I have a 6 month old almost 7 month old airedoodle. He is crate trained. We have had him 5 months now. We have 2 crates. One in the living room for during the day and one in his bedroom where he is dog bed is for the night. We work typical hours 9-6. Our puppy is crated during the day. This was for potty training and not tearing up our house purposes. We have a dog walker that comes M,T,TH to let him out of his crate and to take him on a 30 minute walk. He goes to daycare on W and F. We are at a point where we think he may be old enough to not have the dog walker. (something has to give. this is getting incredibly expensive to do dog walker and daycare. Ideally, we would like no dog walker and daycare once a week or maybe twice) Our end goal is to be able to leave him in the living room and put up baby gates at the kitchen and steps to block it off and let him have space to roam. Question, how do we get to this point? Would you say keep crating him as we train him to not have a mid day break and once we get pass that point start leaving him out for longer periods of time OR start leaving him out for longer periods of time and continue with the dog walker letting him out each day? We would also like for him to not have to sleep in a crate but just in his dog bed. I'm nervous he will potty in the middle of the night or be roaming around the house eating socks. lol. Help! FYI, we won't completely get rid of the crates. We know that is his safe space. We just want to be able to leave the door open in case he wants to walk around.