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Thoughts on crate training

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 behaviour, barking and as a means to potty training your puppy.  It 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 a Beagle

Whether you’re learning how to crate train your Beagle or just determining if it is safe for your pet, know that most Beagles love their crates.  In the wild, a Beagle will seek out a small, safe space to burrow into that will keep them warm and safe.  A crate performs that wonderfully, 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.

Crates are not usually solidly built, but made of wire.  This works just fine, and your Beagle will eventually call it his own private dwelling.  I have found great choices available at  Petstreetmall and they include free shipping.

How to Crate Train a Dog

Ideally, you will crate train your dog as 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.

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Which dog training?


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