There are several fundamental pillars that we must consider when having a dog as a pet, and one of them is training. The training of a dog is like the education that we must provide our children so that they learn to behave and excel in certain activities.
Dogs generally need different types of training throughout their lives. Some are mandatory, while others are optional.
Socialisation and obedience training are in the category of “mandatory” as they are essential for the good behaviour of these animals. Among the optional types of training, we can find crate training.
Just because crate training is in the “optional” category doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, it may be extremely necessary to provide this type of training for certain breeds of dogs.
Beagles are known for their excellent hunting instincts and high level of physical activity. These characteristics can make crate training essential for these dogs.
Should Beagles Be Crate Trained?
The answer is yes! Although it is not mandatory training, it could be very helpful in certain situations. In fact, it is not only important for Beagles but also for any other breed of dog.
Why can this training be important? Beagles are stubborn animals that can get into trouble in some circumstances. A great way to keep them calm and safe is to get them used to spend time in a crate. However, it is essential to train a Beagle from puppyhood so that its adaptation process to this small space is optimal.
Crate training a Beagle can be a more difficult task than you think. It may take you longer than expected, so you must have a lot of patience, and that is because this breed can be stubborn at times.
Therefore, it is important that you consider the following so that the process of training and adapting your Beagle to the crate is the most appropriate.
Buy a Quality Crate
Keep in mind that not all crates are the same. Before buying one, you should take into account its quality and size. Beagles are small dogs that will need a crate that is comfortable but not too big.
Many people buy a crate the size of their Beagle puppy but do not consider that when it grows, it will not fit anymore, so they will be forced to buy another. To avoid this, buy a crate slightly larger than the maximum size this breed can reach.
In the same way, you should consider the material with which the crate that you are going to buy is made.
The most common crates are those made of plastic and metal. The metal ones are ideal for energetic dogs like the Beagle, although the plastic ones are easier to maintain and clean.
Never Force Your Beagle into a Crate
One of the worst things you can do as a Beagle owner is to force it to do things that it doesn’t like, and that can cause it some kind of trauma. Just as there are certain dogs that need adaptation time to get into the water, there are others that cannot enter a crate the first time.
You must take the whole process in the calmest way until your Beagle feels confident enough to enter the crate.
Use the Positive Reinforcement Method
No matter what type of training you are going to provide your Beagle, you will always need to use positive reinforcement. This method consists of rewarding our pet with treats every time it does something right.
Avoid any method of physical or verbal punishment as this will only traumatize your Beagle and affect it psychologically.
Do Not Leave Your Beagle Inside the Crate for Too Long
We have already said that the Beagles need an adaptation process to be inside the crate. That means that it won’t be able to stay inside for long at first. Avoid leaving it for more minutes or hours than it can handle.
Also, remember that they are energetic animals that need a lot of exercise. If you keep them inside the crate for too long, they will easily get bored and develop inappropriate behaviours.
Start the training while the Beagle is still young since if you train it when it is an adult, the adaptation process will be slower.
The first thing you should do is choose a place in the house where to place the crate, as this will allow your Beagle to get used to that place quickly and make it feel more secure when entering the crate. In addition, the correct place must have a suitable temperature for your dog.
If your Beagle has any favourite objects like toys, a sleeping blanket, etc., you can place them inside the crate. That way, it will feel more confident being inside. Obviously, it is not enough just to place some things inside the crate.
You can first try to open the crate door and encourage your dog to enter on its own (you should never force it).
Try to use a suitable voice tone that is pleasing to your Beagle’s ear. If you speak very loudly and use the tone of voice that an angry person would use, then the result will be negative.
A good way to encourage your Beagle to enter the crate is through its favourite treats. This method can be very effective in getting your pet into the crate for at least a few minutes.
Once your dog enters the crate, be sure to keep the door open. You should do this for the first few days until it gets used to it enough to feel safe and confident with the door closed.
During this type of training, you must take into account the hours at which your Beagle relieves itself. Dogs of this type do not like to dirty their resting space with their urine and faeces, so they will want to quickly leave the crate to relieve themselves in the backyard or garden.
Make sure to carry out the same process every day but increase the time you leave your Beagle inside the crate. After a few weeks, your pet will feel safe and will be able to stay inside for hours.