We have no choice. We have no extra income to pay for the doggie daycare or any close family or friends that can consistently visit to let her out. She is not enclosed in the crate at night. The door is left open and if she needs to potty she uses her pad that is right outside the door of it or wakes us up to be let out. Our 3 year old German shepherd had no problems adjusting at a young age and never made huge poop messes that he rolled around in.