Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
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Crate Training Tips for Puppies
Crate training is definitely a BIG help in house training (potty
training) a puppy. Some people think that crate training means to put a puppy
into a cage and rarely let him/her out. That is NOT the case. Crate training is
a part of the puppy's training, and also serves to teach the puppy that he/she
has a safe haven to retreat to when she's tired.
What size should you buy? From this description, I
think a 3' long crate would be great for beagles. We have a couple wire crates
this size, and there is more then enough room for our adults to lay down and
stretch front and back legs out:
http://www.cuhumane.org/topics/crate.html "Crates can be purchased at
pet stores, department stores, and from pet supply catalogs. Look for a wire
crate that includes a removable metal floor pan. Plastic crates can also be
used, although some dogs will chew the plastic. For your pet's comfort, look for
one with a smooth floor. Purchase crate large enough for your pet to stretch
out on its side and to sit or stand erect. If you have a puppy, it is more
economical to buy a wire crate that will accommodate him as an adult, then
partition it to the right size. A movable wire or pegboard partition can be
made or purchased. Too large a crate can undermine housebreaking because your
pet may eliminate at one end of the crate and lie down at the other. For
bedding, use an old blanket or buy a washable crate pad. Depending on size and
construction, a new crate may cost $40 - 150. This is a bargain compared to the
cost of replacing a sofa, woodwork, or carpeting."
He already appears to be making good progress. Locked him in the pet carrier
yesterday while at work, and much to my surprise, he didn't even pee in the
carrier. It's a large dog carrier, so I figured he may go a little. I took
him outside after I got home and he went #1 and #2 outside, finally! I fed him
a full meal around 5:30, and a couple bites before bed. He only got up once
last night around midnight. I took him out and he did #1 and #2. we went back
to bed and he slept with me until this morning.
-D. S. (Day 4 after picking up puppy, first day of crate training)