Puppy Crate Setup – Using A Puppy Playpen

Puppy Crate Setup – Using a Puppy Playpen // You can connect your puppy crate to your puppy pen for better puppy training results. During your puppy’s first week home crate training is crucial. Set up your playpen the right way to keep your puppy safe and to work on successful potty training with your dog. Whether you brought a new puppy home from a breeder or your adopting a puppy from a rescue group, all puppies need to be trained using a crate and puppy pen setup.

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  1. DeJa Nu on February 13, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I want to doggy door train my puppy. She is a 4 month old Min Pin. She has her own room with a hard floor that has a glass door so I can see her. So far I have been using a large crate with potty pads and putting her small crate in that large crate. I leave her small crate open at night but close the large one. She has gotten into the habit of tearing up the potty pads thus the doggie door. Help! Please

  2. Skallia Ray on February 13, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I just want to remind everyone that these are just suggestions and not the law. We have a 9 week old puppy right now and not all of these tips work for him. Every dog is an individual. I had to take a step back because i was getting frustrated that all these tips i got from videos just like this weren’t working for him. Adjust as needed, don’t feel bad something isn’t catching on right away and just take a breath.

  3. mike hamblen on February 13, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    What kind of wood do you use as the floor in the pen? Is it plywood?

  4. drshr2009 on February 13, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Michelle, we have the crate setup for our puppy in our living room. He likes to sleep outside in playpen at daytime but night times we sleeps in crate. We tried to give him food in the crate by putting kibbles, but he eats them and comes out right after. Only when he is really sleepy he goes inside. But he seems to be almost potty trained (12 weeks old). Not sure how to make him go inside the crate and have a deep sleep during daytime as well.

  5. Gooseman12Gauge on February 13, 2021 at 10:57 pm


    I’m looking at getting a cocker spaniel in the middle of march this year. I was watching your puppy crate training videos and I really like your videos. A question I have is the first day home with the puppy ware does he sleep? Would we bring her home and introduce her to her crate and pen? And let her sleep there?

  6. Leslie Podolsky on February 13, 2021 at 10:57 pm


  7. amy ballantyne on February 13, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    How do you know if there pass the teething or chewing

  8. A N on February 13, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I am loving your videos so far. I appreciate how detailed and clear you are with instructions and explanations! I haven’t looked at the downloads from the puppy kit – the cheat sheet, checklist, training chart, schedule, etc. but I am so excited because I know I will function better having these visuals to reference!! Thank you!! And, are you Canadian? My husband is Canadian 🙂

  9. How To Train A Dream Dog on February 13, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for watching Puppy Crate Setup – Using A Puppy Playpen! Where do you set your playpen and crate up, in your home?

  10. Nicole Coppini on February 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Is it a good idea to move their crate at night to the bedroom? As I want the play pen setup in my living room where I can keep an eye on her but at night I need to be close to her just in case she gets up and wants to potty.

  11. Patty Geluso on February 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I have the puppy playpen which I can move from room to room along with a small carry crate which is where she will sleep. She is a Shih-Poo only weighing 3 lbs. Will only get up to 8-10 lbs.

  12. Fishing with FastGM3 on February 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    What if I initially made that new puppy mistake? Is it too late for the pen and crate at 4mo? I had her so close to potty trained but accidents still happen, and I’m wore out. She knows "outside", she will potty on command and she uses the sliding glass door extension doggy door on her own 90% of the time. Is it ok to setup the pen in front of the doggy door portion of my sliding door?

  13. Roopa Sagar on February 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Can I put my puppy’s playpen in living room and crate in my bed room? At present his crate is in my bedroom. He is 3 months old lab puppy

  14. Jay ZXTT on February 13, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I live in an apartment. quitge a roomy one in Singapore and have had dogs all my life. My father started me of doing conformation with Boxers and later drifted to Shutzund or IPO in my teen. I started of with APBT, Bull Mastiff and my last dog train in Shutzund was a Rottweiler. As you can see I do have experienced with dogs.I currently have a British Bulldog for almost 2 weeks now she left the UK when she was 3 months 2 weeks, but I find training her pretty difficult. I keep my training sessions very short, about 10 minutes at most but she would eithe just lay down or fall asleep. I was teaching her toretrueve today and she fell asleep a few minutes into training. Never has this happened to me before. My dogs are normally potty trained in less than a week and I was using primitive things. just newspaper. I don’t cover the whole room with it. just one pice big enough for one dog. I was going to try with this British Bulldog and had to buy deodoriser, scent market, pen, pee trays… literally the works, but she still make mistakes 80% of the time. I even change the colour of the pee pad to white as recomended by the breeder, but it did not work. Sje is only ok with the crate training. she will shine for a few minute and fall asleep. she will only start barking and whining if he did it in her crate… I stop giving water after 7PM and also cut back her meals to an earlier time slot, and now, I just let her loose in my room. she is quite good in the sence that she doesn’t chew on things and if I feel that she might chew on something, I will dab it with the ‘Last Dab’, the hottest sauce around. so the furniture and wired are safe. I just cannot get her to potty train like I did with all my other dogs, people say Bulldogs are pretty slow. is that really true? I will be gettig a Cane Corso this April and I can tell from statistics that I will have a much easier time with conformation and obedience trial. I won’t be teaching him or her Shutzund and want to concentrate on conformation and obedience.
    Do you have any advice one how to potty train this Bulldog? I have tried everythin from my 30 plus years of dog training. Maybe you have some unorthadox way that would help me? 🙂

  15. Ricardo Roger on February 13, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    My ex leaves the dog’s food out all day in his bowl. Is that a bad thing to do? Wont that make him never be curious to play with these “kibble toys”, since its the same food that he has accessibly in his bowl all day?

  16. Amanda Mitchell on February 13, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Your videos are always so helpful. This video in particular answered a few questions I’d been mauling over. My corgi pup Thatcher comes home in 3 weeks. 🐶 I couldn’t be more excited…but I’m nervous and your videos are really helping me to feel prepared, so thank you!

  17. Lana B on February 13, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    What about times when I am at work for 9 hours? Can I have a crate, playpen and litter box set up for the pup? Would that be confusing for the dog? Just thinking ahead for when I get my puppy in December. Also for night time, should the puppy stay in the crate or can it stay in crate/playpen with litter box?

  18. thmspr on February 13, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Nice video ! What are your thoughts about using a playpen AS a crate ? Would it be a nice idea, or a playpen is too big for the puppy to feel confy and safe ? Best

  19. J C on February 13, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    wowwwwwwwww thanks for this video

  20. Drea & Jeff Hurley on February 13, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    The link to your play pen recommendation does work. I’m having a hard time finding one with only vertical bars. Can you repost a new link please?

  21. Jennifer Lo on February 13, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I love the idea of the protective layer in the pen area!! Great tip! Great videos!

  22. Emily B on February 13, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Do you move the crate from the pen to the bedroom at night?

  23. Tee Handy on February 13, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t see link for starter kit plz repost

  24. indoguju on February 13, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Vinegar works just fine

  25. Anna Green on February 13, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    i gust got a puppy and i do not get alot of sleep

  26. Iris Chen on February 13, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I’m getting a puppy in a few weeks! And i already have a puppy pen I used to use for my bunny😌😁😁😁

  27. bb hurst on February 13, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Wow–you are a great/smooth speaker and teacher! School kids would be lucky if you were their instructor.

    I’m getting a Bichon Frise puppy, so he will be small. I thought about an eight-sided pen with the crate inside it in our kitchen because it has a tile floor (other rooms have carpet or hardwood). You show either a smallish rectangle pen or a six-sided model. Do you think an octagon is way too big for that size of a puppy? Also, the kitchen is a more active and busy room in our house (no young kids, though). A nearby Sunroom is more isolated and has carpet. What’s best–a tiled kitchen with more commotion OR a carpeted Sunroom but quieter?

  28. Lexi Rose on February 13, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    If I had to only pic one channel to watch for the rest of my life It would definitely be you!!👍🐶❤️

  29. Gacha Girlz on February 13, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    So good

  30. Gicela Ignacio on February 13, 2021 at 11:27 pm


  31. Ms Bess on February 13, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you! This video helped me out so much!

  32. Kiara Martinez on February 13, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    -what if you live in a highrise, or apartment and has to potty train them with pee pads
    -also for me i am investing in getting a potty training puppy apartment (ptpa) by modern puppies because i dont live in an house
    – warning this does not mean i am not gonna walk my dog it just means i would rather have an accident on a pee pad then the floor

  33. Rosanne Dodge on February 13, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    What brand is the puppy pen? Is it plastic? The amazon link doesn’t have the same pen in the video.

  34. Cindy Tucker on February 13, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Currently have the crate in my bathroom as it’s huge and tiled. But I am finding myself limited on when I can shower and do things during his nap time. Does this not matter? I worry I will make things worse by interrupting him or causing stress/confusion. I have two 6 month old kittens and a toddler and a 9yo. He won’t be getting much rest in the living room, but I may be able to make room for him in the laundry room. Any suggestions?

  35. Laura Reynolds on February 13, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Name of play pen?

  36. Waveyyp on February 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Should I left the kennel inside the puppy play pen all day?

  37. seec on February 13, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    So much value in all you videos

  38. ifrarikhan on February 13, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Getting a 8 week old maltipoo on Christmas Day any tips? She will be my first dog ever

  39. Klarissza Iváncsik on February 13, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Do u close the crate at night????

  40. Crazy Animals on February 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I still have school so can they stay alone for 6-7 hrs x

  41. Beth Trotter on February 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    i use pee pads but only at night so i dont need to get up every 3 hours

  42. Tania Costa on February 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Hi. Love you chanel and your videos, but the puppy shcedule doesn’t seem to leave any time for the human to do almost anything that doesn’t include the puppy. How are we supposed to work, even if we are at home?

  43. Denise maloney piren on February 13, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    My puppy will be coming to me "litter box trained" from the breeder. As my puppy is going to be going through service dog training with the eventual goal of being able to travel with me (I have a disability that effects my mobility and I also have asthma) it is important that she learns that there will be times that she is asked to "go potty" indoors (like on a cruise ship, during blizzards when its -30 degrees out and I can’t be out in that weather). Some trainers do not seem to realize that there are times when you may need to leave your dog for a longer than desirable time and they shouldn’t feel physically uncomfortable because they are trying to "hold it" or feel ashamed that they had an accident. My beagle is 15 years old. For the past 3 years I have left puppy pads down for him to use if he needs it during the night. Maybe once a week he will need to use it. It’s a simple clean up and he doesn’t have to feel like he did anything wrong.

  44. MsGML on February 13, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    @How To Train A Dream Dog – This playpen is no longer available. I can’t find it anywhere! Can you please recommend something similar?

  45. KOZ5061 on February 13, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Puppy pen will go in the kitchen.

  46. Big Trips Keepin it real on February 13, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I just got a frenchie he pretty much runs the show lol

  47. L Sweeney on February 13, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Michelle, if a puppy is in a pen, how do you integrate the bell method for potty training?

  48. Elestar60 on February 13, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Great video! 🙂

    Aso, you look a bit like Pam from the Office ^^

  49. Laura Bernay on February 13, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    All good…we have her crate attached to her pen. Except…she does her business NOT in the crate but in her pen. How do we stop this? We do all the steps for giving message to go, after play, meals and food but still she goes in her pen.

  50. Super corgi Fam on February 13, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I don’t know why I am watching this my puppy doesn’t have a creat.🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶

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