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New Beagle Owner - Crate Question

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I adopted a 1 year old beagle from a rescue shelter yesterday.:dance:
He will be coming home in a week with us. Cant wait.

He is not housebroken, so I will be crating him.
My question is, how large should the crate be?
Any tips for housebreaking a non-puppy?

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  • For housetraining, the crate should be just big enough so your puppy can walk in, stretch and lay down
  • Move the crate around your house, if possible, to provide different scenery for your puppy. This will help her get accustomed to being at different houses and being kenneled when you are away.
  • Do not take your puppy out of the crate if she is scratching, whining, barking, digging or jumping on the side of the crate. You don’t want your puppy to think these behaviors get rewarded or she might do these behaviors for extended periods of time when alone and possibly acquire separation anxiety.
  • Use stuffed Kongs or other stuffed toys to keep your puppy occupied and happy in the crate.
  • Be cautious of bones, toys or rawhides that can be choking hazards. I never recommend leaving anything besides Kongs in crates to avoid choking risks.
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