So i have made the decision to crate train my puppy as from the day of arrival.
I will place the crate in my room so the puppy can feel that I am close by and hope for cry less sleeping nights...hopefully.
Can I please ask whether you guys suggest crate big enough to hold puppy pad or one without the room for the puppy pad??
Any advice on crate training would be absolutely amazing!!
As has been mentioned there is no hard and fast rule about the 'right' way to do this - every pup is different and will settle with things in different ways.
I bought a puppy playpen for Bobby and in there put his bed, a puppy pad and blankets etc for him to sleep on.
Have to say that after two nights he was sleeping on my bed so all my good intentions to be firm, not let him on the bed etc fell away very quickly!
I toilet trained him using puppy pads, first one in the living room, then moving them out into kitchen, then eventually outside into the garden and found it to be a great way to housetrain. I know people have differing views on their use, but I would have no hesitation using them again.
As for crates, I had a small crate for Bobby to go in in the car when he was little and I was in the car with him on my own. Now he is an adult, he travels on the back seat wearing a car harness.
In the house he still has the puppy playpen, folded up to make a 'crate' about 3.5ft long x 2.5ft wide and he goes in that during the day when he fancies a bit of a nap, and of a night too. He likes it I think, and the top is covered with a blanket to make it den-like for him.
To get him used to gowing in the crate or playpen I just took things slowly. I got some really tasty food (cooked chicken, cheese etc) and would throw little bits into the crate for him to go and find and eat.
When he was used to going in and out, I carried on with the food, but would shut the door for a couple of seconds, giving loads of praise, then open it, give loads of praise. slowly increase the amount of time you leave the door shut.
Then carry on doing that and slowly move out of eyesight just for a minute till you build up to being able to leave him in there for longer periods.
When leaving him for long periods give him a stuffed Kong or similar to keep him occupied and interested for a while.
Sorry for the waffle but hope that helps.