This sounds EXACTLY, I mean to the point, what we went though last year. Bonnie was great with a crate. NO problems. Then we got Smitty. He was 9 months old but use to sleeping in a kennel. He absolutely HATED his crate. HATED it and still does. After several weeks of trying everything I video taped him one night and found he never really slept soundly. That explained why he seemed so tired in the morning. So, like with our other 2 Bs years prior, we gave in and now they sleep (very soundly) with us. Hey, it keeps your feet warm in the winter!
you can get a full size bed cover for like $4. So I make four dog blankets out of that. And I trim off the blanket stitch thread on the edge, so they can't get wrapped up in it.
VERY important tip. Wish we would have know that. Years ago we put our 2 yr old in a crate with an old blanket with edging. When we got home she had it twisted around her leg and it was cutting off the circulation. She was panicking. Her foot had swelled up twice its size. I had to cut the edging off with a razor and rushed her to the emergency vet. She was fine soon after, but limped for days and never went near her crate after that and I never made her…. good news is she proved to be trustworthy with full house access.
Querk is, and always has been, an extreme bedding shredder…he only gets newspaper now...I got tired of picking fleece out of his teeth.
Does Querk have roaming rights or is he crated during the day? Brie never liked her crate but, at 2yrs old, she was fine left loose and was always left loose – of course that was 12 years ago when we had post-college furniture.
We still have problems with Smitty after 6 months. If we put anything in his crate he will shred it. He's chewed through 2 crates so far (a cheap plastic type and a wire mesh Midwest crate). When we come home he SCREAMS, absolutely SCREAMS. I try to make him sit and calm down before I open the door (he'll sit but not calm). Then he's fine, like nothing happened. The bad part is he occasionally pees in his crate (maybe once every couple weeks) so we had to resort to GoodWill for cheap towels.
Hang in there JazzysMom. The puppy stage is always work, but the payoff is worth it!