Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Upstate NY
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Excellent!! I was just going to post what we did, which is similar, when our Crispin wouldn't tolerate his crate. He didn't poop in it, but he howled and shook the crate around and generally was so obviously miserable and unaccepting of being crated, that I could not do it for more than one night--I just could not stand to make my puppy so miserable.
We had at that time a U-shaped kitchen area that was smallish, and we blockaded him into the area with a baby gate/wood plank at the two entrances. I put down a dog bed and some newspaper for him to use, because I assumed that with the larger space, he would, er, take advantage of the situation--but he never once soiled his new containment area. It became his "crate" until he was potty trained (fortunately I had recently retired when we got him, so it was only at night or if I had a doctor's appointment that he was confined to the area). He had water in there, and was quite comfortable.
I was relieved that this had worked out so well. In this photo he is three months old. He was such a good boy (still is)!