I am glad you chose the crate. My dogs are crated when I am gone for longer than 30 minutes at a time. It is not just for potty training purposes, but also for safety issues. Growing up we kenneled our dog at a “in-home” center and they let the dogs rome free. She somehow got into a cabinet and into some rat poision and cleaners. After thousands of dollars and lots of praying, she survived but was scarred for life. I highly recommend not leaving any dog unsupervised. They are like babies and will stick anything in their mouth.