Jake kept falling asleep when I played with him as a puppy! Drove me bonkers...I wanted to play with him! I learned when visiting him at my breeder's that they didn't play for long before they got tuckered out and let him set his own pace.
Jake and Shelby each have a toy in their crate. But it's not a play toy. Jake seems to carry pink bunny with him when he goes outside and when he first comes out of the crate in the morning (kind of like a security blanket!) and Shelby sleep with a puppy dog she likes to use as a pillow. She likes to rest her chin on something when snoozing.
Primarily the crate was for down time not play time. I also had an x-pen set up around the crate so that I could put them in the pen when I needed to leave the room and didn't want to take them with me. At night I moved the toys to the side of the crate where they couldn't see them (the crate was covered) and closed the door to the crate. That meant night night time.
Oh yeah, love the pet stages toys!
Loving mom to Jake, Shelby and Micah