crate train


variants or crate-train
crate trained or crate-trained; crate training or crate-training; crate trains or crate-trains

transitive + intransitive

: to train an animal (especially a dog) to accept being confined in a crate (see crate entry 1 sense 2)
Consider crate training your new puppy. There are pros and cons to crate training puppies, and the decision to crate train is totally up to the owner.Terri Gach-Mils
crate-trained adjective
or less commonly crate trained
a crate-trained puppy
Their dog is crate trained.
crate training noun
or less commonly crate-training
Crate training is popular among pet owners, and many dogs prefer the sense of security they feel when sleeping in their kennels. Field & Stream

Examples of crate train in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He is already crate trained and knows some basic commands like sit, jump, turn and sniff, but will benefit from some training with his new family. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2023 If the pet is crate trained and enjoys the crate, that’s also a good option. The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2023 Her foster dad tells us that Anika is house-trained and crate trained. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crate train was in 1984

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“Crate train.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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