do you have to put papers in there?
im really clueless links to help me!!


  1. Suzie Q

    I put a towel in there…in crate training, there will be accidents.
    Crate training is for when you are not willing to keep (Literally) your eyes on the puppy…ie…taking shower, cooking, etc. It is never used as punishment.

  2. ahelauma

    It depends on how big the crate is – if it’s more like a pen, you could have room for papers, a place to play and a pillow to sleep on. For my puppy, I just have a small cage with a pillow. When you can’t supervise your dog or it’s bedtime, you say “go to your cage” or whatever. It helps them potty train because most dogs won’t pee where they sleep….but don’t leave them in too long or they won’t have a choice.

  3. Tiff

    Crate training is a method where by you train your dog to use a crate when it can’t be watched. The crate becomes the dogs “home,” and it feels safe and secure in there.
    I think a book would be better than a website. Visit a local pet store or

  4. charmedc

    If you Google “dog crate training” you’ll get a whole lot of links, most of them with a lot of very good information. Read several to get the gist of it. Personally I find crate training is unhealthy for the dog if you keep it in there too long. More than a few hours is bad and someone is going to need to let it out to go to the bathroom and to stretch and move around.
    Do NOT put papers in the crate, since the entire point of crate training is that dogs by instinct will not mess the place where they have to sleep, and if you expect it to go to the bathroom in the crate it will be extremely unhealthy for one thing, and for another thing the dog will be miserable and it will defeat the purpose of teaching it to NOT go to the bathroom inside.

  5. Jamie R

    Crate Training is typically done when you first get a puppy and includes a crate (travel kennel) which is just large enough for the puppy to turn around in but not so large that the puppy can section it off. The idea behind the crate is that is becomes the dog’s bed/safe haven/home and that it needs to be just the size of the dog (large enough for the dog to turn around in and stand in comfortably) so the dog will refrain from defecating or urinating in the crate. If the crate is too large the dog will still mess in it, so it must be just the size of the dog. Dog’s don’t typically like sitting in their own feces/urine.
    The process is that the dog is taken out of the crate to eat, play, and get walked. In other words, if you are not home the dog is in the crate, if you are busy with other stuff at home and cannot watch the dog it is in the crate. As the dog learns, it can be left out of the crate unattended a little longer each time it proves itself. The idea is that you structure the dog so that it knows that the crate is its bed/home and is out only for specific reasons.
    Some say crate training is mean but I crate trained my dogs and even when the dog is free but not playing it sleeps in the crate. It is a great tool for house training and can even act as a portable home for the animal if you travel.

  6. mrs_kroh

    crate training is training your dog/puppy to use a crate as his “den”. Basically what it does is prevent your dog from going to the bathroom in your house and chewing up your stuff. If you consistently use the crate when you leave and/or go to bed, he will consider this area his “home” and will not go to the bathroom in it and won’t chew up his toys/blankets that are kept in it. you can do a yahoo search on crate training or talk to your vet about what is best for your dog. good luck!

  7. deevon91

    You don’t train your dog to crate, you use a crate or cage to hose break or potty train your dog. Normally people let the dog sleep in the cage or box, whatever you want to use, at night. Something where there is just enough room for them while training. Cause the dog is not likely to go to the bathroom where he or she is sleeping. Just take the dog out in the morning and strait outside to go to the bathroom.

  8. paintedr

    Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a dog. Dogs do not like to soil their resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training.
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  9. itsmemel

    Crate training is a great way to ensure your dog has a safe place to spend time when they can’t be supervised. The crate should be just large enough for him to stand up, turn around and stretch out when lying down. Make it his safe haven, his own little “apartment”. Give him safe toys to play with, no rawhides or toys he can chew apart. Praise him when he goes in on his own. Allow him access to his crate at all times. Close the door for 2 of 3 minutes, but stay within site. Praise him when you open the door. When he accepts this leave the room for a few minutes with him inside. Praise praise praise. Before you know it you can put him in there and leave on errands, go to work etc. When he goes in I like to use phrases like “kennel up” or “inside” so that when you want him in there he will obey that command. I put small sheepskin pet beds in my dogs crates, but only after they are old enough that I can be confident they won’t chew them. Good Luck!

  10. Tammy R

    You need to have a nice place for it to curl up and sleep and if it is to young to hold going potty over night put some papers down so there is a place for it to go. You want a crate that fits the size of your dog at the time. They need enough room to stand, turn and lay down. If the crate is too big they will just sleep at one end and potty at the other. Your dog will really learn to love his special place. You never use the crate as punishment and if your dog ever goes in there on it’s own you do not bother him with anything or for any reason. It’s kind of like when you go to your bedroom and close the door. Kids aren’t allowed to knock on the door or bother you for any reason. Go to Dr. P’s Training Tips in your search engine and there are great guidelines for training for just about anything you can imagine.

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