I've seen multiple opposing opinions on many various forums on these and was hoping to collect on some of your experiences. We will be bringing home our 8 week old pup later this month, and I'm trying to determine where the pups crate should be while we're at work (we're staggering lunches to try to keep stays as close to three hours as possible). There is an Elderly German Shepherd who is a puppy at heart, for the 30 minutes before he's beat tired. Also, an elderly chihuahua who sleeps all day and doesn't amuse the old shepherds occasional play requests. We have a dog door and the others have free roam of the living room and kitchen. Options are: 1. Crate in spare bedroom farthest from the action of the bark-a-thon that is our dog heavy neighborhood norm. 2. Crate in spare bathroom with door open, segregated from the others but open for visits. 3. Crate in the main area where the dogs mostly sleep all day, except barking at neighbor dogs being walked.