Crate Training a Beagle Puppy
Crate training a beagle puppy is probably the best way to house train. Crate training will help you keep an eye on your puppy which is very important. A crate is a safe place for your puppy to sleep, and stay when you’re not home. This keeps him out of trouble and helps them control their bladder because they usually won’t go to the bathroom where they sleep. You should realize that accidents will happen and your beagle may have a few even in his crate. This is normal and as long as you keep up the training, your pup will be able to hold his bladder longer and it won’t be much of a problem anymore. When you first get your new beagle puppy, you will want to start crate training him right away. Start by selecting a crate that is big enough for your puppy to grow into. A crate isn’t a crate really; it’s more like a dog house that you keep inside. It should be kept out of the way, but close enough so you can hear him at night if he starts whining. You should keep chew toys for him and provide a blanket or dog bed for him to sleep on. Some people even put a small radio nearby that plays soothing music, so that’s something to think about. You will need to have a system as to when you will keep your beagle in his crate. Not letting you beagle drink water or eat at least 2 hours before bedtime is a good start. Taking him outside to the bathroom right before you put him in the crate is a good idea also. This will help prevent any accidents during the night, but when your puppy is really young, he may have to go to the bathroom during the night or early in the morning. It is good practice to set your alarm clock early to take your beagle to the bathroom. That way you can help prevent accidents in the crate. Above all, remember that persistence and patients are key when crate training a beagle puppy. If you keep at it, you will start to see results. Once this happens it will be pretty easy to continue and your beagle will slowly become housetrained and you will no longer need the crate.