Well, the wife was out of town lastnight, so I decided to see how Kain would do sleeping outside his crate. I figured this would be the best time for the experiment (plenty of time for me to clean up any messes and/or destruction he may cause before the wife gets home today). I gave him a good brushing, grabbed a soft (quiet) chew toy, and off to bed we went. The evening started with him lying on my wife's side of the bed but he soon jumped to the floor and found a good spot by the bedside (even better). He slept there all night without a peep, almost forgot he was there when I got up this morning. I did however close the bedroom door so that he didn't have free run of the house unsupervised, haven't gotten the courage up for that experiment yet. It was a good night's sleep. Ya know, there's something very reassuring about having a German Shepherd sleeping next to ya.