Crate training is extremely important for puppies. Your puppy being in a crate does not have to be a negative thing. As a matter of fact puppies actually will like being in there. It’s like their den or get away when they just want to be alone. Having your puppy crate trained will help you with many things including house breaking and destructive behavior when he cannot be watched. You should have the crate in a part of the house that is not isolating him. Put it in the room that you are in the most.
You should first start putting the puppy in his crate when you are home for short periods of time. Give him a few treats and some toys to play with. If the puppy beings to whine or cry while in the crate do not remove him until he stops. It will become a learned behavior “when I cry they let me out”. Always leave your puppies crate door open when he is not in there. This way he can go in and out as he pleases if he wants. Also storing your puppy’s toys in the crate is a great way to get your puppy comfortable with entering and exiting the crate on his own. Hiding treats in the crate is another great way to give it a positive association.
You should start leaving the room for short periods as well as leaving the house. This way the puppy starts to realize that you are not going to be there all the time. When you start leaving the house use caution on what you leave in the crate for your puppy to chew on and eat. You want to make sure it’s nothing that he can choke on. When you come back home or into the room don’t make a big fuss over your puppy wait a few minutes then go let him out. This way he starts to realize just because your home doesn’t mean he is coming out of the crate right away.