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Can crate training start at 8 weeks?

I read online somewhere that 8 was too young and you should start at 12 weeks? I am not sure the reasoning behind that.
Should my kids leave the puppy alone while he is in the crate (except when he's sleeping)? I can see them trying to play with him from the outside. Thus the reason for getting the puppy during the school season!
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You can certainly start crate training at 8 weeks! And no one should ever bother or play with a dog when they are in their crate. That is their personal "quiet space" and must be respected.

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If you plan on using a crate it is important to start out right away - so your puppy is not too young. I used the crate for potty training, as well as confinement at bedtime and during the day. I think it is important that a puppy becomes comfortable in the crate, so it doesn't cry and bark while in there. They learn to self-soothe, like a baby in a crib, and will learn that you will return if you leave them in there. I would suggest that you ask the kids to let the puppy have quiet time in the crate so it doesn't expect constant interaction from you while in there. After the puppy has pottied I would give playtime with the kids outside of the crate. Just remember that puppies need to pee again after playing!
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