So Maddie my energetic black lab is now 1 year old and still had some pretty destructive separation anxiety. Nothing too bad, but will still chew on wash rags and various plastic items on the counter. SO we scored a large crate at a yard sale and are going to start using it. Being that she's never been crated before we've started off very nice. She already knows it as her "Cage" and we've been feeding her and giving her treats when she gets in. As for when we leave, we gate her in the kitchen with the crate open and have her bed and toys in there (the crate) as well. I would like to know if there's anything I should/shouldn't be doing AND had the question of bed time... Should we take the crate in our room with her bed in it to get her used to it? I have yet to lock her in there until I asked you guys lol :-) Any help would be great!