Everyone loves a cute Bloodhound puppy--those long floppy ears and adorable ears make them hard to resist. And while they are puppies, they can be a lot of fun. But by the time they reach a few months of age, they are no longer quite so cute as their true nature begins to emerge. At this point, their need to work starts to take precedence. If you don't keep your pup busy, he is more likely to start tearing your home to shreds. Crate training is a great way to prevent this from happening and is a must for the safety of your pup and the sanity of your household.
The basic concept behind this task is to train your Bloodhound to go into his crate or kennel, relax, and stay there for as long as you need him to. In essence, you are taking advantage of your dog's natural instinct to find a den. The problem with this is that Bloodhounds are very stubborn by nature, so be prepared for a bit of a battle as you proceed through training your pup to stay in his kennel.
Because younger Bloodhounds are a lot more impressionable, the earlier you start training him to stay in his crate the easier it will be. Since all dogs have a keen natural desire to have their own den, your job is to teach your dog to see the crate as his den. He can use it for naps, to sleep at night, and to stay in while you are at work.
The most important part of crate training your bloodhound is to make sure you have the right size kennel. Plan to buy one for use while he is a pup and one to use when he is fully grown, or a larger crate that you can make smaller with a partition while your pup is small. Your pup needs to have enough room to stand up with some headroom, to turn around in, and to lay down and stretch out without touching the sides. You also need a few supplies:
The rest is all about time and patience. Take your time and work with your pup on a daily basis. Your pup is going to be resistant, but just stand your ground and keep working with him, and in time he will learn to love his "den."