mine are all kenneled when we leave. They cant be trusted to stay out of trouble or the trash or off the counters (even when there is NOTHING in the trash can and we dont leave anything on the counters). They get all crazy and hyped up when we get homes and they get ignored until they chill out and stop. If we approached the crates and they start getting hyped up again, they get ignored again. Thats how we do it. I'm hoping Shasta will be allowed to have free run of the house when we're gone but i doubt it.