Quote: She's fine in her crate but I think the run is much better for long periods of time so she can toilet etc.
While many people new to dogs may think that. I do not agree.
IF your dog is happy and content in the run, what will she be doing? If she's like my pup, asleep in a ball in a corner and basically taking up about as much space as well, just as much space as in a crate.
But crate training has even MORE benefits. Not just a safe place for my dog to be kept when I'm not around to supervise, but also it TRAINS. So my pup will be getting housebroken. NOT learning to chew stuff. NOT learning to try to escape. NOT jumping out. Not being bored and barking (and barking and barking and barking).
I use neither my crate nor my house to exercise my dogs. Whether young (and crated when I'm not home) or older (no crates up now). And I know my dogs spend the vast majority of the time safe and sleeping in a corner (um, maybe on my bed) in the house when I'm gone.
But when I get home, WHOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Hiking/swimming/socializing with a Schnauzer
And the most best wonderful dog thing.... AGILITY!