Our puppy didn't want to be alone either. The first night I moved my older dog's crate next to his and put her into it. She loves being in the crate, and the company seemed to help him a lot. If you don't have another dog to do that with, I strongly suggest you put the nighttime crate in the bedroom with you. He can hear you breathing and will feel comforted.Just brought home a 3 month old puppy and are having a difficult time crate training. We have had him for 2 weeks now and he still crying, barking, etc. He doesn't want to be alone. Any ideas or suggestions would be very helpful!
Are you putting a blanket or sheet over the crate? That's like "lights out and good night" to my dogs.The process, so far, has included a few 1/2 hour stints during the day with treats inside and the door closed. We leave the kennel in our family room during the day with the door open so that he can come and go as he pleases. I am with him a majority of the day, with him only kenneled maybe 1 1/2 hours a day total. The biggest issue is at bedtime where we put him in the kennel with treats, a towel and a nylabone and he whines and barks for up to an hour before going to sleep. He will wake occasionally and whine as well. I'd like to try to put the kennel next to the bed, but I'm pretty sure he would whine like he does during the day when he can see me.