I totally agree with the crate training. I put my little guy in his crate his first night home and every night thereafter. Yes his first 2 nights there were cries as there are always the first couple of nights, but now he really like his crate and always goes there when I am out of the house or just need "my time". I have always used the term "kennel up" and when he was old enough training treats on the floor. Always a fun voice and lovies when he is there. Never used as punishment. He will go readily when told and will lay down and sleep even when I am in the room knitting or just having my time. He is now 9 months. He has investigated the latches, but so far has not figured them out. I have never used paper on the bottom of the crate. I did use a soft blanket but he tore that up, so now only the plastic crate liner. Good luck with your little mite.