Would you like to learn how to crate train your beagle easily by making it a fun experience for you and for your beagle? Then read on to discover what the real value of a crate is to your beagle as well as a step-by-step demo of how to easily crate train your dog with a clicker.
Understanding the Rationale behind Crate Philosophy is Essential When Crate Training Your Beagle
Many people believe that crates are cruel. To clarify this issue, we have chosen the wonderful perspective presented by The Humane Society of the United States about crate training.
“Private room with a view. Ideal for traveling dogs or for those who just want a secure, quiet place to hang out at home.”
That’s how your dog might describe his crate. It’s his own personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you know he’s safe and secure—and not shredding your house while you’re out running errands.
Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog’s den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
- The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs don’t like to soil their dens.
- The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
- Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car. The original story on crate training.
Already convinced? Let’s move on to a video where Emily Larlham shows how to crate train a dog with a clicker. You will also notice that she says that you can also say “Yes” if you prefer not to use a clicker.
Some Bonus Tips on How To Crate Train Your Beagle
- Crate train your beagle as a puppy if possible.
- When your beagle is a young puppy, the family room is one of the best places for the crate during the day. You can put the crate in your bedroom at night if you want to provide a safe presence at night. In around a month you can leave the crate permanently in one place.
- The crate should be large enough for your beagle puppy to be able to sleep in it. If they have too much room, they might end up making a mess in the crate.
- Keep the crate clean and comfortable for your beagle.
- Don’t take your puppy out of the crate if they get upset. Wait till they calm down because you only want to reinforce the calm behaviour.
- Don’t use the crate as a form of punishment and don’t leave your beagle in the crate for many hours.
- If you work full time and you are going to be away from home you should consider a play pen instead. (For more information about using a play pen, check out the resourse box at the bottom of the article).