them in. Eventually they started going in on their own and we would close the door (but not latch it) and give them a treat. They kind of trained themselves. Life is sooo much easier with crates.

Post # 9
8394 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Usually a dog’s true personality doesn’t really show until they’ve been in the new environment a month or so. How much exercise does he get? Could you maybe babygate him into a safer room, or get a really sturdy pen he wouldn’t mind being confined in while you’re gone? We have a plastic pen that is technically meant for children (baby cage, hehe!) but it works well for our corgis that are 30 and 40 lbs. They’re not good jumpers though lol.

Post # 10
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Crate training, and above all else – consistency.  They WILL cry when you first crate train them if they’re adults.  By stopping the crating on the new one, you have now taught him that howling will get him what he wants.  You are also teaching him that being destructive will get him attention, which is what he wants. 

They need to both be in a safe space while you’re gone, with no opportunity to get into trouble.  When you get home, they need attention and exercise.  Reward the good behavior by calmly and quietly letting them out of the crates, and THEN express happiness at seeing them.  For now, the beagle may need to stay in a more confined area when you’re home, and gates are great for that.  Again, do not allow the opportunity for bad behavior.  Wear them out with exercise and playtime, and that should also reduce the destructive behavior.  If they do get into something, a firm ‘NO’ and removal of the object is enough.  Don’t rub their nose in it, give them a lecture or anything else, that’s just additional attention to the negative behavior.

Post # 11
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You need to crate him (or at least confine him to a single room or something and remove things that he could get into trouble with).


Until he is trustworthy to have free reign of the house while you’re gone, you have to contain him to keep him out of trouble.

Post # 12
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you have to listen to a newborn crying, why isn’t it ok for you to go through the process of crate training? I think that’s a fair trade! Also, it won’t last forever. To save your security deposit and sanity, I think the crate training is necessary!

Post # 13
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with PPs about crate training, or if you have a bathroom available put him in there with a baby gate. It provides more room for a dog that isn’t used to a crate but limits what he can get in to. Move rugs/trash cans, and if he does have an accident it makes it easier to clean. You’ve only had him for a little while and he probably needs to adjust to living with you!

Post # 14
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Use crates or maybe just a baby gate to keep the pup in the kitchen or bathroom. Its not a punishment but rather their own space. Try only giving full run of the house during short erands or when you are home. My dog loves to just curl up in her crate now and its like her own little room. I also foster dogs and this is a great way to make sure you dont favor either of them and they both follow the same rules so neither picks up on the others bad habits. I even do kennels in different rooms at first

Post # 15
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You need to start off by crating him WHILE you’re home.   


This video is a great start:



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