Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
It doesn't harm a dog to learn to be on it's own, either. At some point it will have to be "by itself", and while you are in the house is a good way to start.
That said, when we adopted an adult GSD, we crated him right in the front room. It worked just fine.
The shut down is not a "set in stone" formula. Just like any tool it can be tailor made to the situation and the dog.
Some dogs don't need it. Others - can't settle into a home without it.
To write it off completely because you didn't like one part, makes no sense.
Besides, some dogs do need that much "down time", it all depends on the dog.