Yes,crates should NEVER be used for punishment.
I have crate trained many dogs (my fosters) and helped with crate training office/kennel dogs,which get used to it pretty quickly in most cases,as they are on routine.Eventually dogs see the crate as a safe place and will often go there on their own to feel safe or "get away from it all".
I know someone who has a litter trained chihuahua too...but if you wanna housetrain the dog and litter train it,this CAN confuse the dog.I say just stick to one method of house training.
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