Leela Revere, Massachusetts 1/10/2015 8:55:55 AM Please don't crate him all day. My boyfriend and I had a dog that was crate trained for night sleeping. We split up and he took the dog. He started to crate him most of the day as he was out a lot. He also slept in the crate. I don't think at the time he thought he was being cruel. He thought the crate offered safety for our dog. But he was just in there too much. My sweet dog became anxious and aggressive. He realized that he didn't have time for the dog, but because of the change in the dog, nobody wanted him. He was going to put him down. I happened to run into him and asked if I could please have him back. I work full time. I actually took a vacation to see how he would be outside of the crate all day. He did great and I decided not to use the crate anymore. My dog sleeps on the couch and has never torn the couch up. I did put up a child gate to keep him out of a room with breakable items. But, he pretty much sleeps for the day. As far as his temperament- It has taken so many hours of training, and a lot of love, but, he is getting better, although he will probably never be the same. I am not against crating either. I just think there is a responsible way to use them. Instead of making my dog feel safe and using it as a training tool, it became a prison.