We have a beagle (Woody) who is about 2 years old and often goes to the bathroom (#s 1 and 2!) in his crate. He has done this off and on since he was a puppy. In the training he went to, the leader said, "Dogs never go in their crates, as it is disgusting to them, and they won't go to the bathroom where they live." Well, Woody wasn't listening. We take him outside first thing in the morning and the longest he usually stays in the crate is 6 or 7 hours. It doesn't seem to made a difference how long he is in there, though.
Any ideas or web references for this problem?
Thanks!
Bryan
We have a beagle (Woody) who is about 2 years old and often goes to the bathroom (#s 1 and ... go in their crates, as it is disgusting to them, and they won't go to the bathroom where they live."

Yeah, this doesn't seem to apply to beagles. What works (usually) for me is:

(1) to keep to a feeding schedule so you can guessitmate when the dog will need to relieve himself. I find that if mine has dinner at 6 pm, she'll either go that evening or latest, in the am before work. Snacks mess up the schedule, but cookie in the am doesn't usually cause a problem. And:
(2) make sure he goes, completely, when you take him out so that there's nothing left in him to soil the crate. Sometimes my dog will go out and do everything else but go to the bathroom. Then I bring her in and she's like, Oh yeah, I forgot, I need to GO! Here's a good spot!

Regina
We have a beagle (Woody) who is about 2 years ... and they won't go to the bathroom where they live."

Yeah, this doesn't seem to apply to beagles. What works (usually) for me is: (1) to keep to a feeding ... I bring her in and she's like, Oh yeah, I forgot, I need to GO! Here's a good spot! Regina

Good advice.And even though beagles are not the sharpest crayons in the box (I have two, and for what they do, they rock but wits isn't a part of the scenario. ) But any dog raised in filth as puppies, learns to do this. After a two year search for a beagle, lookin g for a GOOD breeder (and not necessarily close.. I looked nationwide), i discerned that there are just not responsible GOOD hunting beagle breeders out there.

i think the beagle is the most shafted and under rated breed there is when it comes to breeding. After my experiences, I believe that the odds that this puppy coming from a bad breeder is astronomical. It probably thought that living in filth was the way life was supposed to be. (ANY breed raised in filth will feel this way and is a signal that there was something VERY wrong at the puppy source level)
But I agree with Regina, that her steps should reverse the learned misbehavior. it may take awhile. But get the dog out MUCH more frequently
We also have a Beagle called Woody! Only ours is a *** (I know, strange name for a girl, but it's not our fault).
Anyway, she'd rather die than poo in her crate. Although it does have to be said that she never actually gets shut into it, she has a run into the garden and poo's out there.
6 - 7 hours seems like a long haul if your Beagle needs to go. Can'tyou give him a run or at least an indoor room with a separate litter box or something?
John
We have a beagle (Woody) who is about 2 years ... them, and they won't go to thebathroom where they live."

Yeah, this doesn't seem to apply to beagles. What works (usually) for meis: (1) to keep to a feeding schedule ... I bring her in and she's like, Oh yeah, I forgot, I need to GO! Here's a good spot! Regina

That seems like great advice. Do you just feed your dog once a day? We feed Woody in the morning and the evening. Making sure he goes is tough because he has a pretty good size dog run area and we don't always watch him while he's there...
Thanks for the reply,
Bryan (not asdf)
We also have a Beagle called Woody! Only ours is a *** (I know, strange name for a girl, but ... Can't you give him a run or at least an indoor room with a separate litter box or something? John

That's great, another Woody! He isn't always in the crate for that long, just occasionally. The funny thing is that his pottying in the crate seems unrelated to the time he's in there. It could be 10 minutes and he'll go. He never goes in the house at all, though. The suggestion from someone else on scheduling his eating sounds good. I think we'll try that.

Thanks for the reply
Bryan (not asdf)
We also have a Beagle called Woody! Only ours is ... indoor room with a separate litter box or something? John

I think the adage a dog "doesn't *** where he eats" is appropriate here. If you put a small amt of food in a bowl in there and some water (after a good cleaning) I think it will quickly correct this problem. I would try it.
hth
Michelle
Italy
I think the adage a dog "doesn't *** where he eats" is appropriate here. If you put a small amt of food in a bowl in there and some water (after a good cleaning) I think it will quickly correct this problem.

Yeah, it will quickly correct the problem of there being food in the bowl! We are talking about a beagle here. He's lucky the dog's not eating the poo!
Regina
That seems like great advice. Do you just feed your dog once a day?

Yes, she gets fed when I get home from work. She does get a milk-bone or two in the morning to keep her from having ESB (empty stomach barf).
Making sure he goes is tough because he has a pretty good size dog run area and we don't always watch him while he's there...

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. :-) You can try teaching him a potty word to "remind" him why he's out there if he gets distracted. I usually use "Hurry Up".
Regina