Crate training Beagle dogs is a necessary habit that will serve you very well while you are not home or require your hunting dog to be locked up before, during or after a hunt. It reduces anxiety, destructive behavior and barking, and ensures the safety of a dog. Beagle dogs that are crate trained are more comfortable to housebreak, and easier to keep out of places such as your garden beds, or off areas such as your couch.
Beagle Dogs Value Their Crates Too
Crates are the perfect environment for Beagle dogs to spend their time when unsupervised, or during breaks in a hunt. With crate training, they will learn to love their crate because, like their wild counterparts, hunting dogs require a small, safe place to call their own.
Dogs that have wide open spaces to roam usually have difficulty adjusting to space. They cannot define their ‘home’ within a large, open space, and it can cause behavioral problems as the dog tries to protect, control, and patrol the entire space. It also causes problems for you as the hunting dog’s owner. A dog with a large area to roam is more likely to find itself in trouble than a dog that has a definite spot to call home.
How to Implement Crate Training for Beagle Dogs
Crate training ideally starts when Beagle Dogs are puppies. You can train a fully grown Beagle, but the dog may experience more prolonged periods of unsettledness than a puppy. An older dog usually requires more time and persistence on your part, but they will respond to crate training if you are willing to commit. A puppy usually adapts better because they have a lessened awareness of alternatives, and have few developed habits that will interfere with their training.
Beagle dogs should be given crates that are not too big for them. If your hunting dog can turn around in their space, then the container is plenty big enough. A box too big is alike the ‘home’ space referred to earlier being too big. It gives the dog room to mess, and wreak havoc. Give Beagle dogs a clean, and comfortable bed, a source of fresh water, and a toy or a piece of game, animal hide to play with.
Initially place Beagle dogs, in their crate, somewhere that receives heavy traffic. Teach people in your household that if they walk past the puppy or dog to ignore it if it is whinging or praise it if it is quiet, and showed no stress. Having people walk past the dog at the beginning of crate training asserts to the dog it is not alone, and only receives attention when it is good. Remember, if you make a fuss and take the hunting dog out of its crate or give it attention when it is upset, you are rewarding the dog for its bad behavior. Only reward the dog for good behavior.
In crate training start by leaving Beagle dogs in their crate until they have been quiet for 5minutes. The next time stretch it out to 10minutes, then stretch it out to 20minutes, etc. Eventually, you will be able to leave your hunting dog in its crate all day, if that is how long you will be away for.
Crate training Beagle dogs are vital for their good behavior at home and on a hunt. It makes your life easier knowing you can leave your dog alone where it is safe and comfortable. Hunting dogs are transported all over the place, so familiarising Beagle dogs with a crate at home helps enormously when you need to place them in a crate to take them hunting.