Crate Training – Why and How to do it

Crate training is one of the most
requested videos you’ve asked me to make. It’s a super useful thing to teach your
dog, so here we go. Ian here with Simpawtico Dog Training and
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stuff we talked about. So I want to start this off for all the “crater haters.” Every
time the subject of crates comes up there are a lot of folks that pipe up
about how cruel and inhumane it is. Guys you’re coming at it totally wrong. You’re
misunderstanding how a crate is used and you’re talking about what you like, not
what a dog likes. If you think of it as a cage then that’s probably how you’re
going to treat it and that’s not how it’s used.
We humans have this whole thing with space and freedom. We like open floor
plans and property with acreage. But dogs are denning animals. Ultimately they like
it dark and close. And please understand that whether you use a crate or not your
dog is probably dennin up one way or another. This is why dogs go under end
tables and coffee tables, why they sleep under the covers, why they hang out under
your desk, or hide below the printer stand when the neighbor fires up his
leaf blower for the third time this week! For the other dogs this is why they like
bolster beds, why they nestle into the cushions, why they sit under chairs, why
they stretch out behind the couch. I mean sure: dogs love to lay in the
sunshine and run in the fields too but at the end of the day they’ll end up
denning up in whatever fashion they’re comfortable with in your home. Even the
most socialized, confident dog will den up somewhere whether it’s between their
owners on the couch or lounging on their bed. When we leave our dogs in the
kitchen during the day or in the utility room or in a guest room, we’ve created a
den for them. A crate, then, is a safe and protected den for a dog to be in while
we cannot supervise them. Of course there are some dogs who don’t need crates and
have never used one but don’t mistake that for the norm; those are the outliers.
the vast majority of puppies and newly adopted dogs will and do benefit from
crate training and intelligent use of a crate. One thing along those lines I want
to make crystal clear right off the bat is that we never ever use it as a
punishment. It is not for timeouts. Don’t ever put them up when you’re mad at them.
This only teaches them to fear and loathe time in the crate and you’ll be
creating a ton of problems for yourself down the road. A crate for
sure isn’t necessary for every dog so let’s start by discussing some of the
pros and cons to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Crates are great for raising a puppy or for helping a new adult dog settle
in. While they’re learning the ropes around your house a crate can help you
control destructive behaviors. If nothing else, blocking access to tempting things
like your shoes and underwear may be worth the effort. Crates are a necessity
for quick and effective errorless house training for puppies of course, but even
adult adoptees—even if supposedly potty trained—should still go through the full
house training regimen. For mature dogs that are through the potty training
process a crate is rarely a necessity. Many can be home alone or out during the
night. The exception is when there’s a specific behavior problem you’re trying
to address; then a crate may be a helpful component to your treatment plan. Mmake
sure you involve a consultant for these cases. Even for those dogs that don’t
need a crate, being crate trained is a good character trait for a dog to
possess as they may be called upon to go into a crate at times nonetheless. For
example if they’re staying somewhere while you’re out of town, or at the vet’s
or even at the groomer’s they may need to spend time in a crate. A crate is also
the safest option when traveling. A crate can be a reliable and familiar place in
the car for your dog, and for busy dogs they can’t interfere with you while
you’re driving. At home it’s important to have areas of inclusion and areas of
confinement or isolation. We need to be able to control our dogs’ stimulation and
to compartmentalize it to the places we want. It’s irresponsible to just leave
that up to chance. We don’t want them jazzed up in the family room at night
and we don’t want them wasted out in the yard when we’re trying to interact with
them. Using a crate as part of your practice would help. In any case a crate
shouldn’t be used for extended periods. Crates do not provide any outlet for
pent-up energy. If your dog is spending time in a crate you’ve got to make sure
you’re countering that confinement with constructive use of physical exercise
and mental stimulation. A crate can be an efficient management tool but don’t make
the mistake of making it your babysitter. Think of it like a crib or a playpen. We
move through similar stages with babies: cribs, toys, diaper champs, and high chairs,
so we need to be working through the same kinds of stages with our dogs.
Ostensibly your dog should grow out of the need for it with guidance and
support. There are several types of crates out there so here’s a basic
rundown of the main categories. Plastic flight crates are kind of the original
standard for crates. Plastic crates are great for a dog’s
first crate. The plastic is easier to clean up when there are messes, and for
big messes you can disassemble the crate to really get in there. Plastic crates
are generally warmer and drier. It’s very easy to throw a blanket on it to darken
it even more and this can be very soothing for many dogs. Plastic crates
are usually better for cars; some even have systems to strap them down. Some
have top loading options for smaller dogs. Plastic crates are the only option
for flying if your dog is not allowed in the cabin. Most plastic crates are
compliant with airline safety standards and plastic crates have lots of
affordable options. Wire crates are probably the second most common and
useful kind of crate. They easily fold up for storage or transport. They offer more
vision and more circulation. They can get kind of heavy as they get bigger, though.
You also cannot take them on planes. Wire crates are suitable for use in a car.
Wire crates also have a lot of affordable options. Soft sided crates
fold up as well but they’re made of lighter materials like nylon, vinyl, and
aluminum. These are best for travel and convenient set up in hotels or
campgrounds. They’re not recommended for the crate training process, or for a dog
with distress or an anxiety. These are best for dogs who’ve been trained and
are comfortable in a crate. Soft sided crates are affordable but on the higher
end. Fashion crates are made of finer grade materials and are made to look
like furniture. Some are even custom integrated into existing furniture. These
are also best for a dog that’s already accustomed to a crate. These are great
for inclusion time and, as you might imagine, fashion crates tend to get kind
of spendy. Heavy duty crates are best for extended transport. They’re used
mainly by owners that travel with their dogs regularly such as those that travel
to competitions or trials. These are the safest option in the car; they’re built
to withstand a full-on car crash. Heavy-duty crates are amongst the most
expensive of all the options. X-pens are also a great addition to your arsenal.
They’re a fabulous way-station for your integration routine. They’re awesome for
puppies and small breeds. It’s a great inclusion space when you transition from
a crate. They’re movable and portable— these just fold up like a wire crate.
They’re not for larger dogs or for highly energetic dogs, and dogs are
always supervised in these as they can learn to get out.
We typically train this too; we don’t just toss a dog into one and hope for
the best. Many puppy experts recommend that you
start with both a plastic crate and a wire crate and these will be used at
different times. One is for inclusion when the dog is crated but is still in
proximity with the family, and one we call a “quiet crate” which is covered for,
well, quiet alone time. If you can only afford one then a plastic crate may be
the better choice initially. If you’re adopting an older dog that is crate
trained a wire crate might be just fine. Once you’re through some of those
tougher early phases you should be able to progress into soft sided, fashion, or
heavy-duty if you desire. The baseline is that your dog needs to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in the crate. This is an easy prospect if
you’re adopting an older dog that’s pretty much done growing, but for puppies
that can be a little more difficult. Wire crates usually come with a movable
divider so you can effectively start the crate small and then enlarge it as
the puppy grows. This way you only have to buy one wire crate. For your plastic
crate you’ll have to get one big enough to last a little while. Ostensibly once
your puppy’s potty-trained you may not need your plastic crate. We won’t cover
potty training in this video as it’s way outside the scope. If your dog has had a
previous bad experience with the crate or is suffering from isolation distress
or separation anxiety you will need to seek help from a trainer or behavioral
consultant. Don’t try to force the issue or you’ll just make it worse. For the
rest of the doggos out there though it’s usually a pretty straightforward
process. We want our dogs to view the crate as a safe place. It should be
pleasant and inviting, so we need to habituate them to it. A neutral response
is sufficient but a good Conditioned Emotional Response is even better. As
with all training there’s a timing issue: monitor and control their energy and
don’t try to work on crate training during peak arousal times. Work with them,
spend time with them and wear them out first. Your first line strategy is praise
of course. As we’ve said numerous times on this channel your voice is your
number one training tool. Consider using a consistent phrase as a cue to go in. As
with everything in training pairing a word or phrase will help directionalize
their attention towards where it needs to be. Tie the door back initially so it doesn’t scare the dog. Doors can swing
around randomly and clink and clang on the crate potentially frightening
sensitive dogs and setting your work back. Now this video is already gonna be
kinda long so we’ve got two great crate training progressions you can use and
these will be separate Power Tip videos. Along with our Kong training video you
should be able to get your dog habituated and even interested in no
time. We’ll link to those videos in the YouTube description. Keep a baggie or
bowl of treats on the crate so it’s relatively easy to pre-bait the crate.
Also a chew toy or other items will be needed and should be handy. Don’t work on
crate training with your dog unless you have food rewards and toy rewards ready.
Set this up and make it convenient for you or you probably won’t do it. Routines
are awesome but try not to make your initial training follow a predictable
pattern. You want to destabilize the patterns of coming and going to short
circuit expectation. This will preserve the integrity of whatever training you
do with the crate. Don’t let your dog make a habit of demanding to be let out
if your dog is barking for you to open the door in those early phases, here’s
how you fix it: Crate training is labor-intensive but it
reduces the possibility of problems later on. Be patient,
practice until your dog enters their crate willingly. Depending on the dog
this could take several days. Don’t rush it; the dog will tell you how fast to go.
Practice until your dog is alright in the crate for about 30 minutes before
leaving the house. This will minimize stress when you do leave. Make the first
leaving a short one, maybe an hour or so. Finally if you make a big production out
of letting your dog out you potentially create a couple of situations: 1) you condition your dog to be super aroused when you let them out. These dogs
will launch out of the crate at you like a torpedo. 2) the dog starts to feel like
being out of the crate is better than being in the crate. These dogs will
become more reluctant to go in as time goes by so be enthusiastic about getting
into the crate but be just kind of neutral about letting your dog out. Line
your crate with a soft towel or mat. If your dog is chewing up beds, a towel
might be a better option until chew-toy training is under wraps. We’ll put some good
liner recommendations in the YouTube description. Puppies being potty trained
should never be created longer than they can reasonably be expected to hold it. The general rule of thumb is one hour per month plus one so at two months
you’re looking at approximately two to three hours three months three or four
hours four months four to five hours and so on. Until potty training is sewn up
consider coming home on a lunch break or have someone let the puppy out. Adults
don’t need as many potty breaks although as we mentioned all newly adopted adult
dogs should still undergo a full potty training regimen including crate
confinement. Don’t leave food in the crate. There is no situation where your
dog should require food in the crate. As we’ve mentioned many times before dogs
should not be free fed, they should be on routine, timed feedings. And your dog
should never be crated so long that they require food available in the crate
anyway. The only time food is available in the crate is when we’re toy-feeding
them to habituate them to being inside it. This is a temporary situation during
our training progression. Water is a little different. If your dog is only in
the crate a couple of hours at a time water is not necessary, although if
you’re a working stiff and your dog spends several hours a day in there you
may want to consider making water available. In this case do not use a bowl,
get a water bottle. This is a lot less messy and more compact without taking up internal real estate. I’ll link to some options in
the description. However, for those dogs that spend long hours alone you may want
to consider making a bigger Den Apartment. For adult dogs you can give
them more room to hang out, and the puppy version actually includes a toilet that
will expedite your potty training. These were recommended and designed by
world-class behaviorists and trainers. Check out the simple plans for a puppy
apartment on both DogStar Daily and Open Paw, and I’ll put links in the
YouTube description. We mentioned our recommendation that you have two crates
initially: an inclusion crate in a room where you spend the most time and a
quiet crate. This is another method for managing energy. There will be times when
your dog needs to settle down for a nap in a dark quiet place and there are
times when your dog can hang out with the family but still needs to learn how to
occupy themselves. Since they’re supervised, this is a good time for a
chew toy and later on this will be a good opportunity to use that X-pen.
However you set things up—one crate or two— set up the flow so that you can move
your dog around easily. Don’t put their crate in the upstairs back bedroom.
Especially if you’re potty training you need to be able to get them outside
quickly and easily. Set up your house to make it easy for you or you won’t get
it done. Alright guys! This should cover the
majority of your crate training conundrums. If you run into any bigger
snags make sure to buddy up with a local trainer to help you iron out those kinks.
Now question for you: what are some ways your dog dens up whether it’s in a
crate or otherwise? Also what are some other things you’d like us to make
videos about in 2018? Let us hear from you in those comments. Good luck with
your crate training, don’t forget to thumbs up this video, and as always keep
learning, keep practicing, and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching!

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100 Responses

  1. Simpawtico Dog Training says:

    Looking for a specific piece of info? This video's timecodes:
    2:40 Is a Crate Right for You?
    4:46 Crate Types
    7:42 Crate Sizing
    8:16 Habituation
    11:10 Using Your Crate

  2. Craig Manning says:

    Key is "intelligent use of the crate". Thank you!

  3. Sue Kocher says:

    This is great, but I think wire crates are #1 for those who can have only one crate, because you can train your dog important behaviors while they are in the crate. You can drop treats in the top or at the back for things like "In and Out" training, teaching Sit and Wait while the dog is waiting for the crate to open, and the other things you talked about.. It's also better for feeding inside the crate because you can see what's going on.

  4. Peter Acosta says:

    But what if we are wanting them in a crate only for them to sleep. What do we do while we train them because I am having to help my dog into the crate and I feel like I’m making her not like the crate

  5. Marcos santillan says:

    We have a German shepherd that is 11 weeks. We’re currently trying to potty train him ( Beckett wreck-It Ralph). I was told he shouldn’t have free roam of our house. If we’re not playing with him then he needs to go up in the crate, but just seems to much. Is that correct? He’ll chew anything and everything including us and doesn’t know his bite down limit just yet. We have tried the kone and he doesn’t like it. Any advice?

  6. Joe Martin says:

    I am having trouble getting my 4 month Aussie to settle down in her crate during the day. I have been playing crate games and baiting the crate and exercising her every morning and she does fine in the crate sleeping at night, but during the days she seems more interested in demand barking than chewing her stuffed Kong and rawhide. I only leave her in for a few hours at a time while I work from home, how long do you expect before she starts to habituate?

  7. OP Feejer says:

    I'm really liking this video series! Great info and professionally produced. We have a problem and are desperate for a little advice. We got a 9 month old rescue Shiba Inu from China 8 days ago and are at our wits end. He had a urinary tract infection and giardia upon arrival which we just finished giving the meds for yesterday. We have been crate training him, but don't know what to do at night. A trainer told us to let him "bark it out" which we did 2 nights ago. He barked for 2 hours, slept for 4 hours, then started barking at 3:30am. I took him out thinking he had to go, but he just wanted to play. After 10 minutes outside, I put him back in the crate and he barked a bit, then slept until 6:30am. Not too bad. So last night, we crated him and he only barked for a few minutes, but again at 3:30am, started barking and slamming against his crate. I came down and took him out, but after 15 minutes of waiting, he didn't go. I put him in his crate and went back to bed. He barked for another 2-3 hours. When I came down around 6:15am, he had peed and pooped in his crate and also ate most of the poop, which he really seems to dig unfortunately. So what to do tonight? I really have to get some sleep! BTW, he has peed in his crate like 6 times since we got him, even like 30 minutes after he had peed. I'm getting tired of cleaning that thing out!

  8. SpikyTuber says:

    Great video!

  9. darryl hersey says:

    I have two older dogs who have always been outside dogs unless in-climate weather and just got two puppies and crate training the two new ones, what problems can I expected?

  10. Jon Langston says:

    What are your thoughts on an open crate with a playpen combo?

  11. Debra Merrill says:

    We are getting a Cocker Spaniel soon and I am wondering about him the first few nights, if we are not to just put him in the crate. We cannot give free access to our entire house and we would like to start him sleeping in the plastic crate at night in our room, steel crate downstairs in the day. There will not be time or days to gently encourage him into the crate. Any suggestions?

  12. Savemebiatch says:

    My dog dens up in my pillows at night sometimes I can’t find her in the morning because she’s so well blended in

  13. Hector Toro says:

    My family is adopting a dog from the Humane Society and we will be picking him up tomorrow. I’m glad I found this videos as I want to ensure our newest family member transitions well into our home. I do have a question that I noticed on this video and others. You mentioned peak arousal times. Can you explain when those typically would be? As I’m trying to plan out my first week for what I expect from our new dog, I want to make sure that I’m not hindering my dog’s ability to learn if I’m doing during these peak arousal times. Thanks and great videos!

  14. Marvin Guerrero says:

    Is my dog going to be okay if iam going to school

  15. Jennifer Johnson says:

    we are getting our first puppy today! I am so glad that I found this channel and can watch all the videos and read the books.

  16. Golden Lotus says:

    Still doesn't teach me what to do I literally cannot find a single video on how to adjust housebreak step by step on what to do with my dog I have a Chihuahua mix he's very tiny he's about to pounds and he's 9 weeks old I put him in his pain and take him in and out he pees and poops all day long and there's no real time of when he goes there still no directions on how to housebreak these little guys at all whatsoever

  17. Shana Karlsen says:

    Love the earplugs, lol!!!

  18. Paul Cunningham says:

    Really helpful video! We have just adopted a three year old Kokoni cross. She is sweet and gentle; completely toilet trained, and will happily go in her crate when we are around. She sleeps at night in her bed on the landing outside our bedroom. The problem comes when we need to leave the house; then she will wail, bark, drool excesively and has gnawed at the cage so much she made her mouth bleed!
    We have tried pretending to leave for short periods; using the kong; leaving an item of clothing with our smell; background music, aromatherapy; ignoring the noise and rewarding calm moments (if they ever happen!) Someone advised to muzzle her in the crate, but I am not happy about this. Have not been able to leave the house for more than 1-2 hours at most since we got her.
    Urgently in need of advice

  19. Riesabet Ello says:

    Hi, I just received my pup 3 days ago. I have a pen setup and is about to start crate training. She had a dramatic cargo confinement so I thought it best to ease into the crate training the last two days; and have left the wire crate door open with a couple of treats and toys in there. I think it’s time to move forward with full crate training. She seems a bit more settled and going inside briefly. (She is a French Bulldog and 12 weeks old.) I’m confused…Do I take her outside after 2-3 hours in the crate during night in -10C snow or simply let her use the potty area, that I have setup in the corner of the pen? I take her outside 6 times during the day in the cold but the poor little girl shivers, so we go back inside. She doesn’t want to go outside. In the night it might just be unrealistic as well. I hope by persisting even if she doesn’t go, it will become habit for future and she might actually go when the weather improves in a couple of months.

  20. alastair way says:

    For crate read cage.

  21. Lida Verner says:

    This is an incredibly helpful video. I am anticipating a golden retriever puppy in June/July sometime so I am trying to learn as much as I can before then. It's been a long time since my 7 yo Golden was a puppy. <G> One question (for now), what is the best way to handle a free roaming adult dog and crate training a puppy?

  22. InkyAk86 says:

    tried a crate for our new 8 week old puppy,won't go near it,put him in,comes right back out,even if i ignore him.if i put him in and close door,he just screams and screams

  23. Mikey Dominguez says:

    period of him being alone really has me worried and sad 🙁 will he cry till he's tired will it have a negative affect on him? .. anyone is appreciate your opinions or thoughts on this…. I love my baby boy Sid .

  24. saffysaffyrocks says:

    My old dog was adopted at age 6 and had been abused so we never crate trained him, he had his own corner in the house to go to to sleep but generally disliked being kept contained – he had fears of kennels and of closed spaces. But we’re starting to foster dogs now so it’s interesting to learn about how useful crate training can be!

  25. Schatzen Liebe says:

    Crate is home for other Dogs as long it is not like as punishment or a space exclusively for therm

  26. Lisa stevens cutner says:

    My dog Dens behind the couch

  27. Jim Oyler says:

    Great video! Very informative.

  28. Sparkle Fairy Princess * & * Empress Of Pink Magic says:

    Wish i had watched this video an hour ago to know about the ear plugs

  29. Untouchable TV says:

    I'm a newly owner of it 6 week old Rottweiler puppy started crate training 2 days ago. How long throughout the day should I have the puppy in his crate?, He cries for about 10-15min then stops and goes to sleep I take them out to feed him also every hour or two to go potty… I'm just not sure on how long is proper to keep him in the crate please advise..

  30. Akia Enriquez says:

    Omg! LMAO. When he flashed the photo of the shih tzu while mentioning busy dogs while driving I lost it. I had one that jumped down by my feet while I was driving and had to get a crate for him while we drove till he learned that was not ok. We almost got into an accident.

  31. Elfi Littmann-Kaba says:

    HELP! I am starting to panick: In 2 weeks I will fly across half of the globe with my 2 medium-size dogs who will travel as excess luggage on my flight. Chico loved his kennel right from the start – he sleeps in it and I don't think there will be any problems. But Tarzan already made the big jump once – 3 long flights within one week, but via Pet Travel Agents. Now I will be alone, and Tarzan does not want to go in! I throw pieces of sausage in it, serve his food in it (have been doing all this since 2-3 months!), but he always leaves his rear feet out – ready to flee. Once I succeeded to shut him in – he instantly stopped eating and stood there like petrified for 5 minutes, then I opened the door. Btw: It is very hot in this season – at night he tears his mat out and sleeps in front of the kennel. What do you recommend to make him go in?

  32. Colleen Jones says:

    Would like to see a training video on how to prepare your dog for an airline flight

  33. Shrenik Khona says:

    Awesome video bro…. so informative… best video on why to crate train…. amazing

  34. denyartha sp says:

    I have a 2 months old puppy and he usually poop 2-3 time after a meal.. so basically if i crate him during night time, i woke up to a poop covered puppy.. what should i do?

  35. cynthia green at heart says:

    I have one that they left behind in my old house is it to late to put him in one.

  36. Robert Simoneaux says:

    Good information. Thanks!

  37. Alexa Bussey says:

    about 3 weeks or so ago I got a labradoodle puppy who is only 3 months old he is very smart but is always having accidents in the house and my mom is not having it so she will put him in his crate for 10mins at a time what I think is wrong if she wants to not bark and cry and make a big fuss about being in the crate how do I show him that what he did was wrong

  38. Abbie Taylor says:

    Hi Ian-I love your channel so much! I have a 3 year old Basenji/Pitbull mix.

    Background: her first two years were spent on the streets & with a mean owner and the next 10 were in a shelter before my ex adopted her. Due to an issue, he couldn't take care of her after two months, so she came to live with me. I've now had her for two months. She's a honey and loves to cuddle, but also goes off on her own to chew or curl up. She doesn't like to sleep anywhere but with me. (That was my bad–I didn't realize.)

    Problem/Question: I live in an apt and am trying (after giving doggy daycare up) to leave her at home while I'm at work. I'm on Day 3 and so far, she's peed &/or pooped 2 out of 3 days. She's not destructive and she can hold it, but I think she's reacting to me being gone. Should I try to crate train her or should I focus more on Kong training to alleviate the isolation distress. Thank you!

  39. Syd Thornton says:

    I have a year old Saint Bernard puppy and a dog trainer to keep him crated 24/7 and only let him out to pee and for walks, but be won't stop barking. Even if I need to put him in for a few minutes while I clean up a mess. How do I stop this?

  40. Mommy Mastery says:

    Can you please make a video on clicker training? pros? cons? your opinion? thanks!

  41. Anthony Soprano says:

    Love this channel and you deserve over a million subs unlike that other channel that has it

  42. Kraykyn says:

    I got a question?

    If you crate train your dog/pup, should you still get a dog bed? (Not a dog mat for the crate.) I worry that as the dog gets older, they get joint pains and the crate looks really uncomfortable to me.

  43. Stylista247 says:

    My new puppy wakes up several times in the night and cries so we put his bed in our room to comfort him. Should we put his crate somewhere else and close it while we sleep ? I’m scared he will still cry all night in there

  44. yrfrisbaek says:

    Thank you for great videos! Just subscribed and have watched a few of your videos.
    We just got our first dog 5 days ago. She is an almost 9 weeks old Aussie. The breeder told us that she would not need to go out to pee during the night and let her sleep in her crate in our bedroom, at least for the first nights.
    It has worked without any problems or accidents so far, goes to sleep between 10-11 pm and sleeps until 6:30ish without any whining or peeing.
    She does whine for a few sec-minutes when put in the crate but settles down quickly.
    She is also doing super well on potty training, we take her out every time she wakes up from day-naps (which she usually takes on the mat/rug in front of the garden-door, which is obviously her favorite resting place 😉
    We had thought to train her to be in a play den area, that we made in a corner of the living room, for her to be in when we need to leave her at home alone, not in the crate itself (thus far she´s only in the crate during night time).
    She gets her food and water in the play den area and we have done "crate training games" with the den, she goes in and out without problems. We have closed the door to the play den area a few times, first only for a few sec-min and the last two times she settled down after praises when she stopped whining and she lay down and fell asleep and when she woke up she whined and wanted out – and we let her out (when she stopped whining 😉 )
    So, ok, now to my question 😉
    In three days we need to leave her alone for 2 hours for the first time (we can absolutely use the next 3 days to first leave her alone for shorter periods first)…. should we stick to the plan and leave her in the play den area (no crate inside) when she´s home alone? Or should we train her rather to stay in her crate?
    We just thought about it now, that maybe it is dangerous/bad for her if we leave her alone in the play den area and she tries to jump/get out of it :/

  45. Sevag Hadjian says:

    If my puppy didn't like it what should I do?

  46. Sevag Hadjian says:

    My puppy isn't feeling well inside the crate and he's crying when I get him out he's okay

  47. Bemba Lopez says:

    Can you make a video of how to stop your puppy from whining at night

  48. Frenchie Frys!! says:

    He’s the best. I’m getting a new Frenchie. He’s 7 weeks and I get all my tips from him. Btw I’m starting a channel starting next week. If u guys can, plzzzz subscribe. Luv ya. -Frenchie Frys

  49. Rachel Wilder says:

    Where does puppy sleep the first weeks if, according to the video, I should work up to longer confinement periods?

  50. Tony B says:

    Hello, thank you for the video. Do you recommend a certain brand for the plastic crates?

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  53. Beth Schaler says:

    We put a blanket from our puppy's breeder/mama in his crate the first day home and he followed it right in. He laid on the blanket in the crate with the door open the whole first day watching us and has loved the crate ever since.

  54. Maggie Adair says:

    Finally understand more about crate training. The information here is so comprehensive and has made me more comfortable with the concept. I have taken lots of notes. I like the idea of the 'apartment' as our puppy is alone for up to 10 hours during the week. I need to set it up better though I think

  55. sue mcfarlane says:

    It’s a nice safe den for your puppy

  56. sue mcfarlane says:

    Do a potty training video everyone thinks they know how if the dog messes inside you either rub his nose in it or you hit him with a rolled up newspaper it’s mind boggling the idiots that buy dogs although I think those example may have stemmed from cartoons

  57. Great Spirit says:

    Get a very good sized crate for your dog, if you plan to keep him or her in there while you are at work. That in itself is, of-course, a form of cruelty, if used on a regular basis. Not recommended at all. Definitely get a dog walker, and a very large crate and a T.V or other entertainment while away.

  58. Max Covfefe says:

    This is the one thing I've got down… only good things happen in the crate. the closest it comes to being used as "discipline" is, "aww, buddy, did you get cranky? do you need a nap? let's go where no one bothers you." Or "don't trust the crate?? but look! it has delicious snacks!"

  59. ahmed alsabti says:

    I live on the 9th floor and it takes a little while to get down for the potty. So the puppy 7 weeks old cannot make it down stairs without making an accident. She still cries a lot when she goes in the crate and makes accidents in there when she starts crying. Not sure what am I doing wrong

  60. Danielle Johnson says:

    I have never used my puppy's crate for punishments I have always used it for when I'm not home but she's afraid of the crate

  61. Nik Q says:

    Thank you!

  62. RundownHero says:

    How do you handle crate training around a full time job? I'm looking at adopting soon, and hopefully I can start training on a weekend, but I feel like this is super important to have down before having to leave for work for 7-9 hours a day..

  63. Denrick Thomas says:

    My new eight week old puppy always begs to sleep on the bed with me. how can I stop that behaviour?

  64. Cheryl Juliette says:

    Best intelligent answer to the 'crate haters'… 🎈❣ Thank you for your expertise and integrity!!!

  65. KJHLovA says:

    Can you make a video on how to care for a dog post-op who can't exercise (surgery in both elbows)

  66. mattystewart8 says:

    Its funny that the people who think of it as a doggy prison seem to feel absolutely no shame in putting a shackle and chains on their dog (collar and lead) to walk them…..

  67. mattystewart8 says:

    I think youre wrong about the if you can only afford one part. Buy a wire crate and put a good cover on it. Then its as simple as taking a cover off to have inclusion time

  68. Patrik Nilsson says:

    Hey! How would you recommend I feed my dog if I work shift? Like some weeks I work 6AM – 2:30PM and some weeks 2:15PM to 10:30PM so feeding on a strict regime would be hard. Any tips?

  69. Ralph Thomas says:

    We got a 5 pound little girl rat terrier nine months old and she seem to like the crate OK during the day she would go in and get treats etc. but at night when we tried to close her in she screamed and hollered all night should we just let her scream and holler or how should that be handled

  70. Brandon Criollo says:

    Ur my hero

  71. Johanna Fernandez says:

    Hi! I will be getting two puppies soon and I was wondering if they could share the same crate or I will need to get two crates one for each???
    Thank you your videos are very informative my kids love them😊

  72. Mia Kay says:

    I love the animations! 🙂

  73. Sharon Clarke says:

    Is there an order to your videos. bringing home a new puppy in a few weeks. Whats the order I should do this. Help

  74. Aubrey Farnsworth says:

    My dog dens up in my room. If I leave for the day or a week, he hardly leaves my bed (unless he's eating, using the dog door, or just checking up on who is coming and going). He especially likes my pillows. We are for sure den buddies.

  75. Jenn M says:

    What is the best age to begin training? I have a 3.5 week Chihuahua Puppy that i'm rescuing. She does really well when I put her in this little bitty bin that I have a blanket sorta rolled at the edges like a dog bed and I use a hand towel to cover her. She snuggles in there to sleep & plays . I know she likes it because she is warm and doesn't feel so alone… if I leave the room she cries. Sometimes she just lays down and waits for me to return .. I tried the kennel twice and I was in the room but she cried so much. So I'm curious if it's because she is so small .. i have the plastic one. A small one but it looks big compared to her. Any suggestions will be helpful.

  76. Malle 0409 says:

    So what do I do when I 1. Take the Puppy home from the breeder? Should I put him in a box or better on the backseat with a belt so he dosnt feel so anxious? 2. When he should sleep in the crate in the first night he hasnt been crate trained, what do i do? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️😋👍

  77. Sparky UK says:

    We have a create inside a playpen – we don't close the crate door, but we do keep the playpen door closed when we are our or asleep. Are we doing it wrong, should she just be in a crate?

  78. Amy Sofia says:

    I'm sure for some dogs it's useful but I've had 4 dogs and none of them had crates. In fact we had crates for our springers for a whopping year and found it useless. We've also always had wonderfully kind and well trained dogs. Training is important but we credit our dogs' wonderful manners down to common sense and unconditional love. I know so many people who have ill behaved dogs despite having crates, harnesses, and kongs because they DONT pay attention to their dog's signals, punish them in inappropriate ways and times, and confuse their dogs with yelling, complicated commands, and playing rough with them. For example, we taught our Cocker Spaniel to be gentle when taking food (she used to be super teethy!) by yelping whenever she bit us and teaching her the command "(be) nice". She quickly learned to treat everything, but chew toys, gingerly.

  79. Lars Vegas says:

    Ive had 5 dogs in my live and never owned a crate… overrated if u asked me!… better just teach em how to let loose of stuff.. and come and sit.. fetch maybe.. u dont need much more..

  80. Shelby Austin says:

    Great point about feeding and watering in the crate, I’ll make that adjustment!!

  81. Bethany Seabolt says:

    This is so helpful, thank you!

  82. Elise Lorenzo says:

    I’m a dog trainer and your videos are great for additional resources for clients. Thanks for making them!

  83. Isabelle Heino says:

    I have two puppies that seem like they’re impossible to potty train. I would like to crate train them to help with this issue, would it be ok if they are in separate crates but in the same room?

  84. CrossTechDesign says:

    hard to take this guy serious when he has zip ties in his ears

  85. Peg Davis says:

    Use of crates is cruel period and this video will only help relieve the anxiety and guilt from owners who use them, cause it certainly increases anxiety in animals. Confinement for any living creature has been scientifically proven to be harmful. Comparing a crate to a den is complete and utter stupidity.

  86. LH says:

    I recently adopted a 3 year old shelter dog from Portugal. When I went out of her sight when she was in the living room, she scratched my curtains (3rd day she was home). That night I put her in the laundry room again for sleeping, the first 2 days she just cried a little at night but that night she scratched my doorframe for a long time and now its damaged. Would a crate be a solution? Would it be okay to place it in the living room and then sleep next to it the first night or how should I do this?

  87. HoneyedHylian says:

    I feel like i'm in the animus.

  88. scott dinger says:


  89. Sweetheart Gaming says:

    I am gone for 7 hours a day and I can’t just leave it in a tiny crate with no moving space. What if I have a closed up play pen? Is that a good idea?

  90. Bethany Phillips says:

    Should I not try to crate train if my dog has isolation distress? (barking/howling non-stop every time he is left alone)

  91. Kristin Labreck says:

    I need help! I have a new puppy and I want to crate train her but I also have an older rescue (about 4) and he loves his crate but gets very aggressive when he is inside, growls and shows teeth if anyone or anything comes near it and if you try to get anything out of it,he will bite you, also when he is in there he will not come out for walks. When we decided to take the crate down his behavior improved drastically and I'm concerned that reintroducing a crate into the environment would throw him into a spiral and make him act aggressively again. Please help.

  92. Cyndi Daves says:

    Hi thanks for the video lots of information. I would like a video on training a new dog puppy etc. for guarding livestock not necessarily an LGD breed. Can you train any breed to guard and if so I would like to see a training video. Thank you very much

  93. Wabbae says:

    I have a question! You said that dogs can grow out of them and potentially be home alone outside of them. How come you keep your experienced dogs in crates when you leave the house?

  94. Kim Port says:

    Thank you for explaining crate training!!! Love your videos!!😊

  95. James R Patterson says:

    Hello. I have an Havanese female pup that is 4 months old. Three days ago she started a two week offsite boot camp for Obedience training. My question has to do with putting her in a crate when I am away. What would be the longest amount of time she could be crated? For example, what if I need to be away from home for three hours?

  96. Nancy Brennan says:

    I like your crate training video. I can't find any video on potty training, and I thought it is a topic related to create training. Did I overlook it or is it included in some other video topic?

  97. daniel matuk says:

    At what point can the door be shut/locked at night? Our 11 week labradoodle seems pretty comfortable with the crate. She willingly runs in for food and have tried hiding some treats for her. She stays in for tapered off treating as well. At night though she does a lot of crying when in there and prefers all her naps under a chair or the couch which she won’t be able to fit under much longer. I know all the training is supposed to be positive behavior and and positive associations but at what point are they ‘oh yeah cool lock that so I can chill’ or do you even wait that long before locking

  98. D W says:

    What should I do when my puppy ( 13 week old French bulldog) pees in his crate and bed?

  99. caststone ba says:

    "a crate can help you control destructive behaiviors " isn't that a fancy way of saying punishing? which you clearly said at the start don't ever do " because it will create a bunch of whole new problems" ? Now I'm confused. Do you know what you are doing? Or are you just like the rest of us with the try and see technique?

  100. MOPARGuy says:

    Our puppy used to go in w no issues. But now she knows when she goes in it’s bc it’s bed time or someone is leaving and FREAKS out

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