For the first 16 months or so of Hersheys life, she has been crated in the kitchen or the office when we are not home. We tried a brief stint of letting her have the run of the house but she has a penchant for chewing knives (another story). So now she is crated, and she likes it. Now the question, do you crate your dogs inside? or outside? A coworker of mine has a kennel outside for his dog and swears they enjoy outide smells and images so he keeps her out there during the day. The house we bought this summer has an outdoor kenel/dog house (the previous owners had a Rhodesian, beautifull!!). Its roofed, 4"x8" with wire on 3 sides, and a solid wall at the back, and a door to a walled in dog house in case she need more shelter. So today its supposed to be nice, 20 C, so i put her out there and we'll see how she is when I get home. I am leaving early today, so I thought it was a good time to try it.