I'm wanting to teach her to enjoy the crate, and it's a huge one (I can get in it with her, and we could probably fit another person or dog as well)) She does not like it, though she doesn't got berserk when I get her in, but she has figured out how to undo the top latch on the door and then squeezes out the opening that makes that's about 7 inches at most, which the bottom latch still in place. Next day I tried a bungee cord around the whole thing and she just chewed through it and then let herself out again. I leave her between 1 -3 hours at the most. When she's left out alone/ free, occasionally she does fine, but usually she leaves some trail of destruction in her wake; i.e. drapes are down, pillows are all over the house - some un-stuffed. I leave her with stuffies and a good bone, and again, sometimes she does great. I've tried baby gates and she can knock then down as well . . . . I leave her outside in the yard for one stint in the morning when it is still fairly cool, but it's really too hot to leave her out there in the afternoon. I'm home at least 3-4 times during my workday (9 hours/ 4 days a week) to check on her, and I'm also wondering if it makes it worse coming home more often than not. I'm thinking I just need to stick with it because the crate can be valuable in some situations . . . maybe just add some latch reinforcements? She will go in it occasionally in the evenings when we are just relaxing and lay down in it, so she doesn't absolutely hate it, but hates when I leave the house.