Just wondering peoples views really. I personally have never used one and I always thought it rather cruel, however after reading peoples posts and looking at crate training, my opinion has somewhat changed and crating just seems another option with our furry little friends and seems to have alot of benifits. I personally use a dog bed. I big plastic one with a big cushion in it for comfort for Marley, however, Harmony will absolutly not, never or will sleep in a bed! I have tried everything from blankets, towels, cushions, plastic beds, matirial beds but she hates them all! The only thing she will have is a dog mat (like the mats you wipe your shoes on) not padded or anything. Anyway, thats what she likes so thats what she has. Also, both dogs are in the kitchen. One at on side of the table and one at the other side although sometimes Marley goes over to Harmony for a cuddle on her mat. lol.