With our first ever dog, we would leave her in a breezeway room when we went to work. She destroyed a lot in that room. Just a funny...the dog was not allowed on the furniture, but when we came home after work, we would see her hop off the chair in the breezeway as soon as she saw our headlights hit the driveway. When we had to put her down and got our second and current dog 12 years ago, we decided a crate would be the best option while we were gone. Well that didn't work much better. She must have destroyed two dozen beds while we were gone. I did some Googling and found advice that said just leave the crate open. Now that means she has the run of the house while we are gone. We were both very skeptical and worried about what she could do. It has turned out terrific and going on 4 years now. We leave, give her a treat in her crate and leave the door open. Sometimes we come home and she is still in her crate, other times she has moved to a sunbeam, but no house damage, no bed damage etc. All dogs are different, but I just thought I would pass along our experience. She is now 12 and according to charts, that equates to about 74 in human years. I love the dog and hope she lasts a few more years. She is a shepherd mix and weights 50#. But, once she is gone, I want longer vacations, so I don't think another is in our future. She is a lot grayer now, this is from about 5 years ago.