Crate training complications
We crate our 9 1/2 month old Abigail at night, and anytime we're not home to supervise. We've done this from the beginning, did transition with the divider etc.
We've kept the crate empty for months, as it helped discourage going in her crate when she was younger. We've slowly tried to re introduce a towel a few months ago which was a fail, she peed. Then today we put a thick pet bed in her crate, and she peed. . . We had just taken her out and she went and we were gone maybe an hour, if even that.
Just not bother with any padding, or ??? I feel bad, as I cannot imagine the hard plastic is comfortable, but I also don't want to deal with cleaning per out of pads and her crate.