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I wondered that same thing when we first got Shama, but I didn't articulate my question in the forum. I wondered how to reconcile the idea of crate training to help my dog learn to potty only outside with the fact that her crate was always open within the ex pen. I wish I'd asked the question and received Dave's answer. We didn't think to ever close the door to the crate since she was contained in the ex pen. She does OK in the crate in the car and on the rare occasions that we take it somewhere without the entire ex pen, but I think it would have been a good idea to close her in the crate occasionally in the ex pen. At the beginning, she slept exclusively in her crate (door open) within the ex pen, but then we replaced her training tray (plastic grid that clamps over piddle pad) with a plush bed. When she was recovering from being spayed, she slept in/near the plush bed, and she hasn't really returned to her crate. Regarding napping, Shama has always been on the go when not in her pen. Even when she lies down, it's in one spot for a few minutes, then she relocates to another spot. Any noise and she moves. She rarely goes into the pen on her own, but when we put her in there, she flops down in/near her plush bed as if to say, "Finally I can take a nap! What took you so long to put me in here?"