Hi. I have had my new puppy since Saturday. It has been a llllooonnngggg time since I have had a puppy. The first two nights we crated him. He screamed like he was dying. I know this is normal. But....he messed all over it. Smeared it everywhere. I felt so bad! The last two nights I put him in the bathroom with his crate and a pee pee pad. He didn't cry once, and went on his pee pad. He was sound asleep when I went in in the morning. However I know the bathroom is not practical. I was thinking about getting an exercise pen to take the place of the bathroom. That way I could also put him in it when I am doing housework etc. I am currently not working so I am home with him all the time and he gets a ton of exercise and attention. However when I go back to work, 8 hours in the day and night just seem cruel. I know they say kennels are the best....but are they the best for everyone. I have to admit I have never crate trained. My last puppy was so long ago. Please no harsh answers. I am truly looking for constructive help for what is best for my puppy. I love him to death, and want to be a great puppy mom.