Ok we are trying to crate train our 8 week old new puppy. Here are all the details and things we are doing. We have another blm at home as well.
We have the crate indoors downstairs. We do not have it anywhere by us, where he can see us or the other dog. We have made sure he has recently gone potty. We even wait until he is tired and sleeping. Then we take him to the kennel, continue to say kennel, give him a small treat when he goes in the crate. We have then tried a few different things. First just close the door and walk away, he cries forever. We have put a hard toy in with him, he cries forever. We have even tried holding the door almost closed, put our hand in and pet him until he calms down. Then we close the door, he cries forever. We have left him in for :45 minutes and he will just cry the entire time.
The first 2 nights we would put him in. He would cry for a bit and then get quiet for like 15 minutes then cry. We have been taking him out about every 2 hours when he is crying to go potty. He usually does.