I don't think you understand what selzer is trying to say. My dog, Ajax is 11 months old and we haven't used his crate in months for confinement. He's earned his freedom. He's the perfect dog when his left alone in the house, no accidents, nothing chewed on. Even so we have kept the crate. Every couple days, I tell him "bed time" and he happily runs to his crate and I give him a treat. Sometimes I let him out immediately, other times I wait a little.That is your opinion and in my opinion it is like putting your dog in jail!!! And that is that,, how would you like to be in a little tiny room? It could be positive for yo to, if your jailer was positive, ya. I am 65 years old and have had at least one GSD since I was 21 and I have never crated a one of them and I see absolutely no reason to. With the correct training they will do no damage to your home. I also had some punks try to break into my house and my dog bit the guy and the 2 of them ran off. Sure glad I didn't have him crated because who knows what these guys were up to. I don't want to start a fight but I am positive that their is more than one person who agrees with me and you should start a poll asking that.
I also don't like the idea of confining him, but it doesn't matter if you or I think of the crate as jail. What I don't want is my dog thinking of the crate as jail. That's a very important distinction. There is going to be a situation outside of my control that necessitates him being confined, an example would be if he had to stay at the vet's, and when that situation occurs, I don't want him being stressed due to the crate or cage.