I'm not sure where to start, so please bear with me. We got Stuey, a F1 Labradoodle 3 weeks ago yesterday and he is currently 14 weeks old. In the whole he is a well behaved, fun and I think happy dog, apart from when we're trying to crate train him. We bought a crate about two weeks ago because he will be left alone during the day usually between 9 and 4, although he will be walked by a friend during the day. He started out okay with his crate - we put him in it for 5 minutes at a time while we were in the house and gradually increaed the time as well as going out for short periods of time. He'd bark and whine for a while, but eventually settled down and went to sleep. He'd spend the whole night in the crate in our bedroom for a couple nigts and was fine, not even needing a toilet break. Then I think we made a mistake. We left him in his crate overnight in the kitchen after just a few days and boy did he kick off. He spent the whole night barking, with a 2 or 3 minute break every 30 minutes or so. Although it was hard, we left him to it. When we came back down in the morning he was frantic and it was clear he hadn't slept at all. Now he won't go in his crate, even if we're at home without barking and howling and desperately tries to get out, pawing and even biting the bars. We can't leave any water in there because within 5 minutes he's knocked the water bowl over and seems to be urinating in his bed. Then when we let him back out, he is panting, whining and will follow us around even more closely than usual - being in the crate really upsets him. The odd thing is that he is still fine in the crate at night when it is in our bedroom and can still easily last the night with no break. I think now during the day he associates the crate with being left alone and I have a feeling we might have blown the crate completely, but he will have to be ready to go in it for up to 4 hours at a time when we go back to work after the holidays and finished, which is only 3 weelks away. If anyone knows of a regime that we can try, or has any tips or routines I'd be very grateful. Thanks in advance.