Fin loves his crate but its abit of patience getting him to like it first!
He wouldget sick and poo With stress, so for the first week he slept with us.
Then we gradually put him in the crate, so he would fall asleep with us and id have the crate right beside my bed with my hand thru the bars when i put him back in there.
I also started feeding him in there, threw toys so he would go in their on his own accord.
Kikopup on youtube teaches how to help them enjoy being alone.
Thats what i used. I would leave the door open and put throw a treat in there, wen he first steps into the crate i would click and then put one infrint of him in the crate.
Whenever he wanted to come out he could be by the end of it now he sits in his crate as if to say. Im ready for my treats now! Lol
He also has a kong that i put in there and attach to the crate so he has to sit in there and play with it. Still with the door open but his in there which is what its about,
He has a big playpen that is attached to his crate so he can have his downtime in there and go in his crate when he wants to sleep, while im at work. Only his toys and water bowl is in there its a great tool!
He will now when we are inside but he needs some downtime, we will put him in his exercise pen and he still whines abit at first but ignore!..and hell go straight in his pen, make this noise asif to throw a little sulk and fall asleep
What ever you do, ignore the crying, its attention seeking! If its unbearable i say, "enough!" and walk into the bathroom and close the door quite loudly, and he did for a while keep whining.. To that i then came out and said enough one more time he would shh for a second and then i would get him to sit, id take him out to potty just incase he needed it, and most the time he did just want a little tinkle
thats what i found when he was being extra stubborn to shh!
I know how you feel my Fin is a very noisy little fella. He will whine at everything to test me, i just have to ignore it. I googled probably 10 times a day how to i get a puppy to stop whining! But the best answer is ignore! .. Its hard but SO worth it..