Hello. I have a 5 and a half month old fox red Labrador puppy. The problem we have at the moment is when he is left alone in his crate he wee's and pooh's inside it and depending how long after he's done it that we return, it is usually all over him. He is alone 4 days a week for the morning only, between me leaving for work and my partner returning up to 4/5 hours later. Initially his crate door was open and a pen attached so he had a bigger area. He was pretty good in this situation and would usually toilet on the puppy pad in the penned area. Occasionally he would walk in it, but I think that was accidental. Unfortunately he is now big enough to jump over the pen, so we had to remove it. We then kept him in the kitchen with a baby gate across the door way, but now he leaps that too! Next stage was closing the kitchen door, but he scratches at that. So we've had to resort to crating him. He doesn't seem distressed when we leave him, he doesn't whine or bark, he just gets on with eating the kong etc he is left with. Everyday this week so far he has been completely covered in his own mess when we have returned home, despite being walked and toileted before he is left. At night time he sleeps in our room and can hold his toilet for more than 8 hours. He used to sleep in his crate, but he would still wake in the night to toilet. Once he moved to our room this stopped. He now doesn't really use his crate apart from in the mornings when he is alone. We read that dogs shouldn't soil their bed, but he has always done it in his crate if we didnt get to him quick enough. Is he doing it now because he doesn't see the crate as his den? If anyone has any ideas how we can stop this or a better solution for containing him it would be much appreciated. It's horrible to find him in a mess and it must be very distressing for him. Oh we have also contacted some dog walkers to come in while we are at work about half way through the time he is alone, we're waiting to hear back. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!