Yeah, the only problem is that he can't be home alone if he is out of the crate. As much as we try to dog-proof our rooms, he always seems to find a book/trash/important document to play with. It just seems mean to me to lock him in his crate for 8 hours.
Thanks for the links, though. I will look into BRAT.
Can you baby gate him into the kitchen or any other area? Keep the doors closed to the rooms. Put all trash, books and other items out of reach.