So, i have a new almost 10wk puppy. We lost our 12 year old this past Fall and had another lab for 13 years before that. We got him at 8 wks. This guy is different in that we had our first lab at 3 months, he never crated, hated it, was potty trained to go out quickly and used dog bed and gates. Second lab was sensitive, got used to crate with minimal crying but was left with door open most of the time and again had run of living room by 3 months, occasional accident but not much. This guy, Gabe, eats in his crate but if you shut the door has horrible reaction even if you are outside of it. He almost got teeth hooked on kennel door biting it frantically and even treats wouldn't have him calm down. This morning he is with my husband by the couch sleeping, (he slept on couch) and is looking at me skeptically. We had played games in his crate, he feeds in there, all things they say to do, but his reactions are so different than I'm used too. If he didn't piddle so often, he still needs to go out every hour or so (longer at night, 4 hours) Poop, he usually barks first at kitchen gate. I was thinking a pen around crate might give him more room and he'll complain but it wont be a cage. I was thinking of putting waterproof rug or fabric on floor or piece of laminate. Has anyone had luck with a pen vs crate? I will keep feeding him in crate and playing games but the biting of the door, the fear he keeps exhibiting is disturbing and obviously has him upset enough to avoid me and it was 2 minutes if that. ; ( I would just let him roam that one room but alone, he chews things the other 2 didn't, wood, etc. I can't trust him to have that much room even if my others did okay early. Thanks for any tips.