Wednesday night bad again, after 5 hours barking in crate in kitchen (couldnt take anymore) we let him out,put the stair gate up and went back to bed. He went to sleep at bottom of stairs no whining or barking. So last night we moved the crate to the bottom of the stairs and excellent after a few whines (2 - 3 mins) no barking or whining at all. I hope he will be the same tonight and it wasnt just lucky. Thanks everyone.