Good for you in buying a crate!
As for it being too hot while he is in there, can you set up a fan that doesn't blow on him, but circulates the air near him?
A few other suggestions would be:
- Keep the crate door open when you are home and he is not locked in it. My dogs now use it as a place to get away from each other and have some quiet time alone.
- Start him off in the crate the first time with YOU getting in the crate and "inviting him in". (I can see the eye rolls from some of the real
trainers here, but it worked for all 8 dogs I have crated.)
It seemed to show them that it is on okay place to hang out. And I will admit to being a mush.
-When you return home from school, don't get all excited and crazy to see him (although it is VERY hard not to!). Go in your room, give him little eye contact and for a minute do something else. Then calmly walk over and open the crate.
-Really plan out exactly how you are going to do all of this, so you can present yourself as calm and a leader.
GOOD LUCK! Let us know!