I used a crate on my puppy until she was threw her chewing faze and could hold her potty until I got back home.
She used the crate for her whole life, it was her place to go to have her quite time when she was older. The door was wired open and she would go into the crate when she wanted to be left along. When she was being a pain in the back side when company came over, I would say "crate" and she would go into her crate and lay down and had to stay until she calm down.
In the evening play with the puppy to wear him/her out before bed time and put lots of toys in the crate at night. Wire a bowl of water to the crate so the puppy can get a drink during the night.
If the puppy cries at night, DO NOT give the puppy any attention what so ever. Telling a puppy to be quite is the same (to the puppy) as telling it is a good dog. He is wanting attention no matter if it is bad or good.
Keeping the crate in the bedroom were the puppy can see you will help the puppy feel as part of the pack, but has his own place to sleep.
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