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It is a battle and someone will win. I would make sure that while you are home you make postiive trips to the crate - feed him in the crate - and make it positive place to be. Get some really good treats and do not force him in toss in the treat and have him follow it in. Then praise him and let him come out an do it again.

Then set up short naps in the crate - 2o minutes and let hie back out. Give him a really good chew bone (I like to get the raw bones at the butchers. It will keep him so occupied he probably won't notice you leave. Just shut the door and leave. Work on it every day and build his confidence in being comfortable with being alone. That is why crate training should start immediately. Once they learn they did not have to be crated in the beginning it makes it a little harder.

Do not give up - it is in his best interest and it keeps him safe.
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