Purchase a crate based on the expected fully grown size of your dog. The divider panel that's included will allow you to change the usable size of the crate to suit his or her current size as they grow.
As for "how long"... It really depends on a lot of factors. The most important piece of the puzzle is for the usable size of the crate to be correct. Your dog should have enough room to turn around and lie down on their side. If the crate is small enough that this is all the room they have, they will not mess inside of the crate unless it is *absolutely* necessary.
It's important that you develop a schedule for your animal for sleeping, eating, playing, and going outside. Once your dog learns this schedule, they will be very happy to abide by it as it gives them sense of structure that they thrive on. Talk with your vet about the best way to establish this for your specific animal.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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I would recommend a 24 x 18 x 19" crate for your Beagle/Dachshund mix; he/she should not get any bigger than 20-25 lbs. or so. Use the included divider panel to size the crate to fit your puppy as it grows. Both Beagles and Dachshunds are hounds, which can be difficult to housetrain, as they can be stubborn. Be diligent in taking your puppy out first thing when it wakes up in the morning and from naps, after playing, about 10-15 minutes after eating, and last thing before going to bed at night, and don't let it loose in the house if it's not being watched carefully. Feed your puppy on a schedule; do not free-feed! This way, you will have a more predictable potty-break schedule. If you follow these guidelines, you can expect your puppy to be successfully housetrained at approximately 5-6 months of age.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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