Excellent pointers from ssimmons99 and Chloesmom. The hardest part of crate training is ignoring all the whining. Do not give in!!! When you start putting him in there and closing the crate, do not make a big deal about it. Just put him in there and go about your business. When you leave the house and return, same thing, no big deal. Don't even let him out right away. Ignore him for a few minutes. Read the mail, go to the bathroom, whatever just ignore him. After a few minutes go over to the crate and open the door. Still ignore him, don't make a big fuss. I know it's hard seeing that wiggly butt so happy to see you, but this is really key in crate training. He will eventually start to love his crate. At night, where does he sleep? I highly recommend that you take the crate in your bedroom with you. He will get comforted a lot easier knowing you are right there. That will also help with the potty training because you will hear him shuffling around ready to go outside. Bring him out to do his business then right back in the crate. Good Luck with this, just remember he is still very young, he will get it. They all do...I promise!