Emma used to break out of her crate, but not anymore, she grew out of that phase of life!
As an owner of a crate escapee (broke off a tooth, etc. to get out) who never did get a crate strong enough to allow the dog to understand that it's okay to be in a crate sometimes (and no, you cannot destroy it) I don't think you should stop the crate training: I personally regret that I can't stay at a hotel and leave him in the room long enough to get a meal, or take him on a flight, etc. because I gave up and tossed out the crate.Originally Posted By: Luca_stlI agree with Middleofnowhere. Crates are a tool to keep a dog safe. If your dog doesn't need to be in a crate in order to be safe (not chew on cords, destroy the couch, pee on the rug), then you don't need it.
After my two older dogs were "trustworthy" we put the crates away and they have the run of the house when we are not home.