I think it's a great solution. I agree w/everyone about putting plenty of his favorite toys, a favorite blanket of his, etc.. in w/him. It's good that you're getting him used to it, too. While he might not like it for a little while, I'd assume he'd be less traumatized (if at all) by the crate then say if he got outside and was hurt or frightened by other animals, or got lost. GL & let us know how it goes!