How to Crate Train dogs and puppies for Calm Crate Behavior

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27 Comments on “How to Crate Train dogs and puppies for Calm Crate Behavior”

    1. +Patrick Biron Make sure you let me know how it goes 🙂 I’d love to hear an update

  1. Crate training is going well —  I am now able to crate my dog with little or no fuss.
    Thank you 🙂

  2. We have a 9-week old puppy that we’ve had for 6 days now. The crate is going good for us. I can’t wait to start using this calm method. I have a question about the middle of the night potty ~ obviously she whines to go out……do I make her wait calmly then also? Also, I need help to stop whining when we use the playpen in our family room. She does great when she goes in on her own, but it takes her some time to calm when I put her in and zip up the door. Thanks! I’m loving all your videos….. 🙂

    1. +gr8fulgirl7 Always they must wait calmly. Some dogs have a piddling habit when excited…and if that is encouraged by giving in to the excitement…then that piddling could really last. As far as the play pen, if it’s bad then just don’t put her there for now. Wait till she gets a little more impulse control through training after a few months. If it’s not that bad then just get her a bone or a kong with some of her kibble to distract her from initially being put in there. Otherwise you have to wait out the whining, which is why it’s usually a good idea to always have them in another room until they get some more control and security with a little age.

  3. Thank you! I have searched everywhere for a video like this. I have a 5 1/2 month lab/pit mix and he does ok for about 5 mins in the crate. But once I leave he barks and barks and barks. Even when I ignore him. Not sure how to break that.

    1. +Vanessa Kenney Thank you for watching! Few ideas…Once you leave, there are only a few things you can do, but first you have to make sure you aren’t giving him affection 15-20 minutes before you leave and none when you come home; making him work for everything so he doesn’t get anxious and entitled; and practice the door exercise even when you leave. So open it and if he tries to come out, etc. Then when he is settled, close it and leave. Do calming exercises in the crate, which is just crate, down, okay, crate down okay…20x before you leave for 10 minutes so he is so bored he is happy to just go in his crate and have you leave him alone. What you are talking about when you leave is separation anxiety, which is a whole ‘nother ball game. If you are doing ALL of the things I’ve mentioned and he still barks constantly when you leave, email me some more specifics and I’ll try to help 🙂 Some quick fixes are cover crate with something dark so he can’t see shadows and play music or talk radio at a speaking level to drown out outside noises he could focus on.

    1. +A31B I don’t know what that means, but it’s a puppy, it’s typical, just hang in there, continue the structure and the training. You can always get a pet corrector from amazon as well and help her understand to stop biting. As long as you pair that with training and not use it as a bandaid it will work fine. Puppies, like toddlers, are good at teaching patience.

  4. Of all the videos about puppy training that I have watched, these are by far the best. This is because they acknowledge that every dog is different and might respond differently to various training methods. Bethany always explains if X does not work then try Z. There is also a Q and A for the tougher questions. Most other vids had I have seen on other channels act as though there is only one solution that you must try and fail to acknowledge that like children, not all puppies respond in the same way or are motivated by the same things! Good job!

  5. Hi I have a 9week old chihuahua cross lancashire Heeler, she loves her crate, she takes her own food in there to eat and she takes her own toys in and she will just sit there and play, but when it comes to night she gets very upset and will not stop crying, any suggestions for us?

  6. Thank you so much for this video! First dog, first pet, new family member needing to learn family manners and class asap. People like yourself make this world better! Thx again!

  7. hi my dog pulls on her leash barks at me when i ask her to be quiet . she,s a year and 8 month old heeler mix and has a very high pitch bark

  8. Jason South
    Hey, love the videos. Out of curiosity, how do you get a dog to stop licking? We have 2 Cavachons that are around 4 years old and for several years they will lick everything. Some nights I will come to bed and my pillow is soaked or other days its the couch, the next day I will catch them “making out” with one of their toys. My wife has encouraged me to give them toys they can lick (kongs, ice…), but I’m worried that will just encourage the behavior. Any suggestions?

  9. If i were to block my dog she would cry and panic a bit. She is 10 weeks. Is whining a reflection of my training or it varies between dogs?

  10. Wow Bethany! Your crate training videos WORK! Brought our 9week old goldendoodle home 9 days ago and thanks to your training methods our puppy only whimpers for about 3 mins initially then she is quiet all night. Thank you so much!

  11. My puppy is soooo energetic that he don’teven stand on one place or listens to me😭😭😭😭😭

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