May I ask what's the big deal is with your dog sleeping in a crate, if that's where she's comfortable?
Can you put a crate in the livingroom or family room (wherever you watch TV) so she can choose? Our crates are in our livingroom, doors open. Usually, we're watching TV and if you cant find Ginger, look in the back of her crate, she's all curled up, usually with a stuffie <g>Hi Bonesygirl - our lab is the exact same way - wondering if you've done anything or if anything has changed since you first posted this.
@InkedMarie - we'd prefer our puppy to sleep in her crate at night, but if we're all in the front room watching a show or hanging out, we'd love for her to be able to plop down on the carpet or the bed we bought her and sleep. We just want her to be part of the family. But she does get like that cranky toddler, so I'll usually put her in her crate when she gets like that, and she goes right to sleep. We'd just love for her to be with us for naps.
@Roloni - what steps did you take to get her crate free?