Crate Training For Basset Hound Puppy
When you bring your Basset Hound Puppy home one of the best things you can have ready is a crate. Although you might think this is cruel, you will change your mind when you find out that it is the best way to potty train your dog.
One thing you have to remember is whether you purchase your dog from a breeder or go to a shelter your dog is used to being in a crate at some time or other. Puppies like them because they have a nesting instinct and they need to know their boundaries.
In a new space it is a good idea to make sure they have a place of their own until they get used to the house, especially crate training. Also, this is a good way to show them when and where to go to the bathroom.
Crate training your basset hound is important as having your puppy in a crate is also a good idea when you are away. It will feel safe and secure in it and it will be filled with its favorite things. You must also understand that when we say crate if you are imagining a big box, you’re wrong. A crate is a large wire cage that allows your dog to have a safe space.
According to the Basset Hound Club of America, the crate should be a product called a Vari-Kennel size 300 or something comparable. If you don’t get the Vari-Kennel then make sure the crate is 21″x24″x36″. This will be enough room for one Basset puppy. Also make sure that you have some type of bedding in the crate that is nice and soft — a towel or a blanket will do.
The crate should be comfortable. Think about how you feel when you move to a new location. You want it to be comfortable, safe and warm. This is how the crate should be. This is where your Basset puppy will stay for the first few days or weeks. You will want it to be comfortable sleeping, eating and staying there when you are gone.
Your puppy should always be transported in the crate if you have to take him to the vet or somewhere else. Potty training is easy once they are used to the crate because they will not go there (although there may be some accidents in the beginning) and this is the way to show your Basset where and when to go.
Be consistent with potty training by taking your dog to the same door and same part of the yard each time.
Make sure you have water, toys and a few treats. You can give them Nylabones or sterilized marrow bones to chew on. However, don’t leave a lot of food in the crate for them to eat; instead establish an eating schedule.
Crate training your puppy can be fun and it will save you a lot of headache later.
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