Crate Training A Puppy (So They LOVE Their Crate) – Professional Dog Training Tips

– A lot of people struggle
with crate training their dog, so today I’m gonna teach you
five tips that can help you successfully sail through crate training, and teach your puppy to love their crate. I’m Kayl McCann and
today I’m gonna be using here, hop up, hop up, yay, my
seven month old border collie puppy Beeline and welcome
back to McCann dogs. (guitar strumming) (puppy barking) Thanks for joining us McCann dogs, where every single Thursday we
post brand new videos to help enrich your dogs life and
to help your dog become a better four legged family member. Now, we’re gonna talk
first about crate training and the first thing I
wanted to explain to you is there’s basically two
different types of crates that are great for puppies. One would be a wire crate and
the second would be a plastic, enclosed crate. There are other types of
crates out there like soft sided crates or crates that
are easier to move around, but when you’re dealing
with a baby puppy those aren’t exactly safe choices
to start off with your puppy. So one of the things I like
to do to begin training, okay, training my puppies to like
the crate is start by doing little fun games to get her
to happily get her to go in and out of the crate without any stress. So I don’t put her in and
lock her in there right away. I might just do some fun
things to get her willingly to go in and then I let her
come right back out again. So, I have a couple of treats here and I’m just gonna throw them
into the back of the crate, so that she can hear
them hit off the crate. Okay, yay good girl. Just let her go in and get the treats. Okay. And then I let her come out. We’ll try that again. Okay. Good girl, yes okay. That a good girl, very nice. Now once you’ve repeated that a few times, the next thing I like to do is play a little offering game. So I have, oh yes. Good girl. Just like that. I have the treats ready, I
wait til she offers to go in and then I reward her. Good girl. So all of the food, yes get
it, is always being delivered while she’s inside the crate. So that’s like her favorite part. Okay Bee. Yes, good girl. And I can either feed by hand, or I can toss some cookies
into the back of the crate so she can get them out. Good girl, okay one more time. Yes, you”re so smart missy. She’s already waiting in the
back of the crate for them. Good girl, very nice. Fun little game to play with
your dog that teaches them that the crate is very very fun. Good girl. When you’re choosing a crate
for your puppy try to make sure that it’s properly sized. Now, if you have a bigger breed
that’s going to be growing over a long period of time,
if you have friends that you can borrow their crates
that would be helpful, or you can buy bigger
crates and buy barricades that can sort of grow with
your dog as they get bigger. Now the ideal size for a
crate for a dog or a puppy is for it to be big enough
that they can lie down, stretch their legs out and turn
around easily in the crate. If it’s any bigger than
that, a lot of puppies tend to use one end as their play or sleep area and then often use the other
end as their potty area and that can sort of
open a world of issues. So keeping the crate small
enough that they want to keep it nice and clean as their den, will help prevent any bathroom issues that your puppy may be having. Now, one of the tricks that
you can do to help your dog to not go to the bathroom
in the crate is to make sure that you don’t have any
absorbent type of material in their crate. Whether it be towels or blankets
or even stuffed animals. I have known many puppies
to go to the bathroom on their bedding or their stuffy
and push it off to the side so the rest of their area
to sleep in is quite clean. Dogs are fairly clean animals, they don’t necessarily like
to lie in their own mess. So, its nice for them to be
able to push it off to the side. So, if you don’t leave
anything in their crate that they can pee on. They typically will try to
hold their bladder a little bit longer and hopefully if
you’re lucky they’ll be able to make a noise or make
a sound to let you know they have to go outside and then of course you can let them out from there. Now puppies have little
tine bladders, which means they cannot necessarily hold their bladder for a really long time. So it’s in your best
interest to take your puppy to the bathroom often so
they don’t end up going to the washroom in their crate. Now normally for the
first couple of nights, I find that I do have to
get up once or maybe twice throughout the night to let
them go to the washroom, but usually by night three
or four they’re able to sleep throughout the night and then
I’ll end up having to get up a bit early in the
morning to let them out. But usually at that point
they can go anywhere from six to seven hours without
having to be let out. But that’s something that
you have to do gradually and every dog is different. I have a little toy poodle,
she took a little longer to be able to do that because
her bladder is so tiny. Beeline, my latest puppy she
was able to sleep through the night I believe, by the second or third night without issues. But again she’s a little bit bigger breed, easier for her to hold her bladder. Another thing that may
help your puppy to not go to the bathroom in their
crate is reducing the amount of water that they have at
a certain time of night. So for example maybe after eight o’clock, no more water in their crate. Now I’ve had other issues
with water in the crate. I own dogs that all tend to love swimming in their water dish. So whenever I do put water in their crate, I’m very careful to secure
the bowl to the crate very very well, so they
can’t pop the bowl off and splash water everywhere. And if I can’t secure it, then
I’ll let them have a drink and then I’ll take the
bowl out of the crate. Rather than leaving it in there with them. And that usually helps provide a much cleaner area for the puppy. It’s also a really good idea
to keep the crate close by you. So when I have a new puppy home, I generally have more than
one crate for that puppy. I usually put one crate in
the family area of my home, a place that we can see
the puppy at all times. Make sure the puppies with us. And then I have a second
crate that I usually put in my bedroom and that’s where
the puppy will sleep at night. That way if they stir or make any noise, I can decide at that
time whether they have to go to the washroom
and that I need to get up and let them out, or if its been few days and
I think dog is able to hold their bladder. I can address the noise in
the crate and start teaching the puppy to be able to sleep
quietly through the night and not have to go out until the morning. The other thing that I do with
my dogs for quite some time even til they’re several
months old, even older, is I give them all of
their meals in their crate. So breakfast and dinner inside
their crate and what starts to happen, is when they
hear the kibble hit the bowl and I say do you want your
breakfast, are you hungry? Okay. She just jumps right in
that crate because she knows dinner’s gonna be served or
breakfast is gonna be served in the crate. And then I can put the bowl
inside the crate with her and then I can shut the
crate door, that gets her used to eating and being
rewarded while she’s in the crate with the door shut. And then we can go from there
and it’s a great way to get the dog to offer to go in that
crate really easily without any battles whatsoever. I found crate training to
be extremely beneficial in the way that I’ve been
able to raise my dogs. Its reduced the amount of
mistakes that my dogs have had in the house, as far
as house training goes. Its prevented them from
chewing things in my house. Its also helped me with
any behavioral issues that I may have had. It just allows me to make
sure that when I’m not able to supervise and give my
dog great information that, I know there are ways
somewhere safe that they can’t get into mischief
and that they can just be calm and relaxed. But on top of that, I try to
make sure that I make the crate a really, really great place for my dogs. Now we have quite a few dogs
and many of them are old enough and trained enough now that
they don’t need their crates, but I think they would
be very sad if we took their crate away. Often if we can’t find, even
our oldest dog, we found she snuck away and she’s
sleeping in a crate somewhere in a dog bed, upside
down completely in love. So, if you teach the dog that
the crate is a great place, not only does it help you,
but it also gives the dog a place that they can go and
hang out and be happy as well. Now if you liked today’s video, make sure you give us a thumbs up. Please subscribe to our
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this, puppy training, all kinds of fabulous information. And if you found that crate
training has helped you and your dog with anything
related to house training or chewing or behavioral
issues, we would love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you have any questions
about crate training make sure you comment below in that as well. For now this is Beeline, I’m Kayl. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Crate Training A Puppy (So They LOVE Their Crate) – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • I got my puppy over two weeks ago and i havent done any of this except giving him treats when he's in this crate. He is usually very restless in the crate and doesnt like it at all. Can i still start doing this training now or is it too late?

  • how long can a puppy be left in a crate? Our new puppy is 12 weeks (we got her 3 days ago) and she poops everywhere whenever we leave. We are trying to help her love her crate but are having a hard time leaving her for any length of time.Advice?

  • If I put my puppy in its crate with a divider so the space is smaller, is it more likely to hold its pee overnight if there's no bed&blankets, or is it more likely to hold it even if it's laying on a bed because there's no space to move to the side if it does pee?

  • Crate training can be stressful if your puppy is struggling with the process, this video should help you be successful very quickly! If you've got a young puppy that you're training right now, here is a video that shows you the first 6 skills that you need to teach to your young puppy! Training! ~Ken

  • Hi there! First of all thank you for all the videos. I watched most of them before getting my Sheltie puppy.
    I just had a quick question, my puppy likes his crate. He goes in voluntarily, takes treats and playes in it, BUT als soon as I close the door or he notices that I closed it while he was playing/eating, he whines and tries to get out. He quiets down after about 2 minutes now. But how can I make him feel comfortable to stay in there with the door closed? He is 10 weeks old. And is it harmful to just sit it out? Thank you so much for helping if you have the time 😊

  • Hehehe she called it washroom…no offense ,just hit me funny. Great info! Have used it for years. The crate is also an awsome tool in emergancies. Easier to gather up those wonderful family members!!

  • Can you touch on being in the crate for quiet time when we are home and they bark and claw the crate because they want to be out with us. We have a 5 month Boston and he is very clingy and is taking over every minute of our lives. Thanks love your videos

  • Hi Kayl, I recently brought home my 8 week pup oct 20th and I just started to crate train my pup. My husband wanted our pup sleep with us in our bed for 4 days 😞. He sleeps in his crate during the day when I place him in there with his fav toy and does ok but only if I sit there with him and he has already dosed off for a bit then I can walk away. He’s a Doxie and I heard they are harder to train and can be stubborn.. did I mess up? Any suggestions please?

  • Can you do a crate video for dogs that bark for long periods of time I can’t get my dog to stop barking when I put him in a crate when I leave for work

  • I have two new Yorkie pups, sisters, that are 3 months old. They love each other so much and sleep together. I am having severe issues with them as far as housebreaking goes. I am feeding them their last meal of the day at 5:00 and take the water away at 8:00. We go to bed around 11:00. Should I get them up in the middle of the night to take them outside? The weather has been just awful. Rain, half rain and sleet, and they just sit and shiver even though they have coats to wear outside. I have them both in the same crate, which is 36 inches. Half pee pad, (which I absolutely hate!) and half bed. Every morning I wake up to poop EVERYWHERE and they even drag it into their bed. They are actually eating it! GROSS!! I have only had them for 3 weeks, and I am at the end of my rope. Any advice you can give me? Please don't tell me I have to separate them at night. Having them both to keep each other company has been my only saving grace! LOL

  • If you are keeping the dog in the crate while you are watching him, why are you not letting the puppy play around in the living room? It’s sort of unhealthy to just keep him sitting in a crate instead of playing and getting exercise.
    Yes, he will have some more accidents on the floor but he is only a puppy. And if you train him to let you know when he needs to go he won’t have accidents on the floor.
    This isn’t hate, this is just a question.

  • I have a small Maltese puppy. I try to give her peanut butter on a chew toy along with her other toys to make sure she is happy. Also I will make sure she has gone to the bathroom before putting her in it.
    Here is my problem:
    She will not stop barking or crying.
    However at night she does well at night.
    Any advice would be great… thank you

  • Thank you for the tips. Nice video. I have two dogs and I am hoping you might have some advice. One is a French Bulldog boy who will be 4-years-old in a a couple of months. I adopted him when he was 2 and a half and had him neutered a few months later. He was crate trained, and I used it for a while, then at our second apartment he did well if I kept my bedroom and bathroom closed off, but now at out new home he started marking more. I did get a dog and kitten (and have two other cats) since we moved in, but do you feel I should go back to more strict crate use? I have his crate out and use it at night, and I have also gotten him washable doggie diapers. Is this helping to teach him to pee outside and not mark in the house, or am I going about it the wrong way? I also have a sweet Lab mix who has been through trauma. She turned 2-years-old a few months ago and can chew on the rug at times. I got her a crate, but she is very scared of it. I can be patient if it will help her, but I also don't want to cause her more trauma. It took a couple of days but she now will eat in the crate, but won't really go in for treats. I'm trying to make it a positive space but she was scared of it even in the store. When I use treats she comes closer to the crate than when I first introduced it but she won't go in yet. I just wonder if she really needs it and don't want to scare her. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks again!

  • Thank you for this video – it is very helpful. But what about a puppy that CONSTANTLY cries the minute you leave him in the crate? I'm not talking whining. I'm talking full on howling and barking and crying. I've tried a puppy play pen, the crate, but all he does is howl the moment I am out of sight. It is so stressful for myself – and my 11-year-old pup- not to mention the puppy! I'm at my wits end.

  • I am hoping to get a Golden Retriever puppy (8-9 weeks) in June/July and I am trying to learn as much as I can before then. Question about the crate …. the Golden will grow fairly quickly. Should I purchase one that will handle a full sized Golden or buy smaller and increase in size which would be very expensive. 🙁 I want her to feel safe and comfortable and love her crate. Suggestions/recommendations??? I appreciate any help.

  • My frenchbulldog is crate train for the night but is it to late to crate her during the day she is almost 6 months thanks

  • I'm doing research in preparation of bringing home two Havanese puppies. I've seen videos and websites about setting up a pen inside the house (that include a crate and toys). I'm seeing that pens can provide them with their own special area to play and sleep if the humans need to be outside the room or even at work. What are your thoughts about using pens for puppies (I'd gladly watch a video too)?

  • Hi! Greetings form Chile, South America. I’ve bern learning a lot eith ur videos and i’ve seen in 2-3 of them that you use the crate inside the house.
    I have a question about that. Please excuse me for the ignorance but what is the purpose of using the crate?
    I have a 2,5 month border collie and I just use the crate to transport “Pionero” (dogs name) in my car but at night he is sleeping in my bed with me or in the floor of the bedroom.

  • Hello my puppy (8 weeks old) usually has no problem going in and out if i put food in there. But once i shut the door, he whines. Sometimes he will stop after a couple of minutes, sometimes he will go on and off, and other times he won't stop. It's either of those three. Even through out the day and this is after potty time. I feed him in his crate, give him treats in his crate but it's not getting better. Maybe only worse. Currently just played with him and he was tired but as soon as i put him in his crate, he's whining and crying.

  • I have a couple of recently rescued street dogs, one eight years and one three. Each have been sleeping in a plastic dog house outside on the porch, but around one or two in The morning, when other street dogs walk by or a person, they start barking loud and wake me up. Would you suggest having them sleep inside Or outside in a crate? Or are there other ways to stop them barking? I need my sleep and do not want to disturb neighbors. Thank you!

  • My puppy is 10 weeks old, I've had her for 2 weeks. All of a sudden, she started urinating her in crate in the middle of the night. I always wake up at 1:15am to take her for a bathroom break, she does poop on the training pad. I stop feeding her water at 5pm and her last bathroom break is around 9pm. I'm not sure what to do. I was considering training her with dog litter rather than training pads because I live in an apartment. It's difficult potty training her outside. Any suggestions?

  • Thanks for this video. I have a crate that my 7 month old beaglier will willingly enter and stay in however, for the last two weeks she has been banging on the crate at around 2am wanting to come onto our bed. She gets very distressed and barks to be let out. We have tried to "wait it out" however, we live in an apartment block and she barked non stop for 45 minutes one night. We finally opened the crate door and she only settled when she was allowed on our bed to sleep.
    How can we train her to sleep all night in her crate ?
    We have a baby on the way and do not want the puppy in the bed.

  • Hi so I have a 12 week Basenji whi doesnt mind going in his crate when it's open. He sits for about 5 seconds before he gets stressed and starts to whine and go crazy trying to bite the crate door.. how do I get him to love the crate when the door is closed

  • Crate Training can feel like a stressful process when things aren't going as well as you had expected! Here is a link to our crate training series playlist, to help you troubleshoot your crate training challenges!
    Happy Training! ~Ken

  • Hi! I have another question. Crate training has been going well for my 11 week puppy, but I have a question on training my puppy to eliminate both indoors and outdoors. I have her indoors only because she’s not fully vaccinated. I set up a dog litter box with dog litter pellets and she’s doing well urinating and defecating with this method; however, when I start training her to go outdoors, should I take her to the gravel outside so it feels similar as the pellets to her? Will she get confused if I teach her to go potty both indoors and outdoors? Should I stick to the litter box in the morning and noon, then take her outside to eliminate? Thank you!

  • So I can’t put a cushy bed in the crate at night for sleeping? I can’t imagine him sleeping at night in there on just the plastic.. I get our pup in 2 weeks

  • THANKS SO MUCH for these Puppy Training Tips! The removal of absorbent material, explanation of your crate training methods, and dog psychology benefits are highly valuable information pieces!

  • Hi! Any tips for daytime crate training? My puppy does great at bed and overnight, but if I need to shower or do a quick 20-30 min task and put him in during the day he hates it!

  • I am training my 9 week old golden retriever to kennel train while I am at work. Your video was extremely helpful and informative! Thank you!
    I do have a follow up question; he is willingly going into the crate now because he understand that food is his reward for doing so. But how do I manage him to stop whining and barking once the crate is locked and he has no more food?

  • Thanks for all the great advice. We have a 12 week old lab we are struggling with with to potty train. We are away for 8-9 hours a day and have used crates to date with frequent messes when we arrive home from work. We decided to put a hybrid in and out kennel in our garage with a puppy door. This way Oakley can move in and out free-will during our long work days then crate in home at night. We truly prefer him to be an in home dog. We are concerned we are creating confusion with the two scenarios. What advise do you have?

  • Hi, I just stumbled on your videos. They are very educational.

    I got a new 4-month Lhasa and we live in an apartment (4 people sharing) and no access to the lawn or the rooftop. We have a wire crate that has a catch bin underneath and my husband and I want to train our puppy to use the crate as his potty area since he is on the loose all the time inside our room whenever we come home from work. Do you think it's a good idea? If yes, can you suggest how we can train him? Thanks in advance.

  • but the metal floor on a wire crate is so cold and hard. No way a puppy will want to sleep in there without blankets

  • Hello, I am an adult who lives on the third floor of a garden apartment complex, works 40 hour weeks, and can work from home twice a week. I really really want a Corgi puppy, and I am willing to take my puppy out at night, and when I am home, but I do have to be away during the day from 7 am to 4 pm 3 days a week. I sometimes hear that a puppy might have to go out every hour during the day, and I cannot support that. Is there anyway I could do this? Thank You!

  • Hello! My husband and I have watched so many of your videos and it has helped us so much with our new pup! Thank you! We have a quick question though. We got our border collie pup between jobs so that she spends minimal time in her crate and more time playing and training with us. She loves her crate and has no problem inside it for long periods of time, however, when we start our jobs and she'll be required to be in her crate for 8 hours a day a couple days a week without being let out. We don't feel right about it. We're considering getting a play pen for her that attaches to her crate so she can at least pee on a pad and play. She is four months old now. She is potty trained with occasional accidents. We just want to do what is right by our pup but not teach her too much independent behavior. HELP PLEASE! Thank you again!! We love you guys!

  • I sure appreciate you! I am getting a hound/lab puppy when he will only be 7 weeks. Is that too early to crate and potty train?

  • If I can’t put any absorbing materials in the crate, what will my puppy sleep on? I want her to be comfortable.

  • I haven't slept in two days.  Your videos are saving my sanity.  Thank you so very much, this is a huge help for a "surprise…I got you a puppy", person. lol

  • The treat training for crate is great… but I didn’t see what happened AFTER you closed the pup in the crate. Did pup whine or cry or bark … for more treats?
    That omission was an omission that gave the demonstration a much more incomplete result rather than had you shown how the pup acted after you closed the crate. We need to see the results of the treat training. It’s possible that the pup barked or scratched inside his crate until he was given more treats.
    How long can the treat process go on before it becomes a vicious circle?

  • Hi, I'm in wheelchair.. and I have a lil 2 month puppy shi tzu.. like 2 days ago… so, I start to trading her… I put the spray on her pad spa… it a little hard.. buut.. I'm a consistent person… so, she is starting a lil bit understanding where is her pad… she pee in another side.. but I know is a process… I'm not giving up…
    I start teaching her how sit, lay down.. and she doing goooooodddd.. I'm proud of my self…

  • Amazing video, is it okay to have a bigger crate for my small puppy? I do want to give him a potty pad inside where he could go to the bathroom if needed. Thank you

  • Great video but what’s the next step? Once I leave my puppy in the crate and he’s finished eating, he starts crying. I’m afraid that if I ignore him or tell him to stop, I’m undoing all the good vibes he has about going in his crate. How do I build up time for him in the crate with the door closed?

  • Good afternoon I am new to your channel and I'm trying to figure out how to acclimate a couple of Westie older dogs to a home were already one very well behaved Westie lives. They came to me this past weekend as their previous owner passed away and her daughter could not keep the dogs therefore they have been in 3 homes in 3 weeks. There simply adorable and very loving 1 boy and 1 girl they have never been in a crate I do work away from home 3 days a week and was hoping you could provide some type of instruction. They seem to be housebroken but I'm finding a little accident here and there.

  • What should I do when the puppy knows I will lock the door when she get in? And then she won’t get in again?

  • We recently adopted a nine month old English pointer from a no kill shelter. He's now 10 months. We are avid outdoor people who exercise our other pointers (Drahtharr) several times a day and hunt them during the seasons, so a bored dog or under exercised dog is not the issue. Jet, our new dog gets a huge run every morning and in the afternoon as well as several short walks for a potty visit. We're not exactly sure how this pup was previously trained (or not trained) and we are working on trust issues as well as some aggression. We've tried making the crate a fun place to visit, but he HATES it! Fights, snarls and bites! So we've backed off for the time being. We figured he needed some time to learn our daily patterns and to adapt to our home and yard and especially the two older dogs. Perhaps the crate was used as punishment before??? We like our dogs to be in their crates when we sleep at night, travel, and sometimes they just need to settle. The girls love their crates and we have no issues when we say "kennel up". Jet is about 98% housebroken, and we're trying to learn his cues, and getting him outside more frequently so he doesn't go in the house. We are also limiting water intake a few hours before bedtime and his last outdoor visit. We've always trained from 8 weeks old pups, so this is a challenge for us. Mostly, he is sweet and lovable, but he does have his moments. When he gets too aggressive, I grab a leash and make a "noose" if you will with the loop handle, to quickly gain control and to distract him from his "mood" until he settles. Do you have any videos that address the issues I've highlighted here? Once we get these issues and obedience handled, then the fun begins to get him on some birds and begin his lifetime of hunting adventures.

  • This method saved my life. I got a chocolate lab puppy 5 days ago. Every time I put her in the crate, she whined and barked non stop. Today, i took a chance when she was tired, and played this small game with her in the crate. She started to sit down IN THE CRATE and wait for a treat. I just put her to bed and she hasn’t made a sound. Thankyou so much!
    You just got a new subscriber

  • Excellent video! Quick question on blankets or padding, so you’d recommend not putting anything on the bottom of the crate for a while correct? How long would you say? And do you take the food/water bowls out of the crate right after they are done eating or drinking? Or it looked like you leave the water bowl in there? Thanks in advance!

  • I have a 4 month old yorkie. I haven't had her long but training has become a huge issue. She has never had an accident in her crate, but she does get me up 2-4 times a night. I have a yard but we are built up to 17 feet in the air due to Sandy so taking her out in the yard is not an option. So what I did was purchase fake grass, cut it in half and placed the pieces on seperate sides of the front deck which is right outside my front door and is roofed. It's easier and faster to get to in order to avoid an accident. Sooo, how do I get her to hold it and not get up so many times during the night. As for me, I am not sleeping at night and I am a working mother. Any advice?

  • Our puppy is due in a couple of weeks. Loving all the videos. Very helpful and make us feel as prepared as we can be! I have a wire crate as used in some of your videos. I noticed that you attached a leash to the dog's collar in one video i.e. it was wearing a collar in the wire crate. Most of the advice I've seen online is never to leave the collar on while it is inside a wire crate due to the risk of strangulation. Is this something you have an opinion on? Taking the collar off each time seems like extra work but of course we'd do this if it's seen as best practice. Many thanks for any feedback you may have.

  • Love all of your videos–my partner and I are first time dog owners and they've made all the difference so far! I was watching the "Puppy Training Schedule Week By Week" Train Station replay, and y'all mentioned that you put the puppy crate on your nightstand in your bedroom–how long do you do that for? We've had our 8 week old Australian Shepherd for three nights now and that tip has really helped keep him settled in the crate at night, but we're wondering when we should relocate it to somewhere else in our room for sleeping time.

    Thanks! Keep up the amazing work and hello from Portland, OR!

  • What chew toys do you recommend? Our bernese mountain dog puppy is having issues being in his crate and we think it may be boredom. Once he's asleep he's fine, it's getting to that point that's hard and we don't want to give him a bunch of treats before bed!

  • For how long do you take ur puppy to ur bedroom at night. Is it a good thing to get them used to being in ur bedroom at night or should i leave my puppy downstairs from the beginning. I pick up an 8 week old cockapoo next week and ive never had a dog before so need all the help i can get lol. Thnx, Craig.

  • I have a maltipoo. I can get him to get in the crate and take a treat but he immediately jumps back out and runs to the other side of the room. I put his toys, blanket, food, anything I can think of, if it's in that crate he wants nothing to do with it unless I am actively calling him over and bribing him to get in for a treat. Heeeeelp lol

  • My puppy can go the whole night without having to go potty, so I feel guilty to make him sleep in the crate when I know I will also be gone 8 hrs a day for work. Can I only use it while I am at work to prevent accidents?

  • Hello I just A puppy that when I do feed him in the crate he does not want to go he whimper like crazy and even at night when I put him in the crate he does not do it then at tried food bones he still does not go even toys he wants to sleep on my bed I only got him 5 days ago can you tell me how I can fix that

  • Do you guys have any advice or videos on separation anxiety I followed these steps and my puppy does great in his crate over night or when I’m in eye shot of him but as soon as I leave he will bark until I get back which when I’m at work is a long time. Since he does so well in his crate at other times I know it’s not that he’s afraid of his crate but afraid of me leaving… any advice?

  • How about if you throw the treats to the back where she can hear them, but she doesn't follow them in and just looks at my hands?

  • Why must dogs go to a crate at all? This is a relatively new fashion. I have had dogs all my life, and I know a lot of people who do also and none of us have ever locked up a dog in a crate. We don't even have one at home!! When we have to leave the house the dogs stay free inside the house! Simple! So why this obsession with locking dogs up in cages?

  • I’m excited to try this. We just brought home two 8 week old lab/retriever mixed pups. Feeding them their meals inside the crate will hopefully help them feel more comfortable in their crate.

  • I have a 10 month old BC and a 4 month Aussie puppy. Since getting the baby pup, training the older pup has totally derailed. Both dogs have started ignoring me and finding each other more fun and interesting. Also even if I give them identical toys or chewy's they fight to get the one the other has. If I try to reward one dog the other attempts to steal it. I'm at my wits end! Several people have advised that I keep the pups separated throughout the day and for training.When I leave one puppy in their crate and try to work with the other the crated dog barks wildly distracting the one I am trying to work with! I think separating them is a good idea however I am not sure how to accomplish it. Is it too late to transition into now? If not Do you keep them in separate crates next to one another and take out one at a time… hopefully the barking stops? Or do you have them totally separated where they never see each other, like one in basement and other upstairs? Can you offer any suggestions? Thank You, Georgetta


  • I’m getting my first puppy in a few weeks and your videos are a godsend, thank you! I can’t wait to put it all into practice!
    One question that I did have regarding crate training was the water situation.
    When does/doesn’t the dog need access to water in the crate? Obviously if he’s in the crate, I don’t want him to be thirsty overnight or if we’ve popped out for a few hours. But I also don’t want him to have any accidents…
    I don’t want to negativity impact his training or wellbeing! The lady in the video said that sometimes she takes the water away from the pup so he doesn’t splash/have accidents but when is it ok to do this and how long for?

  • Hi I just got a 9 week old Labrador I have him in a room n my kitchen with a safety gate on he has no trouble going in and out for food but at night time he barks for a while then goes quite would u suggest to still get a crate I don’t no what’s best

  • Hi there! I really love your videos! Does this apply to a 4 1/2 month old puppy we got from the pet store. So he basically retaliates and goes in his crate when we put him in. When we take him out to potty he sometimes does not want to go and wants to rush back home. 🙁 Do you have any tips? We are kind of desperate here :(((

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