Ricky evacuates his bowels anywhere from 2 to 4 times a day, depending on - how active he's been, what he has been eating, where he is, the weather (he isn't a fan of rain), and other factors. We take him out for a 20 minute walk around 7:30 pm and he will poop om the walk about 50% of the time. He then checks out for the night when we get back by curling up in his day bed in our library while we watch TV, read, or work on our computers.
I put him to bed in his crate in our bedroom around 10 pm when I go to bed. I ALWAYS give Ricky a bedtime cookie (a slice of dehydrated banana) after he enthusiastically runs into his crate (and Ricky is eternally thankful to Tia Karen for this tip). He sleeps quietly all night in his crate but he knows we are nearby because he can hear our "night noises" and occasional goings. We get him up about 6:30 am and take him outside immediately and he will usually poop about 50% of the time depending on what happened yesterday.
I prefer that Ricky sleep in a crate at night, and for that matter Ricky prefers it too. I don't want him prowling around the house while we sleep, too many things to get into mischief. I don't want to step on him in the semi-dark if I need to get up in the night.
I would put Bodie's crate in my bedroom and insist he sleep there at night. I would give him a small bedtime cookie. He might complain the first couple of nights, but that will soon stop. I have confidence that his nighttime pooping will stop too. It's like hitting the "reset" button on your computer.
Well, it is near 6:30 am and time to get Ricky up. We didn't take Ricky out for his walk last night because the wind was blowing hard and the windchill had to be in the 20's. Ricky had a piece of bully stick around 6pm yesterday for TGIF and it works like a mild laxative on him. There is a 100% chance that Ricky will poop this morning. He has a BIG day ahead of him.
UPDATE: I was 100% correct in predicting that there was a 100% chance of Ricky pooping first thing this morning.