I need some suggestions/advice...I'll take anything at this point! Here goes-We just got our second golden from a great breeder (used to be very active on this site). He is 10 months old (and super cute). He is somewhat of a chewer so we decided that we needed a crate for him while we are gone. We set up the crate and he ran right in! Great, this is going to be sooo easy...Well, he has managed to escape 3 times until we put these clips all over the crate. That's not my biggest problem though, we are having some serious potty issues with him and the crate. He is taken out around 7am, again at 9am and then the dog walker is here by noon. Then he is out again no later than 4pm. Also, my husband and I have staggered schedules so he may be out more than this. Today he was not alone until 11:30am and the dog walker was here by noon. Most days but 1 or 2 a week, he is not alone more than 2-3 hours. The problem is he is constantly pooping in his crate! He was in there for 30 minutes today and pooped! This is becoming a huge mess, literally!!! He goes all night long with no accidents! So I know he is somewhat potty trained, I expected accidents in a new place but this is happening everyday. He also hates his crate soooo much that he has cut his nose trying to escape (which he can't do now). I am trying to teach him that it is ok to be alone in there by leaving him in it while we are home, I give him his "crate only" bone that he loves and put him in there. When he is quiet for 5 minutes straight I let him out with tons of praise. He usually protests for a good hour. I never use it in punishment, I make a huge deal when he walks in to get a treat that I have thrown in and praise him again! Also, he is peeing in the morning (every morning) on the same blanket that the dogs lay on. This is after he has been out and eaten breakfast (about 20 minutes later?!!) I don't know what to do. I am not a new dog owner by any means and I am pretty sure that I am doing most things correct. Any suggestions?