If you want to be able to tell your puppy when it’s time to go to bed, you can choose a cue word or phrase to associate with getting into the crate. It’s best to start this early. Pick your cue word or phrase, for example “In your bed”, and say this whenever your pup gets into the crate then give them a treat and praise.
Make sure to put the treat into the crate for them to have, rather than giving it by hand, as this will just encourage them to pop straight back out of the crate again!
Slowly build up the amount of time that your puppy has to sit in the crate before you give the treat and praise, and then start reducing the amount of times your pup receives a treat – always give them praise though!
Soon your pup will associate your phrase or word with getting into their bed, and be comfortable and happy enough in their crate to settle down for a rest once they get in there.