Crate training is simply teaching your pup to be comfortable spending time in their crate. That's it.

You'll find a lot of references to crate training throughout Harper. Not only do we have whole courses built around the crate (See: House Party and Comfortable in the Crate), but if you reach out to us for advice (Which, please do! We love answering your questions!), we often ask if your pup is crate trained because it's such a valuable tool for addressing all kinds of issues.

Is your pup still housetraining and you want to avoid finding an accident on the floor when you come home from dinner? You can have her take a nap in her crate while you're gone. A correctly-sized crate is the best way to reduce the chance of accidents in the house.

Does your pup bark at you for attention while you're working? You can ask her to go to her crate and give her a tasty treat as a distraction.

Does your pup get the zoomies after a walk? The crate is a great place to calm down while the excitement from the walk wears off.

Want to play hide and seek but your pup isn't great at staying? Teach her to stay in your crate while you go hide.

Does your pup jump on visitors? The crate is an easy way to control her decisions (that is, you can shut the door) while you're teaching her to hold her position when someone is at the door.

This list barely scratches the surface of all the ways a crate is useful. Still, if you choose not use a crate, that's okay. Lots of people have great success teaching and building a relationship with their dog and never once use a crate. Just suffice it to say, at Harper, we love the crate and think it's a shortcut for teaching a lot of behaviors.