Beagle Crate Training
Want to know how to crate train your Beagle? You’re not alone. Every year, millions of dog owners around the country learn how to keep their dogs in a crate or separate room when they leave the house so they can reduce anxiety, destructive behavior and barking. Beagle crate training is also a very valuable tool when trying to house break a new puppy and can make your life much easier if your dog insists on sleeping in your bed or on the couch.
The Value of a Crate to Your Beagle
Whether you’re learning how to do Beagle crate training or just determining if it is safe for your Beagle, know that most dogs love their crates. In the wild, a dog will seek out a small, safe space to burrow into that will keep them warm and safe. After all dogs are den type animals and Beagles are no exception. A crate performs wonderfully as a den, giving them a safe space that is theirs alone. Beagles that have wide open spaces often have trouble differentiating their “home” from it, and will grow anxious trying to control and patrol the entire space.
How to Crate Train your Beagle
Ideally, Beagle crate training starts when your dog is a puppy. A full grown dog that has never been in a crate will have a harder time adjusting to the small space and may grow anxious. A puppy will also be a bit upset but adapts much quicker, and if the puppy never has the option to sleep with you in your bed, it will likely not have anything to be upset about.
It is best to place the crate in the family room where a lot of people will be. At night, you should put the crate in your bedroom to give him a safe presence nearby. Eventually, after a month or so, you should be able to leave him in one place, but for now, Beagle crate training requires you to keep him calm and safe.
When you put your Beagle puppy in the crate, make sure he has a clean, comfortable place to sleep, a source of water, and a toy to play with. The crate should be only big enough for him to sleep in. If he can walk around in it, he may make a mess in it. As long as the dog can turn around in the crate, it is comfortable for him, and not inhumane.
When learning Beagle crate training, make sure you don’t pull the dog out of the crate if he gets upset. This will only teach the puppy that if he makes a fuss, you’ll give him attention. Make sure you only take the puppy out of the crate when he has been quiet for at least 5 minutes. Then, greet him with a lot of attention and even a treat to reinforce that he did it right. If you want to help calm your puppy you may want to try dog appeasing pheromones (DAP). Dog appeasing pheromones replicate the pheromones released by the mother while nursing to calm her puppies. The best way to use DAP is with a diffuser but also comes in wipes, sprays, and special collars.
At first, try to leave your puppy in the crate for short periods of time – an hour or two at a time. As he grows older, increase that time to match a full night of sleep or a day at work.
If you perform Beagle crate training properly, you’ll be able to ensure your dog never gets too loud, destructive, or anxious when you leave. A puppy adapts quicker too, which is much less stressful for everyone in the house.