Any tips on helping us leave her outside of her crate? We got Oka comfortable to the crate by doing it in increments 10 mins, 15, 20, 30 etc. It was fine, we could leave her for 3-4hours and she was ok. Then at Christmas we came home after being out for 3.5hours with her having got out of it - we'd taken her on a big walk, toileted, watered left her with a kong. Next day same thing - she'd got out. We bought some climbing calibers to clip the top and bottom of the door and she'd been fine. Until Sunday when we went out for 4 hours (dads birthday) and she had got out - she'd broken one of the clips. Apparently made a bit of a racket at one point - i guess she was looking for us and couldn't find us, she's never done this in the crate after the intial week of getting her used to it. Then she got out again last night whilst taking my daughter to ballet, i was gone maybe 2.5 hours, definatly less than 3. We figure that if she can learn to settle outside the crate we won't bother with it when we have to go out in the day, but i don't want her howling the whole time we are gone. She is just short of 10months, she is crated 8-9 hours overnight with no problems. She is crated 3 times a day for up to 1 hour a time usually it's less, (when i do the school run; as i can't take her in the school grounds and i can't pick the kids up without being on school grounds ), this has never bothered her. What can i do to help her be ok being out? - we've video'd her and she spends her time looking out the window and doesn't settle at all. she calms a little after 5 minutes but doesn't even sit down at any point in 15 minutes - then she whines and howls.