Crate Training – Why and How to do it

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CRATE LINERS & PADS

Maxx Dog Bed

This is just like the Kong mat/pad without Kong pricing.

Simmons Beautyrest Orthopedic Memory Foam

Actually pretty affordable for a Simmons!

4” Orthopedic Pad w/washable cover

This one is spendy but WOW I’d even sleep on this.

WATER BOTTLES

Lixit top fill bottles
(small dog)
(44 oz.)
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WORK-TO-EAT TOYS for TRAINING

Classic Kong

Kong Extreme

PetSafe Barnacle

PetSafe Squirrel Dude

OurPets Atomic Ball

StarMark Chewball

Westpaw Qwizl

OurPets Buster Cube (large)

OurPets Buster Cube (small)

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Power Tip #3: Crate Game One—Bait + Restrain

Power Tip #4: Crate Game Two—The Bait Locker

Kong Training Video:

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About this video: In this video Ian Stone from Simpawtico Dog Training discusses why Crate Training is an important consideration in your puppy or newly-adopted dog plans. We’ll show you how they’re used, what kinds are out there and when to use them, and offer up lot of tips to help you decide if, what, and how!

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44 Responses to “Crate Training – Why and How to do it”
  1. BrozanJal says:

    My dog tendsto den up wherever he can watch me. At my grnadma’s we have a blanket he knows is his and put it on a certain sofa and he knows that’s his spot. One day we walked over and the blanket was being washed the boy wasn’t sure what to do but he stayed off the sofa. Sometimes I’ll jsut lay down my coat and he’ll gravitate to that

  2. AngelDoee P says:

    My dog loves her crate and will den up under end tables when we go to other peoples houses for an afternoon without the crate.

  3. Debbie Senese says:

    We took your suggestions and decided to use a filled Kong. We would wait until OUR meal times, then we would toss a filled Kong into the crate, she would chase it, then we would close the door, eat, and when we are done, let her out and take her for her walk. We wanted her to get used to going to the bathroom after eating. She won’t eat 3 times a day, only twice, and won’t finish the amount suggested for her to consume, so we use the rest as training treats, and whatever is left, we just let go. We keep the door of her wire crate open all the time with her favorite bone, chew toy & ball in it. She will walk in, get her toy, walk out and play with it. Special toys such as “rope” and interactive toys are kept up out of sight and only come out during play time. Our mistake that we just realized is, when we were putting her in her crate for our meal time, we were allowing her to have her meal in there at the same time. She would eat her portion, then lay down and chew on her bone, no barking to get out. When we were done eating, we’d let her out. That system seems to really work well for her and us as we all know what to expect. Are we wrong in continuing this? We also found that she gets the “zoomies” when coming back from a long walk. So what we are beginning today is after her L O N G walk, walking her in the door and right to her crate for some quiet time. And then after a half hour, maybe 20 minutes, just walk over and open the door so she can stay in or come out. Hope we’re doing the right thing! Thanks for everything! LOVE these videos, they’ve helped so much.

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      Well, here’s the thing Debbie. You’ve detailed Schedule, Structure, and Supervision. If you’ve got these three things in place and the system is WORKING than you’re doing it right. There aren’t really “rules” so much as guidelines, and you’re doing things with forethought and purpose. During meal time, you’re using it at a specific time for a specific purpose. I guess in hindsight I should have clarified what I meant in the video…I just see people leave the house for the day and put a full bowl of food in the crate. You’re doing a timed, routine feeding (along with other good crate work), and for that period only in for the duration of the meal. I mean it’s a system and it sounds like it works. The ONLY thing I might suggest to you is in regards to the zoomies. Instead of increasing the length of the walk, perhaps try playing a short game with her after a regular walk. You’ll be doing some mental stimulation on top of physical, while you’re giving her an outlet for that burst of energy. Just a thought…not to say you’re doing it wrong. Hope that helps and thanks for sharing!

    • Debbie Senese says:

      Thanks, Ian. That really helps a lot. We are home all day, she is with us constantly, even takes up most of our king size bed. lol But there are times when the dr comes to the house to examine me, she gets very protective of me, will sit on me, and not let her near me, but otherwise likes her. For that, we also have a kong in her cage until the dr. leaves. We were afraid we screwed her up already, but glad to know we haven’t…yet…and hope not to. You’re doing a great job at helping all of us who truly love our pets, make them part of the family while still realizing they are like children that need to be taught boundaries and behavior.

  4. Terry T says:

    Great explanation of crate use and very thorough. I always look forward to your videos. Also, you get my vote for the best-dressed trainer on YouTube ;D

  5. Michael McKinley says:

    I open the door all the way and clip it to a carabiner I keep on the corner of the crate. Leave it on the top corner and hook the door open or closed whenever. Keeps the door securely open.

  6. Rebecca Jesse says:

    Apparently my dog is too well crate trained and will run in there as soon as he sees a brush! Can you do a video on grooming and bathing?

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      LOL great on the crate training, but “whoops” on the grooming tools. I hadn’t thought about it, but I might do a video on that. There’s a handout on my website, but now that you mention it I think it might make a good video.

  7. angelwithpie says:

    I’m getting a sheltie puppy in two days so it’s time to binge watch all the videos again 😂

  8. Jacek Czuba says:

    Very good material, especially the part explaining why the crate is not cruelty.
    We have an almost year old puppy, mixed breed. He always stayed alone in our living room, just with a gate, limiting his “den” to this room, quite big one.
    But we lately saw that he likes sometimes to hide under our bed or under by chair as I work at the computer. It’s combined with some noise phobia. We immediately decided to buy a crate and train him so that he had his sweet, comfy and safe place. It’s here only 2 days long but he already is able to walk freely into the crate and lay for a few minutes.
    All in all, I think that I could remove the door as it’s intended to be his safe place only, not to close him in there. Huge plus that cat loves the crate too and sleeps on it, plays with the dog on it, so it is becoming more and more accepted place. We need to make some kind of cover over it too.

    Again, thanks for the really good video 🙂

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! And yes, you totally could take the door off. Perfect use the way you described everything!

    • Jacek Czuba says:

      Update after a month: the crate is accepted totally. We decided not to remove the door. They just stay taped to the sides and to the wall. Maybe one day we would need to lock him there for a few minutes (like when when our cat accidentally threw off a glass and it broke into pieces, at least we knew that he did not step on the glass and his paws were safe). Sometimes we send him to his place to calm down and he knows alreadt that this is the place to cool off and get his emotions in control. Sometimes he sleeps there, when he needs peace but of course the couch is the favourite spot 🙂 On the other hand, it’s the favourite place to sleep for our cat, on the crate. He even got a pillow.
      The best part was when during a strom, he heard a thunder (we now fight against a severe loud sounds anxiety) and just walked into his crate and laid down. Then after a few thunders, he walked out and laid down next to us, with no signs of fear. I do not need to tell that this was a huge relief for us… and an ecouragement to work more. It’s hard to take the crate for walks, though 🙂
      Thanks, man. Your video assured us that the crate was a good choice and we worked on accepting it even harder.

  9. Angela Ognev says:

    Thank you very much – your videos are so clear, engaging, and full of both theory and practice! I volunteer with my local shelter to foster stressed out dogs. I would love to know more about how to work with dogs to focus on me when they are excited (dog-on-dog reactivity, excitement about children, in an energised play-bitey mood, etc).

  10. The Dawghouse says:

    love this channel, really good at what you do! the safety of a crate keeps my anxiety down!

  11. Jaclyn Mamer says:

    Thank you for this! I love your videos.

  12. Jesse Jodoin says:

    I absolutely love your videos! Your way of explaining dog training concepts is very easy to understand and the production quality of your videos is a cut above the rest. I would be interested in a video regarding how to introduce a puppy/new dog to existing pets including cats and small rodents. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  13. 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

    • PLAYERKILL says:

      Should i get a plastic crate or wire crate for my Pomerian hes 18 months old and never been in a crate. Very energetic too

  14. Raíssa Garcia says:

    Ian, great video! Would you recommend two puppies sleeping overnight in the same crate? Thanks

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      I wouldn’t, actually. Once they leave the litter they should ideally develop more and more independence. It’s easy in these cases for them to hyper-socialize with each other which will hinder your socialization work as they get older. Plus, as they get bigger, sleeping in the same crate will be more and more impractical in most cases, so don’t try to change things later, just do it now when it’s super easy. Hope that helps!

  15. K Roberts says:

    My 11 week old puppy goes in her crate by herself all the time. I think she thinks of it like het bedroom.

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      Perfect!

    • Davonte Henderson says:

      21 Savage

    • Mr. Doge says:

      Simpawtico Dog Training good video. Please advise on the issue. I have 8 month old Yorkie whom I got since he was 8 weeks old. I failed to crate train him when he was a baby and it appears to me that he uses his cushion bed as his den. However, recently he started to do occasional minor acts of mischief such as scratching the baseboards when left alone. I would like to correct his behavior or crate train him so when I have to leave the house I won’t worry about my property being destroyed. Is it too late for crate training? The dog hates the crate and cries, scratches and tries to bite it. I tried the treats and ignoring his behavior. He will go in and when I close the doors drama begins. I try to ignore his cries and scratching and simply be around doing my things. I disappear for few minutes and don’t show up when he cries. I wait couple of minutes for him to stop and showup when he is quiet for few minutes. I praise him everytime i pass the crate. I didn’t use the crate as punishment but also i don’t want to reinforce the behavior of “i cry and scratch he will eventually come here and let me go.” Please advise on the issue. Thank you.

  16. Edwam Alcocer says:

    good job!! Nice channel and the videos are amazing!

  17. Danny Ducky says:

    The editing is amazing!

  18. Lynne Stokes says:

    I LOVE the earplugs!

  19. Valerie Pagendarm says:

    When using a crate to aid potty training do I need to return the dog to the crate if they don’t potty?

    • Simpawtico Dog Training says:

      Not necessarily. Only if you cannot supervise them in the 10 minute interim. Otherwise, just keep them on-leash with you. It’s 3 minutes out, 10 minutes in, 3 minutes out again.

  20. Need2Retire says:

    Hi, just discovered you today and subscribed immediately. Great instructions! I was trying to find your video on potty train (housebreaking) a puppy but don’t see it. You have any videos on potty training?

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