Effective Beagle Crate Training
While crate training may often prove to be a somewhat controversial training method amongst dog owners and even dog trainers, the benefits of beagle crate training simply cannot be overlooked. In order to ensure that your beagle crate training efforts run smoothly and without harm to both you and your beagle, there are a few things that you can keep in mind.
An important part of effective beagle crate training is to ensure that the crate you use is big enough for your dog. Ideally, your dog should have enough room to stand, turn around, and lay down comfortably; the inside of her crate should be lined with a comfortable blanket, towel, or bedding made specifically to fit her crate.
If the crate that you purchase for your beagle puppy is too large then consider using a cardboard divider to decrease the amount of space that your puppy has in her crate; with too much additional space in her crate, your puppy is likely to use the far corner of it as her personal potty!
The Pros Of Beagle Crate Training
There are many benefits to crate training a beagle puppy, including being a valuable tool in your housetraining efforts. Not only will beagle crate training be able to help your beagle learn to control his bladder during the day when you are at work but it will also help you to provide a warm and safe place for your beagle when he feels insecure.
Having a place of his own to retreat to when he feels afraid, insecure, or sick is an important part of ensuring that your beagle feels at home in your home. A crate can provide him with his own space and his own refuge from the world when it gets too overwhelming for him.
The Important Don’ts
It is important to remember that beagle crate training should never be used as a punishment; your beagle should see his crate as his safe place, as his den. He should not grow to see his crate as a punishment for bad behavior. If you start the habit of placing your dog into his crate when he has misbehaved, you may find it becomes increasingly difficult to coax him into his crate when it is time for you to leave for work.
Be sure that you place your beagle’s crate in an area in your home that allows him shelter from the elements. While he may enjoy a few sunbeams to lie in during the day, having direct sun shining on him in his crate can cause your dog to rapidly overheat. Keep his crate in a well ventilated and climate controlled area that will provide him with shelter from the sun and from the elements. In the winter consider the addition of an extra blanket so that he can keep warm while you are at work!
While it may be tempting to leave him food and water in his crate it is important to remember that if he eats and drinks during the day while you are at work, you are increasing the likelihood of him having an accident in his crate.
Be sure that you are persistent and patient with your efforts at crate training beagle puppies; using a crate is a great method of ensuring that yours is a happy and healthy beagle!