Crate Training

I found a really good article today on crate training on the Drinkwater Gun Dogs website and I thought I’d share my experiences of using the method with you.

Well, in short, it works. But you have to make sure that you don’t use the pen/crate as a punishment. The dog needs to want to go in there. I used a pen rather than a crate and I would go and squeeze myself into it when Joey was a puppy and play games with him in there. The other thing that I found useful is having it so that he could see us most of the time. If I wanted him from under my feet when I was in the kitchen, for example, he found it much easier knowing that he could just lie down and watch what I was doing rather than being cut off from the action.

All in all, it’s a good method. And it seems to stop your puppy from becoming too rowdy and claiming the whole house for himself.

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2 Responses to “Crate Training”


  1. 1 Val April 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi! We get our new working cocker spaniel in three weeks time and we will be using a crate to house him. I agree with your view that crates should not be used as a punishment when the dog is naughty.I have seen friends make the mistake of doing just that and eventually it becomes a battle to get the puppy to go into the crate at all. The crate should always be a puppies haven where he can escape when he needs a nap or just to get away from boisterous children and other family pets.

  2. 2 Laura September 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I have 2 English Working Cocker Spaniels, 2 boys, Sam and Jack. I strongly disagree with crates/ pens. A dog should be part of family life and not restricted/ locked away. Too often I hear of people leaving their dogs all day in these prisons whilst they are at work, in my opinion they are cruel and should be banned. The only reasonable place I can see them being used is in the car.


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