There is nothing quite like the pitter patter of tiny feet that comes with having a Chihuahua in your house. Chi's are a lot of fun, very playful, intelligent and full of the "joie de vivre" or 'joy of life." The question is what do you plan to do with him when you must go to work or run an errand? Where will he sleep at night? A crate or kennel might just be the perfect place for your pup.
In the wild, dogs tend to seek out caves to create their den in. If you do things right, your pup will happily spend time in his "den" whenever he can. Remember though, at no time should you ever use your dog's kennel as a form of punishment, this will only lead to his refusal to go into his kennel when you need him to.
You can use kennel training for a number of purposes, from potty training to providing your pup a safe place to go when he is scared or a comfy place to take naps and sleep at night. With the right training and patience, you can teach your pup to stay in his kennel while you are sleeping at night or during the day when you need to work.
Remember that while your pup is young, he will not be able to hold himself for long periods of time. With this in mind, you should not leave your pup in his kennel for extended periods of time, he needs to be able to go outside and go potty as well as get a little exercise. The actual intent of kennel training is to create a den for your pup that he will come to see as his private place.
Start out kennel training your pup by purchasing the right kennel. It needs to be big enough for him to stretch out in and turn around in. At the same time, it mustn't be so big that your pup feels lost in it. If the kennel is too big, your pup may end up creating his den at one end and going potty at the other end. Pick one that fits him perfectly. If it's a little big, you can block off part of it until your Chi grows and needs the space. You need a few supplies to kennel train your pup.
The most important things you need for any type of training are plenty of time to work with your pup and the patience to see the training through to a successful end.