Beagle Crate Training – It’s Critical!
Are you tired of mopping up pools of pee on the floor, or worse still, stepping in smelly, steamy little piles of puppy poop? If so, this article about Beagle crate training should be of great interest to you!
The purpose of crate training is to teach your dog to hold his bladder for a certain period of time.
When you see that he is capable of ‘holding on’ in his crate you can be confident he will be able to do so when he is out of the crate as well.
The size of the crate helps. If its too large they will be able to go potty and still have room to lie down elsewhere. They just need enough room for a water bowl and to be able to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably.
Crate training should be started early. When I say early, I mean as soon as you bring your Beagle puppy home – usually, around 11 weeks old. Don’t let him roam freely around your house, or you’ll have accidents to clean up.
Besides, Beagles are nosy, and tend to get into all kinds of mischief. Your puppy will be much safer confined to a crate while you are sleeping or at times during the day when you are not able to properly supervise him.
Create a Schedule To Successfully Crate Train Your Beagle
Dogs like to relieve themselves soon after eating so by creating a feeding schedule, and sticking to it, you will get much better results, much faster.
It needs to be a schedule that is going to be reasonable and consistent for your dog, but just as importantly, it needs to be one that you can live with as well. Just remember that puppies need to be fed three times a day.
When Will Your Puppy Need To Go Potty
Puppies need to go potty:
- When they first wake up
- After playing
- 5-10 minutes after a meal
- After a nap
- Before they go to bed
- In the middle of the night
Be Prepared To Tend To Your Puppy in the Middle of the Night
Waking up during the night for a while is something you will need to be prepared for. Your Beagle puppy, like any baby, just isn’t capable of ‘holding on’ all night.
Be sure to keep the crate near your bed so that you can hear him cry when he needs to go potty! You’ll probably only have to get up once, maybe twice.
Do be patient. It wont be long before your puppy and his bladder matures. You will both be sleeping through the night before you know it, so rest assured, Beagle crate training is worth it! Just don’t get too relaxed though and forget to take your Beagle baby outside to potty every morning as soon as you wake up.