Hi! We recently lost our family dog of 10 years to kidney failure. We had adopted her before we were married and had kids, and we spent so much time with our girl when she was a puppy. When kids came along, she was calmer and very sweet. We adopted a dog 2 weeks ago and she's also very sweet but I forgot how tough young dogs can be. Instead of revolving our life around her as we did with our other dog at first, Stella is having to fit into our family. I'm a stay at home mom of a 5 & 7 year old. We are home more than the average family so she does spend a good amount of time out of her crate. However, she cannot yet be left uncrated when unattended for potty reasons and chewing. She's approximately 9 months old. Should they still be so mouthy? I left her uncrated for 15 minutes while walked my kids down the street. She managed to eat a tissue box and finish her Kong. Thank God that's all. We never crate trained our other dog but we were fortunate enough to be able to send her to doggy daycare almost daily. Will my dog forever have to be in a crate while we are out/sleeping? My husband hates her being in the crate and makes me feel guilty for going out more than an hour. I have two kids. It's unrealistic to only be out an hour or two at a time. My main questions are, will she always need to be crated when we are out? Is she still supposed to be play biting? Worried about the kids because it does hurt!