Exactly the same here. I too have had dogs all my life and have never used a crate, day or night. If my dog needs to go out and pee at night he'll let me know.I've had dogs most of my life and have never owned a crate. There were several incidents with new rescues when they chewed up a pillow or a hat.. but that behavior stops once they settle in. If your dog continues to be destructive as an adult, it's a pretty good indicator they are not getting enough mental/physical stimulation.