LOL! I can't tell you how much raising Havs reminds me of raising my human babies!
We got Bonnie at 14 weeks and she was 100% crate trained. Cool. Duncan Mac is 10 weeks and is 100% crate trained AT NIGHT. LOL. During the day, it's a crap-shoot. 50/50. Sometimes, he barks about 5 minutes before settling into the crate. Sometimes it's 30 minutes!
At that point, I usually give up! But I'm confused! Isn't he a sleepy puppy? How can he protest so much? Why? Of course, he doesn't mind being cuddled at all! LOL. Guess I should get out my Baby Bjorn and front-carry him around with me as I clean the house like I did when my babies were fussy????
I only crate him a couple of times a day -- if I'm going out for a bit or if it's time for his nap. If I throw a treat in there it helps but I'm still confused why he protest so much. Will he just get over it if I let him bark it out? He's not frantic, just persistent.
Interestingly, at night, his crate sits right next to Bonnie's. And the two of them snooze next to each other. She sleeps through the night, but he needs a potty break or two, but, like I said, he NEVER barks at NIGHT in his crate. Maybe 'cause he's next to his best buddy?