There is no doubt in my mind that a crate is the best solution. Why we try to view what a dog thinks through human eyes is beyond me. Our crate is big and from the second day, Bess chose to go into the crate with Blue to sleep. It's full of cushions and blankets and where they sleep. The problems expressed are nothing to do with a crate, they are to do with an owner who doesn't wish to care or spend time with their dogs, or has got a dog without the means to care for it properly.What would you recommend for the first few nights then, the little bugger will be on its own for the first time?