Hello , we have a 9 week old Miniature Labradoodle. I hope it’s okay to post on here even though Albi isn’t a Labrador but I have found reading this forum really useful . We got Albi a week ago today and things have been going pretty well . He is in a crate downstairs - up until last night I have slept on a mattress near him . He has settled to seep without too much crying and for the first few days cried 2 times between 10pm and 6am . I took him straight out to the garden , he did his business and went back to sleep quickly . A few nights he has actually slept though . Last night however , he crashed out so early 845pm but I put him in his crate anyway . I got up at midnight even though he hadn’t cried and took him out to do a wee . I woke at 530am with him crying and discovered he had soiled in his crate . This hadn’t just happened though and I’m wondering why he hadn’t cried or was his crying never a toilet signal anyway ? Although I was upstairs I could easily hear him if he cried . He wasn’t distressed at all . We haven’t been using puppy pads for toilet training but rather taking him outside frequently which has been working well . We have had a couple of accidents and in fact twice he has entered his crate to wee in there ! Is his crate too big perhaps ? It’s bigger than we had planned but a friend offered it to us so we took it . He has a bed in there and blankets so it’s cosy and comfy . We had thought about putting puppy pads at one end then decided we would rather just get up during the night and take him out . I am now concerned he will see no issue in toileting in his crate . Any advice appreciate . Many thanks .