At the start of the new year, my rescued beagle, Cooper started settling into his surroundings. This made me happy, as I had rescued him in November and he was starting to show me that he was trusting me and even enjoying his new home. However, his settling in quickly turned into some bad behaviors.
One day, I came home at lunch to find my trash dug out from under the sink. There wasn't much in it, but there was some red velvet cake that I had tossed out and some old chicken I hadn't finished for the week. (While I'm sure this was delish to this hound while he was gobbling it down, it sure made his tummy upset that night.) I decided he would spend the rest of the day in my bedroom until I could get some child locks for the sink cupboard. Unfortunately, Cooper has already marked on my bed, and he showed me that he's not done with that yet either.
After installing the child locks I picked up at The Home Depot, I came home to my trash dug out once again, the cupboard door chewed up and the child lock broken. There wasn't much in the trash, but it was clear to me he knew there were goodies located under the kitchen sink. We went to Petco that night to pick up some dog food and when I came home to put it away, I noticed that digging the trash out from under the sink wasn't the only way Cooper was passing his time while I was at work; he was also digging at my food pantry door.
This was no good. I had crate trained my dog Lucy, and decided that this pup would be safer in one as well.
I live by a few rules when I crate train:
Now, there are other tips and tricks to crate training, and I felt it best to send you to some reputable organizations to learn more about it; you can find them below. But, if you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments. Or, contact a pet trainer in the area.
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