Should I Put Toys in My Puppy’s Crate at Night? (Solved & Explained!)

Yes, you should definitely put some toys inside your puppy’s crate at night. Toys give your puppy something to focus on when they are in the crate and if they wake up in the middle of the night, toys will help to keep them occupied. Just don’t put in anything that might be potentially unsafe if chewed open!

In this article, we’ll answer questions about crating so that you know what you can put inside the crate, over it, and more. Let’s take a look at the most common questions being asked about crate training!

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Can puppies sleep with toys in crate?

Yes, your puppy can sleep just fine with toys in the crate, provided that you don’t clutter it up. A few toys in the crate are always a good idea, as they give your puppy something to chew on and play with in case they wake up in the night and get bored.

Just make sure that you don’t put anything in their with stuffing inside, or they might chew through the toy and ingest what’s inside!

What should puppies have in their crate at night?

Keep it simple. Inside the crate you will want to have some comfortable bedding and a toy or two for your puppy. Something that your puppy can chew on is always a good idea, as they are still teething and this will not only help with that but it keeps them occupied for a good, long time.

How do I keep my dog entertained in his crate?

One of the best ways to keep an adult dog occupied inside their crate is a Kong toy. Kong toys are made from a hard rubber and hollowed out, so that you can put things like cream cheese or peanut butter inside them. Fill the toy, freeze it, and give it to your dog.

They can spend time getting at the filling and they’ll have the toy to chew on for later.

Should I put a blanket on my dog’s crate?

You can put a blanket on, but only cover the crate partially. Fully covering the crate with a blanket can be a little restrictive to airflow and can make the inside of the crate a bit stuffy. Don’t worry, your dog has fur to keep them warm, plus the bedding already inside of the crate – they’re going to be just fine.

How do I get my dog to sleep in his crate without crying?

One trick to get your dog used to sleeping in the crate is to sit close to it, remaining silent, and then after 5 to 10 minutes you should get up and move quietly into another room. Stay there for approximately 10 minutes and then come back, sitting down quietly again next to the crate.

Repeat this process, extending the time that you are in the other room, and eventually your dog will trust that you will always come back and they’ll be more comfortable sleeping within the crate.  

What do you do when your puppy cries at night?

If you are taking your puppy out regularly, then crying at night should be ignored. Responding to crying every time can teach your dog that they will get their way if they are vocal.

By ignoring the crying, you are teaching them that this is not the way to get your attention, and they will eventually learn this and should settle down.

What should I put in my puppy’s crate during the day?

The inside of your puppy’s crate should be fairly spartan. You only want to have bedding so that they can rest and a few toys to keep them occupied when they are awake. Don’t put food or water inside – a puppy needs to go outside 5 to 30 minutes after eating, so food and water are a bad idea.

Your puppy can eat and drink outside of the crate, the inside is for rest and relaxation.  

Should I leave a pee pad in the crate?

No. A pee pad is going to end up getting chewed on, eventually, and you don’t want to risk your dog getting impacted intestines from ingested bits of pee pad. Even if this doesn’t happen, a pee pad inside the crate teaches your dog that it’s okay to pee inside the crate, and this is another thing that you want to avoid.

A regular potty training schedule is a much better way to go.

Should I put a bed in my puppy’s crate?

 Yes, you should have a bed or some sort of comfortable bedding inside your puppy’s crate. Aside from the training purposes that it serves, your puppy’s crate is essentially a ‘mobile den’, and you want your puppy to associate it with comfort, warmth, and relaxation.

A good bed will accomplish exactly this and make it easier to get your puppy used to the crate.

Should I leave water in crate with puppy?

No. Your puppy gets enough hydration outside of the crate, and putting water inside the crate is not only unnecessary, but it’s a recipe for trouble. That’s because your puppy is going to need to go to the bathroom much faster than normal if they are drinking water – their little bladders need emptying every 2-3 hours, depending on age!

Can my puppy go all night without water?

Yes! Your puppy gets enough water from their bowl and from their food during the day, so you don’t need to add a water bowl to the crate – your puppy will be just fine. Adding a water bowl to the crate will just make them need to go outside sooner and is a recipe for ‘surprise urination’ in your puppy’s crate.

Should I put a mat in my dog’s crate?

A mat, a dog bed, or even some folded and chew-resistant blankets are definitely needed inside a crate. You want your dog to associate the crate with comfort, so that they start to view it as their own personal space. That means it is vital that you make the crate comfortable or your dog won’t want to go inside!