I'm a nervous Nellie, so my dogs do not spend any time outside unsupervised. Our property while large, is not fenced so they could easily decide to chase a cat or fox or deer into the next county. They are only outside if we are outside with them. We do have a small fenced in play area, but they won't really play in there together unless we are there to help facilitate the play (throw the ball or whatever).
My husband works from home, so they are not crated when they are inside the house.
Niko: American Showline GSD 5 years old
Rosa: American Muppet Dog (GSD/Border Collie mix) 5 years old