Now that Dixie is able to stay out of her crate, actually we got rid of it, it is alot easier and saves space. Quite frequently I find Dave on Dixies bed during the day, I leave the door open so they can do what they want if I am busy. So far Dave has not chewed a thing when left alone and I am in, not even when I go upstairs to talk to OH and shut the livingroom door (giving the dogs the livingroom kitchen and back room) I usually find Dave lying about on the floor or couch, and Dixie on her bed. At the new house, I was planning on having Dave's crate under the stairs, and will have to get a baby gate to keep Dixie in there (its a fairly big space) or she will just help herself to the other rooms! Lol Anyway, between the back door and the kitchen there is a door, and the space is big enough for a good size dog bed on the floor with room for the cats to get by- they will be in the cupboard, will be making a wee ramp or something so their food can be high up out of dogs reach. So do you think its a good idea (once we get settled of course!) to start just putting the dogs in there for short periods in the day to start weaning Dave off the crate? Once Anna comes home I want the space under the stairs free of dogs for the buggy and car seat, changing bag etc.