How To Crate Train a Puppy – Crate Training a Puppy

Hi, I’m Kathy Santo for
Iams with Howdini. And today we’re going
to talk about how to create train your puppy. We’ll begin with a general
discussion on the philosophy supporting the crate
training method. We’ll review what you’ll need,
the steps involved in the process itself, and some
possible troubles you may encounter along the way. Before you begin crate
training, it helps to understand the philosophy
behind this method. If your dog is properly crate
trained, he’ll view his crate as a private room with a view,
a safe haven he can call his own, and a quiet place
he can relax in. He won’t see it as a rigid
structure of confinement and punishment. In fact, it’ll be just
the opposite. In nature, wild dogs seek out
and use their den as a home where they can hide from
danger, sleep, and raise their young. In your home, the crate becomes
your puppy’s den, an ideal spot to sleep and stay
out of harm’s way. And for you, the benefits
of crate training are– house training, because your
puppy won’t like to soil the area where he sleeps. Limited access to the rest of
the house where he learns the house rules. And transporting safely
and easily in the car. Start crate training a
few days after your puppy settles in. Before you can start crate
training, you and your family members must understand that
they create can never be used for punishment. Never leave your young puppy
under six months in his crate for more than three hours. He’ll get bored, have to go
to the bathroom, and won’t understand why he’s been left
alone in discomfort. As your dog gets older, he can
be crated for longer periods of time because his bladder
isn’t as small. But keep in mind he still needs
a healthy portion of exercise and attention daily. If you and your family are
unable to accommodate your puppy’s exercise, feeding, and
bathroom needs, consider hiring a dog walker or asking
a neighbor or friend for assistance. After that, the crate should
be a place he goes into voluntarily, with the
door always open. There are a variety of crates
available for purchase these days, each of which is designed
for a different lifestyle need. When selecting a crate, you want
to make sure it’s just large enough for your puppy to
be able to stand up, turn around, and lay down
in comfortably. Because your puppy will grow
quickly, I often recommend getting a crate that fits the
size you expect your puppy to grow to and simply block off the
excess crate space so your dog can’t eliminate at one end
and retreat to the other. Now for the crate training
process. The two most important things
to remember while crate training are that it should be
associated with something pleasant and take place in
a series of small steps. The first step is to introduce
your puppy to his crate. This will serve as
his new den. Put bedding and chew toys
in his crate and let him investigate his area. If he chews or urinates
on his bedding, permanently remove it. Observe and interact with your
puppy while he’s acclimating to his crate. This will help forge a sense of
pack and establish you as the pack leader. Encourage him to enter
the crate with soft words and some treats. You can also pre-place some
treats in the back corners and under the blankets to help make
it a pleasant experience. Step two is to start feeding
his puppy in his crate. Begin with the bowls near the
opening of the crate. As your puppy becomes less
reluctant to enter, slowly inch the food back every feeding
until you’re placing all the way in the back. When you get to the point
where your puppy happily enters the crate and stands in
the back to eat, begin gently closing the crate door behind
him while he’s eating. At first, opened the door
immediately after he finishes. But after that, begin leaving
the door closed a bit longer every time. If your puppy cries, you may
have increased the time too fast. So decrease the length
a bit and then slowly begin increasing it again. When he does cry, do not let
him out until he stops or he’ll always do this
to get his way. Once you puppy is used to eating
his meals and waiting to be let out with no anxiety
or crying, you can start confining him longer
when you’re home. To do so, call him over with
a treat and give it to him in his crate. Associating a command such as
“kennel” is important, so he understands the reward is a
result of going in the crate. At first, you’ll need to sit
quietly next to him. If he’s fine after 10 minutes,
go into the other for a bit. And then come back and let
him out only if he is calm and not crying. If he is crying, you’ll have
to wait until he’s calm. Once you can leave him for about
30 minutes at a time without him getting upset,
you can start leaving him there longer. Eventually decrease the amount
of reward you give for entering the crate so that
saying the command word is sufficient. When you get home after being
away for a long time, your puppy will likely be very
excited to see you. It’s important not to reward
this behavior or anticipating his arrival every day may
be stressful for him. And lastly, make sure to crate
your dog for short periods of time while your home or else he
will associate crating with being left alone. I’m Kathy Santo for Iams with
Howdini, and I hope that you’ve found this helpful as you
welcome your new addition to your family. For more information on puppy
care and training, visit

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100 Responses

  1. bopha says:

    my puppy got used to the crate and has no problem with it. but the crate was in my bedroom and now i changed its place to make it look like i'm not at home. so i can watch better how she acts if i leave the house. now she's constantly whining while she's in the crate. what should i do?

  2. Emilio Farfan says:

    how do I use the crate for my 4 months old Jack Russell terrier, as a place to sleep and rest (to limit her) or as a "bathroom" since I live in an appartment ???. My dog doesn't want to make potty or pipi when I take a walk for the park near my house…

  3. Emilio Farfan says:

    how can I teach my Jack Russell Terrier (4 months old) to go potty (popo and pipi) just in the crate as her bathroom ???

  4. Susan Rea says:

    I have had dogs all my life, most of them rescues, & they do NOT need to be locked into a space in which they can barely turn around in order to feel safe, secure or comfortable.  How anyone could leave their dog in a such a small confined area while they're at work all day defies belief.  It is an inhumane & completely unnecessary practice.  The only exception would be if you had a destructive dog who just couldn't be left in the home without confinement, in which case leave the dog in a room in the house with toys, water, etc., or buy a proper sized kennel for the dog in which it can MOVE!  Also, all of our dogs have been housetrained quickly & without fuss in 2-3 weeks without leaving them locked in a small cage hardly able to move all day.  If you can't be home to stay with & train your puppy, then don't get a puppy!!!  Dogs need company so if you have to work 40 hours a week, just don't get one, or else get two so they can keep eachother company given free run of the house.

  5. The Lego Minion says:

    thanks this is GREAT advice!!!!!

  6. Salem Saberhagen says:

    short concrete simple love it nice job

  7. Trey Da Trainer says:

    Crate training a pup can be tough.

  8. Naman Bhasin says:

    Thank you Kathy I just got a new Yorkie puppy and this video has really helped me understand the crate training process!

  9. Silas Perkins says:

    Ok well if you can't leave a puppy in the crate for more than 3 hours then where the heck does he or she sleep???

  10. Dannyvinmiami says:

    Some of you might think that keeping your puppy in a small cage for a month, and only letting it out for potty is abuse. But believe me, it not, cause in the future you will save you carpet, your dog, your energy and you puppy will learn so much more quicker. It's worth a month or 2 to Cage train them. You dont wannt be cleaning up pee pee and poo poo every hour. trust me. I been through it, and tryed cage trainging also. I pick cage training any day.

  11. maria galvez says:

    @Howdini  Can you please do a video of bathing a puppy? That would be helpful! Thank you 🙂

  12. RebornOwen MiltonAndFriends says:

    But my dogs sleep in their crates and they sleep in there for longer than just three hours

  13. Ryan McCutcheon says:

    i put my 12 week old puppy in the crate ans she cried for a lil bit and then she fell asleep am i doing something wrong 

  14. NightinGlorii says:

    hi i have a 8 weeks old maltese/poodle it cries in the crate continusly to take him out and it also has the bathroom place so he can pee and poo in there but how can i stop him from crying i give him treats and i place the toy in the crate but he cries i dont take him out until he stops crying but he cries after i put him back in the crate plz help!

  15. Gracie Erbaugh says:

    I have has my puppy for 2 days (she's 2 months) and my mom always tells me that I have to put her in her kennel when I go to school, THATS 8 HOURS ALONE!!!!! I have to deal with her "crying" and it's really hard to listen to her, what do I do?

  16. Ginka3 says:

    I have school now, and my parents are at work, so how do I let my puppy urinate while we're gone?

  17. Clara Boime says:

    omg this helped so much you have no idea…  about 2 years ago i got a lab/pit/border collie puppy and my brother opened the front gate (letting him go lose) and that was the last time i saw him

  18. Clara Boime says:

    and im getting a lab pup!!!!! 

  19. Lisa W. Garcia says:

    It's totally uneasy whenever your puppy keeps jumping up on people.

  20. twinstar9 says:

    Wait, permanently remove bedding if she chews or pees on it? Puppy never gets bedding then her whole life?

  21. Kevin G says:

    I've got a 8 week old German Shepherd pup. Just started crate training yesterday. Will the crying ever stop? It's all day long. It's driving me insane.

  22. coolness Fun says:

    Thank you my dog ran away so i,m geting a new one

  23. giasmart7 says:

    ok so what do we do at night then if he's not at the point of doing it for half hour my pity cries fro 40 minutes he does stop and i am consistent going on a week…he is 9 weeks old,

  24. Falamatori says:

    lol my dogs just sleep on either the beds in the living room or my small dog sleeps on the bed

  25. Bob Bies says:

    Good video! I have some of puppies that I need to do this because of my work. This video is of truly help for us.

  26. Dwight Gropper says:

    We have a Labrador in the house and I think this will be a good start to train your pups to be obedient in crate.

  27. nooneisaslucky says:

    My dog, a 10 week old pitbull, doesn't care where he potties. He's been demoted to newspaper in his crate and it has been throughly washed, so it doesn't hold a scent. I take him out nearly every hour. I think he associates him peeing with being let out of the kennel, but I can't just leave him in there in his own urine. If this keeps up, I'm likely to be forced to give him away. He's a smart little guy, got "sit" down within an hour, but this isn't clicking for him. Help?

  28. Marilyn Vallejo says:

    +Kevin Gris Tour puppy is just getting used to the idea and needs patient.

  29. Deja Bartlett says:

    I know that this is kind of an older video but I have a question for anyone who can answer. I just got a dog, 10 weeks old, she's a Chihuahua and she's very small. I recently just bought her a crate with blankets and treats and toys in it for her to play with, however I'll be going back to school in about a month for around 7 to 8 hours a day how can I get her to use the peepee pads without having to lock her up in an area? she seems to of got it the first couple of days but now that I've had her for about two weeks she just doesn't understand the concept of not going anywhere besides the Pee pee pads

  30. TLDeck says:


  31. IronForged says:

    i dont have a puppy but im getting one its going to be so cute

  32. Juan says:

    I know this is an old video but I got my puppy yesterday and we put him to sleep in a crate since we didn't get a bed because we knew he was going to grow bigger we're gonna buy a bed soon but I was wondering in the mean time should we let him sleep in the crate? Or somewhere else?

  33. sean yu says:

    My puppy wants to play with me and just keeps whining in her crate

  34. Drew Anthony Carter says:

    I have two puppies. Both are 8 weeks. Is it ok to start training them?

  35. kareem dally says:

    thank u i am training my dog to get used to her dog house

  36. Kristy says:

    hi, can you please let me know what breed is this dog? I got a puppy that looks exact like this dog but the previous owner did not know the breed, she found the puppy's mom from the street.Thank you.

  37. Saled Boss says:

    I leave my 13 week old mini golden doodle puppy in his crate for more than 7 hours and he doesn't cry that 6 month thing is fake

  38. currently slaying says:

    I'm going to get a puppy soon so this is very helpful

  39. Strictly Vlogs says:

    I am thinking of getting a puppy but I go to school for 6 hours (8:00–2:45) I will take him/her out before and after school but she/he can't stay home for that long! Please help!

  40. Jack Lacy says:

    What does it mean when they pee on they're bed

  41. :O says:

    That is helpful, Thx

  42. Lauren Danley says:

    Are you supposed to put toys in their crate

  43. Joey.rramirez says:

    I take my puppy out of his crate every 3 hours and during the day he's out most of the time

  44. Joey.rramirez says:

    Is that good??

  45. Zachary Tyler says:

    I've been trying to train my puppy the right way, but my family members don't seem to have any patience when it is whining in the cage and no routine can be made. I hope I can train it properly before it gets too challenging.

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  47. Christine Pham says:

    Thanks for all these videos! They've been very helpful for me to understand how to approach puppy training 😀

  48. Alien says:

    When my puppy is potty trained should i let him sleep in my bed?

  49. Susie Wells says:

    Hey hey, The best results that I have ever had was with Billy barking problem (just google it) Without a doubt the most useful dog training course that I have ever tried.

  50. TheRamos says:

    Where should my puppy go at night? Should I leave him in the crate all night orrrrr…? 😕😕😕

  51. alaa elamawy says:

    hi everyone ,if anyone else trying to find out how is the best way to train a puppy try Renkarter Puppy Course Report (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin got cool results with it.

  52. Eli The weirdo says:

    You are very helpful for me. I am preparing to get a puppy

  53. Leisa Ballard says:

    my Puyallup isn't really a puppy, she is 3yrs old. when I got her it was way to old to potty train out side. I have tried moving potty pads a little bit at a time until out side ,but she waits until I side, what can I do?

  54. kayla robinson says:

    I'm getting a ouppy soon and once I start school I'm going to walk it and feed it in the morning then go to school at 8:45 and then come home for lunch at 11:35 and play with him and walk him then come home at 3:30 and walk him and play with him. Is this a good schedule?

  55. Casey Ann says:

    I just got a dog she's 6 months old and she hates being alone. I got her a crate hoping the small space would help her. I left her in there for 5 minutes and she peed (I took her out right before) and she didn't stop scratching at the door. I was scared she was going to start to bleed. Anyone having the same trouble or have any good advice?

  56. Joel Molina says:

    what should I name my new puppy? He's a boy 🙂

  57. Joel Molina says:

    what should I name my new puppy? He's a boy 🙂

  58. Joel Molina says:

    what should I name my new puppy? He's a boy 🙂

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  60. Joseph says:

    why would you put your dog in a crate indoors??????????????????????????? we don't do this in europe

  61. Melody says:

    What about sleeping at night?

  62. Dhylan Chohan says:

    What about wen they are sleeping at night? Where would they potty? And what else do we do to try keep him less bored??

  63. DibaDooBop ! says:

    Would be nice if you demonstrated how to create train them rather than talking

  64. Michael Walker says:

    hello Michael walker

  65. Pete Fay says:

    That was great. Thank you.

  66. YoUtUbE bElIeVeR says:


  67. NPS94 says:

    I like how she doesn't only tell you what to do but also why you do it

  68. Nrependra Dimree says:

    This is how we get to know how captivating an animal can be explained as if it is an act of Kindness.

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  71. scarlett says:

    Is this just for puppy or dog too?

  72. TheEdwardCC says:

    Totally not helpful video
    Way too much talking
    Dont waste your time watching it

  73. Ross Carlson says:

    THAT IS NOT A CRATE – IT IS A CAGE!!! There is a HUGE difference! I've been training dogs for 20+ years and the WORST thing you can put them in is a wire CAGE*. You need an airline style _CRATE_, one with SOLID walls so that it feels like a natural den. They want to feel enclosed – a wire *CAGE makes them feel trapped as they can see out in all directions so there's no feeling of comfort. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO YOUR DOGS – GET THEM AN ACTUAL CRATE AND NOT A CAGE!!!!

  74. Joshua Russell says:

    Very helpful

  75. Robert Ostman says:

    lol, I have owned dogs for more than 30 years and never needed to use a box that looks like a jail, my pets may not be trained for a contest but they are part of the family, they are not a thing that is to be put in a jail like thing… the lack of understanding of other animals feelings and needs is not cool… and can be a sign of a sociopathic tendencies…

  76. Mor Yang says:

    It really works ♡ thank you so much! At first my puppy didnt like it but i just sat there and comfort him and now he's fine!

  77. Copper Days says:

    Hello, I have a border collie puppy that loves to jump run and play 24/7 because he was bred to have a lot of energy. He hasn't gotten vaccinations, so he can't go outside at the moment, which forces me to crate train him. Unfortunately due to his excitement I can't train him. He's 2 months old and is the happiest pupper he can be, but I just can't continue cleaning up after him every 2 hours. I tried introducing a crate to him but he just hates the idea of it, mainly because there is a pretty pad in there, (he still can't go outside) what do I do??

  78. palma raja 4 says:

    wow so useful tips to crate train a puppy. To create crate training a puppy refer Knewreck Puppy Course Guide . If need to know more can go for google search

  79. Kio ÐÎÊKÎÑ says:

    I trained my puppy in his pen I haven’t even had him a week. He sleeps in there at night without whining. Daddy don’t play that. He’s 9 weeks tomorrow

  80. Herbert Moore says:

    If you need a great, quiet place to implement crate training routines, consider the basement. This area shouldn't have any distractions or noises because the slightest sounds can impact the training process. When a puppy learns how to use the crate, it will deserve a reward. This blog post has great information about rewards.

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  83. Carmen Dee says:

    I will be picking up my new pup next week. She’s 8 weeks old. The first night do I put her in a crate or no

  84. Melanie Labrada says:

    thank you so much for this video I very much did find this helpful!


    Since my dog was an outside dog she got pregnant and needed to stay inside so we got her a cage and only put her in the cage at night then in the morning we take her out leave her out all day then let her in in the night

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  87. Marion Grixti says:

    It was interesting

  88. Eddie Torres says:

    Puppy's 3 months he been inside his crate for about 3 hours we just got home n hes out his crate but doesn't stop crying. Why?

  89. ASMR Princess says:

    I don’t understand why put your dog in a cage 😶

  90. Telephone bit Guy says:

    crate training is killing me but ill have to be strong for my pupper

  91. scallen2112 says:

    But I don't want to get my puppy used to eating in his crate. He will have a food and water location, given on a schedule, but that's not it.

  92. ツAybizz says:

    instructions unclear my puppy is on my roof

  93. Charlotte Howe says:

    If you can't crate the puppy at night, where can the puppy sleep where she won't urinate or chew up the furniture?

  94. JELLO manjelly says:

    My puppy is in the garage and he poops in crate

  95. RhapsodicSky says:

    I need some guidance.
    We are trying to crate train our 9 month old rescue.
    But needed a crate straight away as he is destructive and chews anything he can get his teeth on.
    E.g we need him in the crate at night.

    The first night my parents locked him in straight away. And as expected he cried.

    He goes in willingly at the moment to retrieve treats and has laid down while I’m sat next to it.

    But at night we have to lock him in.
    He cried for about 30 minutes.
    But then calmed down.

    Is it okay to use it at night whilst also trying to encourage it as a nice happy place during the day?

    We can’t have him roaming free at night.

  96. Dara Younes says:

    I love dog 🐶 🐕 are adorable and loving

  97. Edwin Thomas says:

    If this info was applied to the typical family most should not get a puppy. Most people work or do not allow work at home for hours needed for proper training.

  98. MγsTIc DEMON says:

    I taught my dog how to go in the crate on command.

  99. Rohit Kalaikumar says:

    I feel so bad keeping my puppy in the crate but since I live in an apartment it looks like I don’t have a choice.

  100. Mark felix says:

    After he’s in the crate sit with your pup and pet him/her and get them comfortable In the kennel

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