Try covering the top,sides and rear of crate. Make him a cozy little safe place. Also leave a radio on for noise company for him. not real loud, but loud enough for him to hear it. How long does he stay alone? "This is just something that works for me with my dogs that I have had and have." " I in no way claim to know anything about anything. I just am throwing out something that worked great for me" I am sure others will think this method is dumb, but dont knock it untill you try it....thats if you want to. Attachment 23805
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If you do this, be sure to use something solid, like shower-board. it is thin and solid, I will put it on top of crates so I can store things on top, or put it inbetween crates so that certain females will not try to eat each other. I get it at Lowe's or Home-Depot and have them cut it to size. Just make sure the dog has enough air going through.
If you use a blanket, the dog will pull it through and possibly ingest part of it, also it might make him too hot.
My first dog had a lot of problems. I did not believe in crates then, and left him in my kitchen. Everything in my kitchen that was not nailed down would be in a big pile, kind of like your stuff there, half chewed, pottied on. It was a daily event, and it did wreck my relationship with him as I lost my patience. He also ate my couch.
After being thrown outside and breaking his leg, I found that crates really weren't such an evil afterall. He never had any trouble with crates.
My second dog had trouble with crates and ate 5 of them -- three were wire, and two were the plastic/fiberglass crates mentioned here. She seemed to flip out only if I left the house when she was crated. Left uncrated she was perfectly fine and never chewed anything of mine.
Both dogs did grow out of this behavior, eventually.
No great words of wisdom, except that I can sympathize with you.