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A crate = a safe place

Crate training has become some kind of buzz word.

“Oh, are you crate training your new puppy?”

“Are you crate training your dog? Yes, I bought a crate!”

“Yes, we have a crate. We don’t close the door though. I don’t like to lock him in”.

“He screamed when I first put him in the crate: he hates it…so we put the crate away. It’s not working.”

1) It is called “crate training” and not “stuff your dog in the crate and lock him in” for a reason!

2) The door to the crate performs a vital function. If you don’t use the door part you might as well not use it.

In fact: One of the niftiest things about a crate is that it does have a door.

Yes, I admit: Visually the crate looks like a prison. But frankly: so does a baby crib.

But the main purpose of the crib is to keep your baby safe. The same is true for your dog/puppy and the crate.

The purpose of a crate is to provide a safe, temporary confinement for your dog .

Not every puppy or dog will immediately feel comfortable being in the crate. That is where the crate TRAINING part comes in. Your job is to teach your puppy to associate wonderful things with spending time in the crate.

Some people feed their puppies in crates, others leave valuable toys and treats in there so every time the pup checks out the crate something wonderful happens. You can reward the dog for marching in and relaxing in the crate…there are many things that you can do to make the crate fun for the dog.

A word of caution: it is obvious but must be stated that you cannot keep a dog crated for hours on end! If you do not provide mental and physical exercise and take your dog out, play with your dog and give him affection, then the crate does turn into a prison.


  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm