Stage 1: Daytime.
When I picked up Cooper from his Breeder two weeks ago he was in and spent a lot of time in an open roof Crate with his sister. When I took him to the vet (friend of mine) he spent about 2 hours in a locked crate by himself and never had a problem with it (we were always in the room).
For two weeks I've given him the laundry (has a dog door which he fits in) and a large dog bed with blankets etc. He's been okay on it but I think what this has allowed me to be is a little lazy with his toilet training. He goes outside, but he goes wherever he wants (preferably on the deck).....
Today we went for a drive and bought a 48" metal crate - I've put the divider on it and put his blankets in there and a couple of his toys (new addition Kong Toy with Ham inside :P).
Getting him inside there has not been a problem. He naturally walked in there to explore and because it smelt like his old bed. Also I've moved his bed from the laundry in to the study... So now I MUST be more attentive with his toiletry requirements. He usually whines/barks when he needs to go outside anyway with very few pee accidents inside.
Anyway, just wanted to tell you what I feel could be a success story - tonight will tell. I keep throwing treats (kibble) in there for him to find, and I just put something special inside his Kong while he wasnt looking... and within about 10 seconds he's running back into his crate to try and find everything :P
Hopefully he has a nap in there today before i go to work...
If you are still reading, I do have a question. People have told me its not good to leave them in there (locked) for hours and hours... is it okay to leave it unlocked during the day but if i have to go out to do something, I can make sure he's used the toilet then lock him in there... and same for night, if he's just content on sleeping there regardless, does it have to be locked?