So we have a new foster dog. His name is Tuk, he's about 2 years old and he came from a home with 3 other dogs. /minor rant We were not told that he has separation anxiety. And since we weren't told he has separation anxiety we didn't insist on having a crate (the rescue is supposed to provide one with every foster) and now we have to replace some carpet and repaint our bathroom door. He's an owner surrender and apparently the foster has been in contact with them for some time so I would expect someone to have picked up on it....but anyway. /end minor rant We are getting a crate (today actually) and the problem is that we aren't going to have time to do proper crate training. He HAS to go in the crate tomorrow, for at least 2 hours, because I am not sacrificing anymore of my house. What can I do to make this easier for him? I have kongs and will put them in there with him but he's never been crated before (that I know of) and I don't want to freak him out completely. Also, he is extremely loving but rather....needy. If you are petting him and you stop he will start nudging you and whining. I've been saying "Tuk, calm down" and having him sit, at which point he generally calms down and lays next to me. Is that the right thing to do? He seems very underconfident. I was trying to let him settle in (and we've had a very hectic weekend) but I'm going to start him on clicker training this week. I've just never had a dog that acts quite like he does....I can't find a good way to explain his behavior.