I am crate training Bessie...and I just wanted to find out if it breaks your hearts as much as it does mine to leave them in the crate while you leave the house? I did this with my older dog and finally got rid of the crate because he was behaving fine and wouldn't use the house as his potty any more. With the puppy though, we aren't close to leaving her with free roam of the house. We've tried leaving her just in the bathroom, but she won't go on the puppy pads and it is leaving the bathroom smelling horrible! Since the crate training began she hasn't been going in the house, she waits until we get outside. I have to put her in the crate at night as well because she will go on the bed in the early morning hours if we don't wake up early enough to let her out. It's just heartbreaking to know that she has to spend half her day in the crate. She has her toys, water and some food. I just needed to let it out.