Barbara Ventura, CA 5/22/2010 8:53:33 PM I have owned 12 dogs including the two I have at the present time. I learned to crate train when I adopted a St. Bernard mix. He was 12 lbs. at 6 weeks and was chewing everything in sight. A friend recommended the crate. I purchased a huge one, knowing he was going to be a large animal when fully grown. It turned out to be the best thing I've ever done for my dogs. I would never train another dog without a crate. This method not only protects one's things from ruination, but protects the dog from chewing or eating something that could harm him. Just be sure you purchase a crate large enough for your dog to stand up and move around. My dogs have the "run of the house", but there are times when even an adult dog needs to go into his crate. Mine go in on their own and one of them sleeps in his at night. I've tried training without and with the crate and the latter is a much better choice for my precious pets!