I've always had dogs and until the last few years never would use a crate. I thought it was cruel confinement and couldn't understand why a person would do such a thing.....until I got a hound. That pup got into EVERYTHING! She was destroying my house and was almost magical in her destructive powers. I'd go out to get the mail (20 feet from my front door) and the trash would be dragged into the living room, the dirty laundry would be up and down the hallway, the bed sheets and blankets would be dragged into the bathroom, the fancy soaps would be under the bed-all within a few minutes. She pulled the doors off the closets! She even got a sticky fly tape off the ceiling by the back door (all this when she was 3 months old)!!! She looked so pitiful with it all stuck to her long floppy ears and I knew in that moment that there was no way I could keep my house and her hide intact. It was only a matter of time before she'd notice electrical cords and bathroom cleaners. I dreaded going home from work and she began to dread it too because there was no glad greeting anymore, only "Oh, no! What have you done now! Bad dog!!!". I ran out and demanded the biggest, strongest dog cage the feed store had (it is big enough for a full-grown St. Bernard) and brought it home and put her in it. She whined and cried and howled (Boy! can a hound howl!!!) then she realized I had put toys and food and water in there and the other dogs couldn't get to it. Of course they had their own food and water but it wasn't "special". She was now able to be greeted at the end of my workday with "Oh! What a good girl!" and hugs and belly rubs instead of mumbling, grumbling and me stomping around cleaning up everything. Life was better, she was happy. I only put her in there when I went to work but I started catching her in there at other times because she began to love it. There was a lot more to it than simply depriving her of freedom. I only had to lock her in it for several weeks and she began behaving better. Now our next pup has the cage and uses it as his den. Try it, you'll see what I mean.