yes, I had a dog once who could chew out of a chain link run. unreal. we did call him Houdini, even tho his name was nick. I think the plastic vari kennel might be workable (can you find out if the crate he was always in was wire?), and maybe start very, very slow and give him really smelly treats in the crate for very short periods of time when you're there??? like counter-conditioning? eight weeks is such a short period of time, I think being crated for so long so often will take a very long time to overcome. please don't stop the training, he so needs the bonding time and positive interaction. i'm sure you're angry at him a lot, since he's such a pain in the arse, and he can sense that too. they are so incredibly smart, and when the wiring gets crossed, well...i'm sure he tries your patience. don't give up on him yet.
mom to seraphina blue & the cashman
miss jeni-take-a-ride, rescued 7/07
shangri la's great white caesar, rescued 4/09
hearthside's cinderfella (RIP 4/20/09)
shep von bellefontaine (RIP 6/9/10)
voodoo lily (dsh) & cricket (african grey)