So, i guess i'll keep up with crate training.
this whole situation came to light when 2 weeks ago (or so) he broke down the gate. it was screwed to the wall in two places and had a latch on the other side. First he nosed the latch open, then the next day, when i put something so that he couldnt undo the latch, that was when he actualy broke through the gate. The gate also works better for my house because i have a cat as well and dont really want to try and chase it around in the morning to put it in the basement with the littler box... there's always something !! haha