There is nothing quite like the fun of bringing home a new Chihuahua puppy--they are so tiny and cute. But mayhap some of that dims just a little the first time he leaves a pile in the middle of the floor. So now, not only do you have a mess to clean up, it's time to start thinking about crate training the little guy. Before you think of a crate as a puppy prison, you need to understand that all dogs are born with a natural instinct that makes them want to find a den.
By creating a safe place for your pup using a crate, you are not punishing him in any way. You are simply giving him a den, a safe place, a place he can literally call his own. How can anyone see this as a bad thing? The only time using a crate can be seen as punishing and not right, is if you leave your pup in it for too long at a stretch.
Crate training can be considered a very important part of your pup's overall training program. You can use it as part of his potty training, teaching him to sleep at night, and do deal with separation while you are at work. Be aware, however, that you should never leave your pup in the crate for too long. It will only lead to problems getting him to go in his crate. Also, if he tries to hold himself for too long, it could cause physical problems for him.
The idea is to teach your pup that his crate is actually his den and a safe place for him to take a nap, hang out in at night, or simply go into when he wants to get away from it all. You can make the crate as simple or fancy as you like. Carpet the floor, add a doggy bed, toss in some toys, even throw a blanket over the top to create a cave-like atmosphere, just be sure to make it comfortable and welcoming to your pup.
There really isn’t much to getting started. First, you need to buy a crate; be sure it is neither too big or too small for your pup. Then you need to create the den by making the inside comfortable. From here it is simply a matter of working with your pup until he loves being in his "den". However, you need a few supplies:
Plus of course, you need plenty of time to work with your pup along with a generous supply of patience. Chihuahuas are very smart but tend to be a bit stubborn, be patient and he will soon figure out what is expected of him.