Well kinda long.....Just wondering what other small dog owners do. We have a 8lb or so minpin who is about 4 1/2. She's still pretty much as much of a puppy as she was the day we got her and though I always thought that one day we may stop crating her I just haven't been able to get myself to do it yet. My concern is for her safety more than anything else......our house is very open with lots of windows, the whole back of my house are windows from ceiling to floor so there's so much wildlife for her to see. She runs around, jumps on things, chases things outside that she doesn't realize she can't catch and sometimes hurts herself (as much as we try to break her of this she's still a bit of a spaz) but when she's out while we are home we can help tend to her if or when she hurts herself, if she did something while we are gone I would never forgive myself. Therefore she stays in her little room (aka crate), I mean she goes in it when she doesn't have to so she must like it to some extent. I would just never forgive myself if she got hurt while I'm not home and I feel so much more comfortable that she's in a "safe place" so to say while we are out. Does anyone else go through this??