My v, Lucy, is 10 months old. I crate trained her for the first 9.5 months. I wanted to try leaving her out of the crate while I was at work. The first couple of weeks she did fine and now she has decided to destroy anything that is not typically in the room. In the past couple of weeks, she has destroyed 2 pairs of sunglasses, all of my remote controls and one of them twice, my wallet, my Blackberry, and a hat. I don't want to have to crate her anymore because I feel bad for her having to be in a cage while I'm at work. I have a dog door and originally I wanted to let her have the run of the house and the yard but she was jumping in the pool all day, running in the dirt, and then tracking it into the house. I feel bad enough that I have to close the dog door and not allow her to have access to the yard. I really don't want to put her back in the crate again. She doesn't touch the couches or coffee tables or TV's but if you leave a remote on the coffee table or your phone out, then you can kiss it goodbye. Any suggestions?