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Crate Training

by Vicki Chaney

Crate training a new puppy will make life for you and your puppy a great deal nicer. A crate can be used to aid in housebreaking, to give the puppy a safe place to go to rest and relax as well as a safe place to sleep.

Decide on a place to put the crate. You may even decide to have more than one. I use a crate in my bedroom for the puppy to sleep in, and one in the porch area for feeding and containment.

The first few nights the puppy may cry when put to bed in the crate. You need, at this point, to be committed to allowing the puppy to cry without any interference from you. Any verbal commands for the puppy to be quiet or raps on crate will only reinforce to the puppy that noise will get attention and company. If left to cry, the puppy will quite and go to sleep. If you are resolved and leave the pup alone this crying should occur no more than two to three nights. Make sure the puppy has had the opportunity to relieve himself before he is put to bed.

A chew toy and a towel or small blanket should be placed in the crate that the puppy will sleep in. If you have a second crate that the puppy is fed in, and you leave him in here for containment purposes, then a couple of chew toys in this crate is also a good idea.

When using the crate for the purposes of containment it should be noted that you should never leave the puppy confined in the crate for more than a few hours at a time, with the exception of the night while you are sleeping. The crate can be used at times when you are too busy to watch the puppy and make sure it stays out of trouble. If you have to run a short errand, day or night, this can be an ideal time to leave the puppy in the crate.

Using the crate at the right times (while your in the bath, on the phone, eating meals, etc.) can save you a lot of heartache over chewed up items. Times when you cannot watch the puppy closely are the times when the puppy should be confined to the crate or outside in a safe and proper area for the puppy.

An appropriate crate, the right size and style, for you and your puppy can be found at any good pet shop. The size should be appropriate for the adult size of the dog and the style can be chosen to suit your taste and needs. A Beagle requires a medium size crate which can also be numbered as size 200 or 250.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).