Puppy and Dog Crate Training Schedule

Why do we Crate Train our Puppies and Dogs?

Crate training helps schedule and house train our AKC Standard Poodles, Goldendoodles, and Labradoodle puppies and dogs. Because our Goldendoodles and Standard Poodles are canines, they feel safe and secure in cozy places. Getting our puppies and dogs comfortable with the crate also ensures that they can safely and comfortably travel with us when needed.

Do’s and Don’ts of Crate Training

DO use the crate while your dog sleeps overnight. Dogs and puppies do not like to sleep where they go to the restroom, so this will get you started with house training your new goldendoodle or poodle.

Ensure the crate is appropriately sized so they can comfortably lay down, turn around, and stand up. If the crate is too large, they may learn to go to the restroom in one corner then move to a different corner.

If just getting started with crate training, check on your puppy during the night, whining may indicate they need to go out to the restroom. Overtime, as they get older, they will be able to go through the night without needing to go out.

DON’T use the crate to confine your dog for extended periods during the day. Over-confinement causes behavior problems.

Our goldendoodles and standard poodles need exercise, socialization and companionship and should not be confined for extended periods of time.

At times it may be necessary to use the crate during the day and it should not be any longer than 1 or 2 hours at a time.

Sleeping and Eating 

Our dogs find comfort in their kennels, we leave the door open in the day and it is normal to find them going to there to take their naps. It also helps with our feeding schedules and making sure one dog doesn’t go eating all the other dogs food. 🙂


More questions

Some dogs may have anxiety or other problems with crate training. I highly recommend reading more details with this or other potential concerns from the ASPCA webpage resource. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/weekend-crate-training


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  • Hello! I love your website and your posts are full of helpful info for puppy mommies like me. I have a puppy and I crate trained it. Although some people dislike crate training I found that it has been very useful for when I am not home and my puppy loves it too! It’s his little house. Thank you for sharing this info with us. I will agree that you shouldn’t keep the dog in it for extended periods of time. They need to their exercise and to socialize so you should only keep the puppy in there for smaller periods of time. Keep up the good work. I am bookmarking your website.

    • Thank you Katerina, we regularly post Dog training tips based on our experience with raising puppies and training our goldendoodles, labradoodles, and poodles. We like sharing this info with our customers and the online community to encourage building great relationships with all pets. Thank you again!

  • I have heard of crate training, and we tried to implement it in our home and with our boxer puppy who was horrible to house train. I think if we get another puppy I will have to come here to get some reminder tips because we must have done somethimg wrong.

    • Thank you Debra! There are alternative training methods that can work since dogs can react differently. It might not be that something was done wrong but rather that another training method may work better for your puppy or dog. I would recommend the ASPCA article linked within this post. Thanks again!

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