We started "crating" the moment they crawled out of the whelping box, not in the usualy crate, we have a little tent that looks like a cate, a soft sided tent type things that looks like it is from the movie MASH, so the girls have been readily going into these items to take thier litte doggy naps. Today, was the big test, were they ready for regular crate. So I took the plunge and while I was cooking dinner (and they were already asleep) I gingerly put them in the crate closed the door and crossed my fingers (and tip toed away). To my delight they zonked for about an hour and a half. Things went well, I heard them stir and race to grab them as we are working on going out side to "break". It is like a thundering herd to the door. We made it out side on the deck and they all peed. PARTY on the deck!