I really want Paco to think of his crate as his resting place during the day if he gets tired, I think that might not happen though seeing as he seems to think of it as a place to be "trapped" when we're sleeping or not home.
He'll nap during the day anywhere near me, usually on the living room carpet or on my office floor. I decided last night to lay an old towel on "his spot" on the office floor, and he went straight over and peed in it! Whether he was marking his territory or just had to go (he's still training) I'm not sure, but then this morning I cleaned out his crate and put in a t-shirt of mine I'd worn recently to keep him company when I leave today. When he went to take a nap in the living room, I picked him up and placed him in the crate, and he stayed and napped for a while.
Later, when he came looking for attention, I decided to play some "crate games" and was giving him treats for sitting calmly in the crate, etc. He squatted suddenly and peed just a little bit. Normally, when this pup goes, he GOES…but this was just a little. He didn't seem over excited, so was he "marking his territory"? I keep cleaning the liner when he pees on it, but now I'm wondering if the scent would remind him that the crate is "his spot".
I cleaned the little mess...but really...is it a good thing he did it, or what? He's only comfortable napping when I'm around and never in the crate after the first night of keeping him in there. (The first day he loved it!)
Help? He's 9 weeks old and one of the most well-behaved pups I've met!