I know what you are probably thinking, 'I don't want to put my puppy in a cage!' Let me tell you, a crate is not a cage and it will actually do your puppy a lot of good, let me tell you why.

Puppy crate training is as good or as bad as you make of it. You can turn it into a positive learning experience that will be enjoyable for you both. It really is the easiest and quickest way to get your puppy potty trained.

First of all, the dog crate is not a time out and should never be used to punish your puppy. Your furry friend should see his or her crate as a safe and comfortable den. Once you understand this, you will be able to use this as the cornerstone of your puppy crate training plan.

A great way to introduce your puppy to his crate is by giving him a special treat only when he is inside of it. Before too long your puppy will start associating the crate and the treat with each other. Remember to use repetition. Your puppy will catch on much faster if you can show him what you want him to do over and over for a while.

So why does a crate work so well? It is because your puppy has a natural urge to keep his den clean. Especially if you have taught your dog to love his den, he will never want to mess it up with urine or stool.

Using this tendency to your advantage you can leave your puppy in the crate and only take him out to eat, go potty and play. Don't worry, this isn't forever, it is only until your puppy crate training is successful and your puppy is officially house trained.

Puppies usually go potty at certain times of the day. This is right when he wakes up each morning, shortly after eating, after waking up for a nice nap or right before bed. Taking the puppy outside to go use the restroom is a surefire way to make sure you eliminate 'accidents' from happening in your home.

Make sure to never leave your puppy in the crate for too long. Three to four hours at a time is the maximum amount of time he should be in there. Let your puppy explore and have fun outside of his crate throughout the day and show plenty of affection.