Thanks for the input! I should have specified, I meant limiting his intake of water 2 hours before bed. You all are right though....I think I am overly stressing myself out when I know he's just a pup. Thanks everyone. I will keep you updated with his progress.
Thanks so much for your reply! It's good to hear from people who experienced the occasional peeing in the crate also. I was just worried because I thought it was instinctual to avoid peeing in the crate, but you are right, he's just a pup. I live in an apartment too (4th floor) so I can relate to all the hard work! Haha. Patience is key and I'm sure it'll get better over time.
At that age I had to take all of Luna's bedding out and set a timer to take her out in the middle of the night: I would take her out right before bed at 10:00, again around 12:30, then 3:00, and finally at 6:00. She would be half-asleep, and so would I, but I made her go potty then tucked her back into bed - no playing, no coddling of the puppy, just sleep time.
Around 10 weeks I stretched the time out a little more and gave her some bedding back. A few more weeks (say 13-15 weeks old) I took out the middle of the night one, so was only doing 10:00 and 6:00.
It's a process, they are babies and we need to train them (and their bladders) to go only when and where we want them to.
Well given your pup really won't have somewhat reliable bladder control until no less then 3 month's, and sometimes longer. Some things that might help.
Crates you usually don't want much larger then the lenght of the pup plus about 4 inches, and comfortable to turn around in. Anything larger and you'll find that accidents occure.
For now you may want to consider making the crate only bedtime and emergency's. Other then that try keeping the pup in a portable enclosure in the kitchen, also make sure you use potty pads as well.
Food and water offered in the crate, in the wild when a dog establishes a den he/she will not soil it. The idea is to create a den like enclosure for your pup. Also if your pup has a bed or pillow this goes in the crate as well, favorite toy as well. Some have had sucess in covering the crate as well which will limit the whining at night.
For now might want to start letting the pup sleep in the crate, I know most say " well he/she won't stop whining if I do this" the key term most miss is that they aren't saying don't let your pup sleep in your room, actually I'd recommend that the crate be put in the same bedroom as your'se, this reinforces the den idea and establishes a bond with your dog.
Patience, it will happen for you. Also as a reminder...just washing bedding in laundry soap will not remove the urine smell...use bleach which will remove the amonia and elimiate the urine.
Hope this helps a bit,
Don and Crew