Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: North County San Diego
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Our trick in getting our now 12 week old pup, Bruno, to like his day crate is to put a T shirt that I have worn (or my husband's) in his crate. It calms him down immediately. He now sleeps/plays in his crate for up to 2 or 3 hours at a time until he starts squealing that he needs to poop or pee. We work from home, so it's never a problem to take him out. I switch out the shirts every few days so he always has a "fresh" mom/dad smelling shirt...btw, amazingly, he does not shred them, but uses them as a pillow or sleeps right on top of them.
As for him defecating, might your crate be too big at the moment? They only need space to stand, turn around and lay flat. More space than that and they will use the opposite side as a toilet...that's been my experience...Good luck!