I have had my b baby for about two weeks now. I have been home a lot lately and have been trying to crate train my pup. It is a disaster. Everyone says pups don't like to soil their living space. But every time I leave him in the crate for a few minutes while I am home or leave him while I go out (not for more than 1-2 hours) he seems to have a nervous poop in the crate and jumps around in it. So I have to wash his feet and his crate every time I come home. I make sure he does his business before I leave but it is like he gets so scared that he poops, not to mention the amount of screams he makes. I have tried making his crate smaller so he doesn't want to soil his spot but it just doesn't work. Even when I just leave the crate open he goes in it to pee. At night he is just fine and doesn't have any accidents, but I leave the door open.
Someone has told me that some dogs just don't like crates and I should try blocking him off in an enclosed space like the kitchen. I have tried that and it seems to work a lot better. He isn't potty trained yet and has little accidents in the kitchen. I leave him with a Kong and he seems to cry a lot less.
I don't mind closing off in the kitchen but I am wondering if it is very bad that I choose to do that instead of leaving him in his crate.
Thank you so much!