Ok - we have a 13 week old puppy, Raleigh - we got him on x-mas eve. He was never in a crate until now. He has been sleeping in there - it's not too bad - he has been waking up around 4am to go out but going right back to sleep. We have had his crate in our room. Here is the issue....today was the first time we have ever left him - we were gone for about an hour and 15min. We put him in his crate w/ a treat and his toys and left. When we came home - it looked like he had been in there for a week and went out of control!!!! He pooped (even though he had went before we left) - he tore everything to shreds! He can get his paws out and likes to scratch the carpet - so we put a lg piece of cardboard under it - he shredded it!!! He went nuts in his poop - it was everywhere!! I just can't even explain what we found when we came home!!! So - here's my question. My husband does not want him in our room - so we thought we'd set the crate up downstairs on our main level. I did get a kong today and have it stuffed and freezing - so when we leave tomorrow (just as a test) he'll have something to keep him busy. Do you think this is a good spot? Should it be where he can go lay in it when he wants to? Does anyone have any suggestions for the clawing he does? We have hard wood floors/carpet - we have more cardboard to put down - we just don't know what else to do. I don't know how to get him to like his crate? I'm a stay at home mom - so we are home a lot - but when we do leave - I just don't want this issue. He is a pretty good puppy - but this is the major issue we are having right now. He is our first golden and first puppy - so any advice is appreciated!!